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Project title:

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


Acronym: CO-FREE

Programme: 7th EU Framework Programme, KBBE-2011-5

Project period: 01.01.2012–30.06.2016

Contract number: 289497



  • Julius Kühn-Institut Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen (Germany) Leader project
  • Agro-Levures et Dérivés SAS ALD, France
  • AkiNao SAS AKI, France
  • Benaki Phytopathological Institute BPI, Greece
  • Bio Fruit Advies BV BIFA, The Netherlands
  • Centro di Sperimentazione Agraria e Forestale Laimburg Azienda LAI, Italy
  • Ceradis BV CER, The Netherlands
  • E-Nema GmbH ENE, Germany
  • Fondazione Edmund Mach FEM, Italy
  • Forschungsinstitut für Biologischenlandbau Stiftung FiBL, Switzerland FytoFend SA FYTO, Belgium
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique INRA, France
  • Institute of Plant Protection National Research Institute, Poland
  • Institut Technique de l'Agriculture Biologique ITAB, France
  • Louis Bolk Instituut LBI, The Netherlands
  • Nor-Natur ApS NOR, Denmark
  • Osterreichische Agentur fur Gesundheit und Ernahrungssicherheit (GMBH – AGES)
  • Progressive Farming Trust Ltd T/A The Organic Research Centre ORC, United Kingdom
  • Seaweed Canarias SL SWC, Spain
  • Trifolio-M GmbH TRIF, Germany
  • Universität Kassel UniKassel, Germany
  • Wageningen Plant Research

Project Coordinator: Annegret Schmitt Ph.D. (Julius Kühn-Institut)

                                      e-mail:; phone +49 (0) 6151 407 241

Project Coordinator from IPPNRI: Jolanta Kowalska Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.

                                      e-mail:; phone + 48 61 864 90 77


About: The 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 providing alternative compounds, ‘smart’ application tools and integrating these tools into traditional and novel copper-free crop production systems. The copper-free production systems will be evaluated also with respect to agronomic, ecologic and economic performance. CO-FREE will develop strategies of breeding goals by development of crop ideotypes and evaluation of acceptance of novel disease-resistant cultivars by consumers and retailers.

The project beneficiaries are 21, from them 11 are Research and Development Units and 10 SME from the 10 European Union member countries namely France, Great Britain, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy,  Spain, Poland and one from Switzerland.  


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Poland, 60-318 POZNAŃ, ul. Władysława Węgorka 20

phone no: +48 61 864 9000, fax: +48 61 867 63 01


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