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Colmar Inra Research Centre

Updated on 04/30/2013
Published on 01/22/2013

A project to provide innovative solutions for a qualitative and more environmentally friendly viticulture

The project aims at creating new grapevine varieties and new methods of crop management that will require low pesticide inputs, to meet the challenge of the objective of the "Grenelle Environment Round Table" which is to reduce the use of pesticides by 50% before 2018.

The Inra Centre of Colmar is located at the Biopole Adrien Zeller that is made up of a dozen organizations on a single site. These include the University of Haute Alsace and institutes conducting basic research, R & D, transfer and development. The Biopôle is focused on two key themes: 'Vine & Wine' and 'Agro-environment'. Its mission is to be an essential partner for scientific innovation in agriculture and viticulture at the regional level and also in the transnational regions bordering the Rhine.

Inra researchers teach in various programs, such as the ‘Wine and trade’ Bachelor of sciences at the University of Haute Alsace and the Master of ‘Plant Science’ at the University of Strasbourg. They also train students from the academic world in plant sciences and from viticulture and wine production schools. Every year, several doctoral students from the graduate school ‘life sciences and health’ of the University of Strasbourg defend a PhD thesis.

The Centre's Scientific Council is composed of four Inra researchers, a member of The ‘Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace (CIVA) (the Alsace Wine Board), a member of the Institute of Plant Molecular Biology (IBMP) in Strasbourg as well as other members of the wine industry. With the President of the Centre, the Council aims at facilitating the scientific life of the Centre and coordinating research projects with all partners.