The Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU) is the only university in Estonia whose priories in academic and research activities provide the sustainable development of natural resources necessary for the existence of Human Society as well as the preservation of heritage and habitat. EMU undertakes internationally acknowledged scientific research, carries out innovative activities, provides science based academic education and promotes life-long learning. EMU is a centre for research and development in Estonia in agriculture, forestry, animal science, veterinary science, rural life and economy, food science, biodiversity, nature conservation, renewable natural resources and environmentally friendly technologies.
The academic structure is composed of research and development institutes or institutions, centres and other structural units. Currently, teaching and research is carried out in five institutes.
The Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at EMU is responsible for research and development, and university level education in plant cultivation and plant biology, horticulture, plant health, soil science and agrochemistry, landscape ecology and management, landscape architecture, biological diversity and applied hydrobiology in Estonia. Chair of Horticulture is responsible for teaching of horticultural subjects and research in fruit and vegetable biochemistry and quality.