Historically we have conducted our research by combining our talents with those of numerous partners.
This partnership culture is a matter of course in research: it guarantees efficiency and knowledge sharing for the benefit of all stakeholders in the sector. Located in the heart of the main French fruit and vegetable production areas, our research sites constitute, in partnership or in association with the regional experimentation stations, a unique experimentation network in Europe.
Member of GIS PIClég and GIS Fruits
The Scientific Interest Group PIClég or GIS PIClég coordinates and directs a national multidisciplinary research and development programme for vegetable crops. Its objective is to develop innovative cropping systems for vegetable crops, based on broad consultation between the different stakeholders involved in research, experimentation and development.
The Scientific Interest Group GIS Fruits contributes to « sustainable development » oriented innovation by producing scientific and operational knowledge for the « fruit » sector. The major challenge is to ensure at all levels, the ability of the sector to be present on the markets by meeting societal expectations while improving the technical and economic performance. It must be able to reconcile several objectives: to provide quality fruit at a price that is acceptable to consumers while integrating new environmental requirements and, more generally, implementing practices that consume fewer inputs, as set out in the national Ecophyto 2018 plan, and this in a context of current climate change in French fruit-growing areas.
Involvement in competitiveness clusters
The CTIFL is a member of the Board of Directors of two competitiveness clusters:
The CTIFL participes in the strategic decisions of the Végépolys Valley cluster as a regional stakeholder. It takes part in scientific decisions of the cluster as a member of its Scientific and Technological Orientation Council (COST) and is also a member of the Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation cluster.
The Mixed Technological Networks
At the national level, the CTIFL is co-leader, with ACTA and INRAE, of a joint technology network (RMT) on Functional Biodiversity. The CTIFL is a partner of five other joint technology networks, renewed or created in 2013.
The European EUFRIN and EUVRIN networks
The EUFRIN network
The EUFRIN network is an informal network of universities and research institutes working on fruits. The CTIFL is a member of the EUFRIN board as well as of several working groups:
- apple-pear (varieties, rootstocks)
- peach-apricot (variety evaluations)
- postharvest and fruit quality
- sustainable production to minimize residues
The EUVRIN network
The EUVRIN network was created in 2016. The CTIFL is associated with the EUVRIN board, as well as working groups on:
- fertilisation and
- aspects of quality/postharvest
The ACTA network
In order to broaden its competencies and to tackle cross-cutting issues that go beyond our sector alone, the CTIFL works alongside the other agricultural technical institutes federated within the ACTA network.
Collaboration with schools
For many years the CTIFL has collaborated with several schools of higher education within the framework of research and training among which Agrocampus Ouest, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, ESA of Purpan, IUT of Savoie Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand Polytech, IUT of Avignon and ESNCBP of Bordeaux, ISFFEL of Rennes, ESA group, IFOPCA of Paris, and with agricultural high schools within the framework of specific projects. This has led to the creation of scientific and technical ecosystems in various regions.
- Collaboration with Balandran research centre
> INRAE, Cirad, CNRS, ADEME, Montpellier SupAgro, Avignon University, CTCPA, Terralia competitiveness cluster.
- Collaboration with Carquefou research centre and schools
> Different Joint Research Units between INRAE Angers / Rennes and Agrocampus Ouest, notably IRHS and IGEPP, the ACTA network, Arvalis, IFV and Itepmai.
- Collaboration with Lanxade research centre
> Bordeaux University, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, IMS, INRAE Bordeaux, Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation, INRAE, UMT Ecotech, Cluster Machinisme, Chambers of Agriculture in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, IFV, Inno’Vin, Aquitaine Robotics, Aetos, CETIM.
- Collaboration with La Morinière research centre
> Tours University, INRAE.
- Collaboration with the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence research centre
> INRAE Avignon, Avignon University, Terralia competitiveness cluster, CTCPA.
- Collaboration with the offices at Rungis and Nancy
> INRAE Antony, AgroParisTech.