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16th days of open doors in the Garden of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants at IHPS

We invite you to the 16th days of open doors in the Garden of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants at our institute, which will take place on May 5th and 6th, 2023, from 8am to 6pm. Excellent lectures will be held, and there will be a sale of organically grown herb seedlings throughout the event – both days from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

There will be also guided tours through a diverse range of organic medicinal and aromatic plants in the Garden of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.

It is certainly a very interesting and current event, and we will be happy to have your company!

More (in Slovene): 16. dneva odprtih vrat v Vrtu zdravilnih in aromatičnih rastlin na IHPS – predavanja, prodaja sadik | Facebook


Commodity Expert Working Group (CEG) – HOPS

The #mucf Commodity Expert Group (CEG) #hops met today to discuss issues related to #minoruses. Presentations on treated LWA (leaf wall area) calculation in hops and an overview of a CBCVd monitoring carried out in Germany complimented this meeting. We would like to thank all the participants, more than 16 experts from 7 different European countries and the US, for participating in the remotely held meeting.

Zaslonski posnetek udelezencev

IHPS attended PAG30

From 13. 1. to 18. 1. San Diego (USA) was hosting an International Plant and Animal Genome Conference that was attended also by our coworkers. Associate Prof. Andreja Čerenak presented  Biotechnological Approaches Used in Slovenian Hop Breeding Program at the Hop Breeding and Genomics Session. PhD students Marjeta Eržen and Lucija Luskar presented their research work with posters. More than 3500 attendees have gathered during six days of conference.

Andreja Čerenak za govorniškim odrom in poslušalci v dvorani

Lucija Luskar - levo in Marjeta Eržen - desno, stojita pred obešenim postrom

Successful Conclusion of the Two-Day 60th Jubilee Seminar on Hops in Portorož

Successful Conclusion of the Two-Day 60th Jubilee Seminar on Hops in Portorož

On February 9th and 10th, 2023, the Institute held the highly anticipated 60th anniversary seminar on hops in Portorož, Slovenia. The esteemed event was formally inaugurated by the Institute’s director, Mr. Bojan Cizej, the esteemed hop elder, Aljoša Uršič, and hop princess, Minca Marovt.

M.Sc. Marjeta Bizjak, on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food, extended a warm welcome to the participants. During her speech, she emphasized the importance of sustainable food production and the pressing environmental challenges facing the industry. She proposed irrigation, a circular economy, and the development of new hop varieties that are resilient to climate change, diseases, and pests as potential solutions. She expressed hope that the seminar would provide solutions and conclusions that would aid the ministry in its future endeavors.

Following her opening remarks, M.Sc. Bizjak delivered a compelling presentation on the Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027, focusing on hop cultivation. All 110 attendees listened with rapt attention.

The two-day seminar featured 22 professional lectures presented in three sections, performed by a blend of in-house and guest experts.

The director of IHPS, Mr. Bojan Cizej, concluded the seminar by sharing 15 key takeaways that were derived from the lectures and discussions held during the event.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the participants, especially the hop growers and experts in the field of hops, for their active engagement.

We also wish to express our sincere gratitude to all the sponsors who provided financial support to make this momentous 60th anniversary seminar on hops a resounding success.

Otvoritev seminarja.Marjeta Bizjak, predava udeležencem seminarjaDvorana z udeleženci, spredaj hmeljarska princesa in hmeljarski starešina


Autumn meeting of the Commodity Expert Group (CEG) Minor Uses in Hops

The Autumn meeting of the Commodity Expert Group (CEG) Minor Uses in Hops took place face-to-face in the hop region in Poperinge, Belgium from 8 to 9 November, 2022. The meeting was attended by 20 experts from 5 EU countries and also from the USA. On the meeting exchanged experiences from the last hop growing season, plant protection issues in each MS, reports on noteworthy 2022 trials and projects in EUMUDA, and an outlook on planned 2023 activities. General issues on the agenda were the concept of LWA in a hop production, the EU review situation for hops and EU MRL situation, regulatory affairs, and MRL status for different hop markets over the world (India, Korea, Vietnam, etc.). On the meeting CEG members informed about a Proposal for Sustainable use of PPPs and amending Regulation (EU) 2021/2115. The most important issue at the meeting was an organic hop production – and its expected development in the near future.

After the formal meeting, we visited a hop farm that grows hops according to the principles of organic production. After the tour, we had the opportunity to test  their beers, brewed from organic hops.

Group picture on stairs of Poperinge town hall

Several CEG Hops participants in front of Poperinge town hall.



We are pleased to inform you that on August 7th, 2017, STYRIAN HOPS were registered as Protected Geographical Indication.

Consequently, starting with the 2017 harvest, hops produced from Slovenian varieties in Slovenia will be marked with EU labels.

Let it serve the Slovenian Hop Industry!

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