The experimental plantation of La Mayora, a place located at the Malacitan town of Algarrobo, on the middle of the Axarquia, is considered a flagship European centre for the studies on Mediterranean and sub-tropical cultives and the introduction of new varieties of exotic fruits.
La Mayora, a centre that we already talked about here in B bou Hotels thanks to their recovery of one of the most traditional cultives of the Axarquia, the tomato of Velez-Malaga or ‘melillero’, has recently celebrated the 56th anniversary of its creation. In fact, it was in 1961, May 20th, when this project, the biggest European tropical reserve, started.
One of its main goals was to settle the base for the Eastern Costa del Sol to become a producer of avocados and mangos, true symbols of the Axarquia as we already explained here at B bou Hotels.
But they are not the only varieties worked on this centre, integrated on the UMA and CSIC networks, where 18 Universidad de Málaga‘s teachers are based; for example, Ethiopian coffee, Peruvian physalis or Chinese ‘dragon eye’ also live on its plantation of 50 hectares.
Also, the genetic improvement for the quality and security of the fruits and the vegetal protection to prevent plagues, viruses, bacteria and fungus, are other lines of research of an European top-of-the-line centre.