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Development of a new sustainable, long term solution, complying with IPM standards and the future EU Directive of sustainable use of pesticides, for the pear postharvest sector

Objective

Pears rank third among the most important tree fruits grown in the world and fourth among all fruits for which statistics are available. Pears are a highly perishable, seasonal product, they need to be picked up before maturation and should undergo through a postharvest treatment to be commercialised in optimal conditions along the year. During this process pear production can be significantly reduced due to decay, bacterial or fungi diseases. In developed countries, it is estimated that up to 25% of fruit production (516 Million tonnes in the case of pears) can be lost during the postharvest treatments. In order to fight this decay, postharvest sector has in the past counted with fitosanitary remedies like ethoxyquin and thiabendazole. However, public concerns about food safety, and conservation of the environment, have triggered a change in EU legislation leading to the proposal of a new Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides due to be implemented by 2014 (Directive 2009/128/EC). Thus, the pear postharvest sector is in urgent need of new sustainable and natural antioxidants, bactericides and fungicides as many of the most popular chemical treatments are about to be banned. RE-PEAR is anIntegrated Pest Management approach aiming to provide new, chemicals free, solutions for pear conservation by 1) developing and redaction of standardised Postharvest Management and Control Practices Guidelines unifying criteria to avoid possible unevenness within EU domestic market 2) by producing a natural compound formula to act as an edible, degradable coating with natural antioxidant/ preservative and antibiotic properties in direct contact with pears and 3) by designing a novel industrial filter with optimised performance able to minimise the presence of fungi spores and bacteria within the pear pallets

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

ASOCIACION PARA LA PROMOCION DE LA PERA DE RINCON DE SOTO
Address
Avenida Principe Felipe 7 Bajo
26550 Rincon De Soto
Spain
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 234 884
Administrative Contact
Sixto Cabezón (Mr.)

Participants (8)

Federacao Nacional dos Apicultores de Portugal
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 244 488
Address
Av. Do Colégio Militar, Lote 1786
1549-012 LISBOA Lisboa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
João Diogo Guanilho De Freitas (Mr.)
FRUITVEGETABLES EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 251 678
Address
Rue De La Loi 38
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Alba Ridao-Bouloumié (Mrs.)
SOTO DEL EBRO SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 82 589
Address
Calle Antonio Machado 3 2 Izq
26559 Aldeanueva De Ebro La Rioja
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luis Julián Olloqui (Mr.)
XEDA INTERNATIONAL SA
France
EU contribution
€ 332 553
Address
Zone Artisanale De La Crau 2 Rte N 7
13670 Saint Andiol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Marcone (Mr.)
HS LUFTFILTERBAU GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 308 558
Address
Bunsenstrasse 31
24145 Kiel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Malte Shuldt (Mr.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 8 100
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Cristina Gonzalez (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
EU contribution
€ 7 811
Address
Tal Oroqq
2080 Msida
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mark Debono (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 13 338
Address
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jesús Campos (Mr.)