The Tropical and Subtropical Crops Division provides sustainable and appropriate technologies for production and post-harvest handling of citrus and subtropical crops in order to enhance food security and nutrition, global competitiveness and wealth creation by addressing national priorities through its research agenda and related activities.
The mandate crops of ARC-TSC include the following:
avocado, banana, citrus, coffee, granadilla (passion fruit), guava, litchi, macadamia, mango, papaya, pecan and pineapple;
ginger, medicinal plants, herbs and essential oil crops;
indigenous fruit crops, e.g. Sclerocarya birrea (marula), several Dovyalis spp. including Kei-apple, Engelerophytum magalismontanum (stem-fruit), Garcinia livingstonei (Lowveld mangosteen), amongst others; and
exotic crops such as carambola, surinam cherry, white sapote and jaboticaba.