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Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming systems


The CO-FREE project aims to develop innovative methods, tools and concepts for the replacement of copper in European organic and low input fruit, grapevine, potato, and tomato production systems. Copper-free production systems will be achieved by (i) providing alternative compounds, (ii) smart application tools and (iii) by integrating these tools into traditional and novel copper-free crop production systems. The copper-free apple, grapevine, potato and tomato production systems will be (iv) evaluated in a multi-criteria assessment with respect to agronomic, ecologic and economic performance. CO-FREE will also develop strategies to develop (v) smart breeding goals by development of crop ideotypes and (vi) foster consumer acceptance of novel disease-resistant cultivars by consumers and retailers.

By involving farmers, advisors, plant protection industry, policy makers and researchers as well as the stakeholders of the European organic and low input sector (food supply chain, retailers, producers associations), CO-FREE will ensure a rapid development, dissemination and adoption of the copper replacement strategies. The multidisciplinary consortium proposed for the project includes 11 academic and 10 industry (all SMEs) partners from 11 European countries. All partner institutions are leaders in their respective fields and/or are leading providers of advisory services.

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Programme (de recherche)
  • European Union: 7th Research Framework Programme
Direction du projet du FiBL / contact
  • Tamm Lucius (Directeur pour la coopération, Département des sciences des plantes)
Collaborateurs du FiBL
Domaines de recherche
  • Protection des plantes & phytopathologie (Département des sciences des plantes)
  • Sélection végétale (Département des sciences des plantes)
Numéro du projet FiBL 25028
Date de modification 11.06.2019