Department activities

  • Research and development in the field of fruit tree genetics and their breeding using modern molecular-biological methods
  • Design of systems for genotyping apple, cherry and apricot trees
  • Use of molecular biology methods for assisted breeding in apple and cherry trees
  • Search for new markers for economically interesting traits in cherries
  • Determination of S-alleles in self-pollinated and cross-pollinated cherries
  • Research and development in the field of diagnostics of fruit crop pathogens using ELISA and PCR methods
  • Introduction of modern methods of diagnostics of plant pathogens
  • Identification and detection of new viruses in strawberries.

Services and offer for growers

  • Laboratory diagnostics of fruit crop pathogens in an accredited laboratory


A quality management system has been introduced in the laboratories of the Laboratory Complement in accordance with the standard ČSN EN ISO/IEC 17025: 2018 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Based on meeting the requirements of this standard, the Laboratory Complement obtained on January 12, 2017 a certificate of accreditation from the Czech Accreditation Institute for the detection of plant pathogens using molecular biological methods, specifically for the Ca Detection method. Phytoplasma spp. 16SrX group with PCR method from plant material. Further details on the accreditation of the Laboratory Complement can be obtained directly on the website of the Czech Accreditation Institute. By the decision of the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (ÚKZÚZ) of June 24, 2014, the Research and Breeding Fruit Institute Holovousy, s.r.o. is entrusted with the performance of professional activities of the reference laboratory for diagnostics of apple proliferation phytoplasma and plum pox virus diagnostics. Decision to entrust the performance of the professional activity of the reference laboratory:
The Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (ÚKZÚZ) has extended the mandate of the Research and Breeding Fruit Institute Holovousy, s.r.o. to perform testing of propagating material of hops and fruit species for the presence of harmful organisms, the list and methods of testing are given in Annex 2 (No.: 64262/2017-MZE-17221) of the National Recovery Program for the Recovery of Propagating Material (NOPRM). Decision to authorize the testing of propagating material:

Basic information about VŠÚO

RESEARCH AND BREEDING FRUIT INSTITUTE HOLOVOUSY s.r.o. has been engaged in research of fruit growing and the breeding of fruit crops continuously for almost seven decades. The research activity of the institute includes practically all fruit crops that are grown on the territory of the Czech Republic as market cultures. As part of the solution of research projects supported by various providers (MZe/ NAZV, MŠMT, GAČR, MK, TAČR), it creates almost all types of outputs defined by the Research Organizations' Results Evaluation Methodologies and submitted to the Register of Results Information. These are both results of a publishing nature and applied results. Researchers and scientists publish research results in impacted, peer-reviewed, as well as in other professional and popular journals. The organization has been publishing Scientific Work on Fruit Growing for 60 years. The journal publishes original scientific works from the fruit growing industry. It is a peer-reviewed journal included in the List of peer-reviewed non-impact journals (periodicals) published in the Czech Republic. It is cited in CA B Abstracts/Horticultural Science Abstracts, Plant Breeding Abstracts, AGRIS. The successfully commercialized results include legally protected varieties, so far almost 85 varieties of individual fruit species have been entered and registered, other varieties are still undergoing the registration process. A number of varieties were granted a protection of rights in the Czech Republic and subsequently in the European Union. In particular, there is a great interest in cherry varieties in the world, two varieties have been granted a US Plant Patent. Furthermore, several results in the field of pilot plant and verified technologies were realized and contractually handed over to the user in VŠÚO Holovousy in the last five-year period. An important component of the transfer of research results into practice are growing methodologies, which are passed on to users - professionals - professional fruit growers

Company executives  
Ing. Tomáš Zmeškal
Ing. Jaroslav Vácha

Ing. Jan Blažek, CS c.
Ing. Josef Kosina, CS c.
Ing. Václav Ludvík
Ing. František Paprštein, CS c.
Jaroslav Muška
Ing. Radoslav Potůček

Company Supervisory Board
Ing. Josef Kosina
Mgr. Vladimír Samek
Mgr. Hana Vránová