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INVITE (2019-2024) Innovation in plant variety testing in Europe

A H2020 funded project gathering 29 public & private partners and coordinated by IRHS. INVITE will focus on seven main crops: wheat, maize, sunflower, Ray-Grass, apple, tomato and potato.

The project aims at improving efficiency of variety testing and availability of information to stakeholders on variety performance under diversified production conditions and on biotic and abiotic stresses. It adresses DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) and performance testing in a balanced way and intends to maximize synergies between them through related activities based on phenotyping, genotyping, modelling and data base management.


Contact : (francois.laurens @



OPTIMA (2018-2022)

OPTIMA is a H2020 funded project gathering 15 public & private partners. It will develop optimised Integrated Pest Management framework for vineyards, apple orchards and carrots by providing a holistic integrated approach which includes all critical aspects related to integrated disease management, such as novel bio-PPPs use, disease prediction models, spectral early disease detection systems and precision spraying techniques. At IRHS, the QuaRVeg team will evaluate the effects of biocontrol products on Alternaria dauci and the receptivity of different carrot genotypes to these products with transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches.


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Carrot Leaf disease - credit : Agrocampus Ouest Valérie Le Clerc

Friendly Fruit (2018-2021)

A demonstrator project funded by EIT Climate-Kic & CSA Booster gathering 17 public & private partners, coordinated by IRHS.

The project aims to identify, organize and set up the appropriate structure in the long term to define, test, implement and promote environment-friendly agriculture practices in various regions in the fruit industry. It also aims to empower farmers with key knowledge so they can make a practical step change towards more sustainable farming and adaptation to Climate Change. Strawberry and apple fruit production will be used as a test case.


Contact : francois.laurens @

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DiverIMPACTS (2017 – 2022)

DiverIMPACTS is a H2020 funded project gathering 34 public & private partners. DiverIMPACTS supports innovation actors, from farmers to consumers, in their dynamic development of sustainable agricultural systems. It aims at diversification of cropping systems through rotation, intercropping, multiple cropping promoted by actors and value chains towards sustainability.


Contact : g.hellou @



DIVERSify (2017 – 2021)

DIVERSify is a H2020 funded project gathering 23 public & private partners. DIVERSify will produce knowledge and tools to support the adoption of productive and resilient agricultural systems which capitalise on the benefits of high plant species diversity, enhance understanding of how synergistic plant teams can contribute to yield stability, reduce yield losses due to weeds, pests and diseases, and increase resilience against environmental fluctuations and management practices.


Contact: g.hellou @


EUCLEG (2017 – 2021)

EUCLEG is a H2020 funded project coordinated by INRA, bringing together 38 public & private partners to increase EU’s and China’s protein self-sufficiency. EUCLEG aims to identify and develop the best genetic resources, phenotyping methods and molecular tools to breed legume varieties with improved performance under biotic and abiotic stresses in the representative European and Chinese agro-ecological areas. The IRHS will contribute by phenotyping seed and seedling performance related to crop establishment.


Contact: (julia.buitink @

GENOME_ROSE (2016 - 2019)

In the framework of an international consortium (10 teams) coordinated by IRHS and funded by INRAE and Region Pays de la Loire, a high quality sequence of Rosa chinensis « Old Blush » has been obtained (Hibrand-Saint Oyant et al; 2018, Nature Plants) and the genetic determinism of important ornamental traits as double flower has been elucidated.


Contact: (fabrice.foucher @

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Nature 4 Cities (2016-2020)

The objective of this H2020 funded project is to structure and to develop an interactive platform for urban actors, by proposing databases, decision tools and evaluation tools for nature based solutions settlement in urban areas.


Contact: patrice.cannavo @


XF-ACTORS (2016 – 2020)

XF-ACTORS is a multidisciplinary H2020 funded project gathering 29 partners. It is the first research project in Europe entirely devoted to the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa . The main objective is to accomplish researches and innovation actions to improve the prevention, early detection and control of Xylella fastidiosa under different phytosanitary conditions.


Contact: marie-agnes.jacques @

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PONTE (2015-2019)

PONTE is a H2020 funded project gathering 25 public & private partners. The POnTE project aims at minimizing the risk of introduction or impact of emerging pests threatening EU agriculture and forestry, including Xylella fastidiosa . Concerning this pathogen, the studies will be focused on the Italian and French outbreaks, and will target its detection, genomic characterization and a better identification of its vectors. Pathogenicity tests and control methods will be conducted to decrease the impact of the pathogen of potential high socio-economic importance in agriculture, forestry and ornamentals.


Contact: marie-agnes.jacques @

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