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Project title:

„ Pesticide Use-and-risk Reduction in European farming systems with Integrated Pest Management”


Acronym: PURE

Programme: 7th EU Framework Programme, KBBE-2010-4

Project period: 01.03.2011–28.02.2015

Contract number: 265865



  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France Leader of Consortium
  • Aarhus University (AU), Denmark
  • Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (KIS), Slovenia
  • Association de Coordination Technique Agricole (ACTA) Network for Innovative Research in Agriculture Rothamsted Research (RRES), France
  • Bayer Crop Science (BCS), Germany
  • BIOTOP, France
  • Burkard Manufacturing Co Ltd (Burkard), England
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) National Research Council, Italy
  • Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM), Italy
  • Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute (IPP), Poland
  • Instituto Valenciano de Investigacions Agrarias (IVIA), Valencia
  • In Vivo Agrosolutions, France
  • James Hutton Institute (JHI), Scotland
  • Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS), Spain
  • Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Germany
  • Natural Plant Protection (NPP), France
  • SEGES, Denmark
  • Soil Cares Research, The Netherland
  • Stichting DLO (DLO), The Netherland
  • University of Debrecen, Centre of Agricultiral Sciences (UDCAS), Hungary
  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Wageningen University (WU), The Netherland


Project Coordinator: Francoise Lescourret Ph.D. (INRA)

                                      e-mail: ; phone +33 (0) 1 30 81 5209

Project Coordinator from IPP NRI: Danuta Sosnowska, Prof.

                                      e-mail: ; phone + 48 61 864 9073


About: It is one of the largest EU-financed projects in the Seventh Framework Programme. The total investment amounts to over 12 million euros over four years. Besides other universities and institutes, the PURE consortium includes industrial and advisory organisations from 10 European countries. The research will focus on the key European farming systems: annual arable and vegetable crops, perennial fruit crops, grapevine and protected crops in greenhouses, in which reduction of pesticide use and better control of pests will have major effects at the European scale.

PURE is developing and integrating existing and new knowledge. Risks, costs and benefits of different methods are compared, converted into models, and possible new solutions in the form of management strategies, biological and mechanical control methods will be tested under field conditions. An eye will be kept on economic and cultural aspects. A unique aspect of the project is the collaboration and consultation with all stakeholders: farmers and growers, industry and other chain partners such as buyers and retail organisations. The results of PURE will contribute to the implementation of the national action plans that European countries have to draw up to meet the requirements of the EU Framework Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides.

Over four years, PURE is expected to generate acceptable and sustainable solutions for farmers and growers in controlling pests and diseases in cropping systems including wheat, maize, field and greenhouse vegetables, and fruit.


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Contact details

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

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


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