EU Fruit Network


The European Fruit Network (EUFRUIT) includes 12 countries focussed on 4 thematic areas of critical for the competiveness and innovation potential of the European Fruit sector: i) new cultivar development and evaluation; ii) minimise residues on fruit and the environment; iii) optimising storage and fruit quality; iv) sustainable production systems. EUFRUIT will coordinate and support innovation through developing a framework for relevant stakeholders and it will establish a systematic approach for knowledge gathering and dissemination. The systematic approach includes: i) scanning & synthesis via 4 expert groups who scan state-of-art knowledge, practises and technologies and synthesise the material to identify key areas of learning and best practise approaches at a European level. ii) showing & sharing will deliver outreach/dialogue at a national level through establishment of local ‘operational groups’. An online Knowledge Platform will hold all outreach material, outreach activities include; 100 industry publications, 90 technical bulletins, 25 flyers/newsletters, 60 seminars, 160 field based meetings, 25 conference plus 12 events aimed at the general public. iii) sustaining the network will occur through long-term integration of the assembled EUFRUIT network in future actions. The overall outcome of EUFRUIT will be establishment of a framework and a systematic approach that together builds a bridge across the ‘valley of death’. This bridge will secure a direct path for new knowledge in the future and reduce the likelihood of repetition of research at a national level. The European fruit sector will have ready access to up-to-date information to implement and value will be created both for the industry with respect to competitiveness, sustainability and efficiency and society through ensuring the security and safety of fruit; underpinning human health and wellbeing.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Luca Corelli Grappadelli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

Aarhus Universitet(Denmark)

Other Participants:
Eidgenoessisches Departement Fuer Wirtschaft, Bildung Und Forschung (Switzerland)
Elbe-Obst Erzeugerorganization R.V (Germany)
Universität Hohenheim (Germany)
Centro Di Sperimentazione Agraria E Forestale Laimburg (Italy)
SORTENERNEUERUNGSKONSORTIUM SUEDTIROL-Variety Innovation Consortium South Tyrol (Italy)
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Dlo Food And Biobased) (Netherlands)
Fruitconsult Bv (Netherlands)
Institut De Recerca I Technologia Agroalimentaries (Spain)
Proefcentrum Fruitteelt vzw (Belgium)
NEMZETI AGRARKUTATASI ES INNOVACIOSKOZPONT-National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre Fruitculture Research Institute (Hungary)
Universitatea de Stiinte Agronomice si Medicinã Veterinarã - Bucuresti - University of Agronomica (Romania)
East Malling Research (United Kingdom)
University of Greenwich (United Kingdom)
Ctifl Centre Technique Interprofessionnel Des Fruits Et Legumes (France)
Inra Cnrgv (France)
LIETUVOS AGRARINIU IR MISKU MOKSLUCENTRAS-Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (Lithuania)
Arefl - Assemblee De Regionseuropennes Fruitieres Legumieres Ed Horticoles (France)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Freshfel-European Fresh Produce Association Aisbl (Belgium)
Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen (Germany)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 1.734.237,50
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/03/2016
End Date: 28/02/2019

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 696337