ROSA Menéndez, director at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has visited the new Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM) building at it reaches its final stages of completion.
The new facility, named La Mayora is designed to provide a research centre to understand the criteria involved in sustainable farming and intensive sub tropical fruit production.
Construction is currently under 2/3 completion, with the third floor being the final part of the project to be completed.
Officials estimate that it will be autumn 2020 before research teams can move into the premises.
Rosa Menéndez visited La Mayora to attend a meeting with the centre’s director, Enrique Moriones, vice-directors Eduardo Rodríguez and Rafael Fernández and manager, Antonio Cordón.
The head of the University of Malaga, José Ángel Narváez, the vice-rector of Research and Transfer, Teodomiro López, and the deputy vice-rector of Research Services and Institutes, Margarita Pérez were also in attendance.
“It is a building equipped with the highest technology, which is already bearing fruit without being completed”, said Narváez, who highlighted the importance of this alliance between the UMA and the CSIC.
Overall, Menéndez was satisfied with the progress of the institution which will endeavour to bring scientists and researchers together from both leading organisations to demonstrate how “knowledge can transform society”.