Innovargalgue Objectve: to develop new fruit and vegetable crop protection products that offer an alternative to pesticides.

Backer : Laboratoires Goëmar SA (35)
Specialist in sustainable technology for use in agriculture

Partners : CERAFEL-CATE (29), CEAFL-ARELPAL (44)UMR PaVé : INRA-Agrocampus (49), UMR PME : INRA – Université – CNRS (21), IRMA (56), Vegenov-BBV (29).

Sector : Microbiology & food safety
Certification date : November 2007
Project length : 38 months
Budget : €2,077,329
Financial backers : Unique Interministerial Fund, Brittany and Pays de la Loire Regional Councils, Morbihan and Finistère General Councils, Saint-Malo Agglomération

Presentation :

The goal of this project was to develop alternatives to pesticides through non-toxic solutions using combinations of natural raw materials (from mineral and marine sources). These new products combine Natural Defence Stimulators (NDS) with fungicides, and have been researched for use with tomato, cucumber, and apple crops, as well as in vineyards.
Results & prospects :
The project led to progress in the development of non-toxic treatment of crops. The work carried out resulted in a better understanding of how NDS work, as well as how they interact with plants. One of the partners created a post on a temporary contract. Another job was created for the project that led to a permanent contract.

The results obtained revealed the need for further study to properly understand the phenomena in question, and motivated the project partners to continue their work as part of a new collaborative project. If the NDS performance is confirmed by this second project, then some of the products developed can begin the certification process. The fruit and vegetable sector will then boast new non-toxic plant-health solutions (a significant issue given the growing number of outlawed pesticides).