Our Network

This project aim to reach the maximum number of interested people. The communication project strategy is based in collaboration not only with the project´s partners we are going to count with the “Key multipliers”. In the BIOFRUITNET project they are defined as relevant organisations/associations (public or private) for the organic fruit sector in Europe that can support the communication and dissemination of the project through their conections/networks. For example, they can pass the Biofruitnet materials to its members, support in social media, spread the word about Biofruitnet events between its members, share content… etc. They are a key element of the communication strategy

1.    VSUO

Type of network :  public

Number of members:  596

Website or address:     http://www.vsuo.cz/en/

 Fruit crop/s:   apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot

Level of the network :   international level, national level, regional level

Network management:    advisors, researchers, breeders

Network members :   farmers, advisors, researchers, marketing organisations, certifiers, breeders

Activities :

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • science a research
  • breeding of new fruit cultivars
  •  genebank of fruit cultivars
  •  fruit growing technology        

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • genebank of fruit cultivars     

Specialised subgroups:

  1. genetics and breeding
  2. genebanks
  3. plant protection
  4. technologies

2.     BIOCONT LABORATORY

Type of network:   private

Number of members:  16

Website or address:   www.biocont-profi.cz

 Fruit crop/s:     apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot

Level of the network:      international level, national level, regional level

Network management:   advisors, researchers

Network members:    advisors, researchers

Activities:

  •   exchange of information, dissemination of information
  •   elaboration of improved strategies
  •   e-advisory
  •   decision support systems       

Information dealt with:

  •    orchard management
  •    plant health care
  •    soil management and fertilisation     

Specialised subgroups:

1. plant protection

2. decision support systems

3. BIOSAD

Type of network:    public

Number of members:  42

Website or address:     www.biosad.cz

 Fruit crop/s:    apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot

Level of the network:    international level, national level, regional level

Network management:    farmers, advisors, researchers, agriculture university

Network members:   farmers, advisors, researchers

Activities:

  •    exchange of information, dissemination of information
  •    elaboration of improved strategies
  •    advisory service
  •    decision support systems       

Information dealt with:

  •  orchard management
  •  plant health care
  •  soil management and fertilisation     

Specialised subgroups:

1. plant protection

2. decision support systems

1.   Scientists and advisors

Type of network:    private

Number of members:  10

Website or address:     Hortiadvice, hvidkærvej 29, 5250 Odense SV, Denmark.

Fruit crop/s:  apple, pear, plum, cherry

Level of the network:    national level

Network management:     advisors

Network members:    advisors, researchers

Activities:     exchange of information, dissemination of information

Information dealt with:

  •   orchard management
  •   varieties and breeding
  •   soil management and fertilisation
  •   certification, rules and interpretation

 2. GASA NORD GRØNT’S ØKOGRUPPE

Type of network:   private

Number of members:  7

Website or address:     Elvej 15, DK 4990 Sakskøbing

 Fruit crop/s:   apple, pear

Level of the network:    national level

Network management:    marketing organisations

Network members:    farmers

Activities:   exchange of information, dissemination of information

Information dealt with:

  •     varieties and breeding
  •     certification, rules and interpretation

3. Organic Denmark (Oekologisk Landsforening)

Type of network:   NGO, advisors

Number of members:  10 intensive growers and 100 extensive growers

Website or address:   www.okologi.dk

Fruit crop/s:    apple, pear, plum, cherry

Level of the network:   national level

Network management:   farmers, marketing organisations, organic customers

Network members:    farmers, marketing organisations, organic customers

Activities:

  •  exchange of information, dissemination of information
  •  elaboration of improved strategies
  •  project developing withing organic farmer and marketing

Information dealt with:

  •    soil management and fertilisation
  •    certification, rules and interpretation for fruitgrowing Organic Denmark collaborates with HortiAdvice around advice for professional growing

4. Organic fruit growers

Type of network:   private

Number of members:  10

Website or address:     Skovbyvej 64, 7080 Børkop, Denmark

Fruit crop/s:   apple, pear

Level of the network:  national level

Network management:  farmers

Network members:  farmers

Activities:  political aspects concerning use and permission of use of organic plant protection products         

Information dealt with:  political aspects concerning use and permission of use of organic plant protection products

1. Estonian Organic Farming Platform

Type of network:  NGO

Number of members:  this is an umbrella organisation uniting 15 organic farming organisations in Estonia

Website or address:   www.maheklubi.ee

 Fruit crop/s:   apple, pear, plum, cherry

Level of the network:   national level

Network management:   farmers, development organisations

Network members:   farmers, advisors, researchers, marketing organisations, development organisations

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies    

Information dealt with:

  •  orchard management
  •  varieties and breeding
  •  plant health care
  •  soil management and fertilisation
  •  certification, rules and interpretation
  •  support schemes

1. BIOFRUITS SUD

 Type of network:  NGO

Number of members:  7

Fruit crop/s:  apple, peach and nectarine, plum

Level of the network: regional level

Network management:  farmers, advisors

Network members:  farmers, advisors, researchers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:  varieties and breeding

2. Novafruits

 Type of network:   NGO

Number of members:  35

 Fruit crop/s: apple, pear

Level of the network:  regional level

Network management:  farmers, breeders

Network members:  farmers, researchers, breeders

Activities:   elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:   varieties and breeding

2. DEPHY FERME Fruits à pépins bio”

 Type of network:           public

Number of members:  12

Website or address:     https://forum.adabio.com/

Fruit crop/s:  apple, pear

Level of the network:  regional level

Network management           advisors

Network members:   farmers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  •  elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:

  •  orchard management
  •  plant health care
  •  soil management and fertilisation
  •  biodiversity

Specialised subgroups :

1. functional biodiversity : set-up of bird and bat nests, flower strips to favour pollination, introduction of animal in the orchard (e.g. hen).

2. orchard management : Thinning strategies, Water supplies

3. soil management and fertilisation : green manure, low-tillage, cover (clover, grass etc), biodynamy

4. plant health care : knowledge about specific pests (biology, management   strategie eg : Contarinia pyrivora, Hoplocampa sp.)

3. GIS FRUITS

Type of network:    public

Number of members:  22

Website or address:    https://www.gis-fruits.org

Fruit crop/s:  apple, pear, peach and nectarine, plum, cherry, apricot, almond, orange, lemon, others

Level of the network:  national level

Network management:   researchers

Network members:    advisors, researchers, marketing organisations, breeders. The objective is to make a wide variety of partners collaborate within this GIS: research and higher education organizations, technical institutes and chambers of agriculture, institutional partners (ministry in charge  of agriculture, FranceAgriMer, poles of competitiveness), professional partners from upstream to downstream of the sector.

Activities:

  •  exchange of information, dissemination of information
  •  elaboration of improved strategies
  •  the objective of GIS Fruits is to coordinate and orient a multidisciplinary national research, research and development and training program serving the Fruit sector, based on broad consultation between various stakeholders.

Information dealt with:

  •   orchard management
  •   varieties and breeding
  •   plant health care
  •    oil management and fertilisation

Specialised subgroups:

  1.  organization of actors and competitiveness of the sector
  2.  societal expectations
  3. biology and control of pests and diseases
  4. adaptation and anticipation of climate change
  5. system approach at 3 scales: plot, farm and territory
  6. development and maintenance of the quality of fresh and processed fruits

4. GRAB arboriculture

 Type of network:  producer association

Number of members:  45

Website or address:    www.grab.fr

Fruit crop/s:  apple, pear, peach and nectarine, plum, cherry, apricot, almond

Level of the network:   national level, regional level

Network management:  farmers, researchers

Network members:  farmers, researchers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification, rules and interpretation (country specific)

5. Groupe Technique Bio de La Moriniière

 Type of network:  private

Number of members:  50

Website or address:    www.la-morniere.fr

Fruit crop/s:  apple, pear

Level of the network:  regional level

Network management:  researchers

Network members:   farmers, advisors, researchers

Activities:  exchange of information, dissemination of information

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation

6. UMT SI Bio, “Horticulture innovative systems”

Type of network:   public

Number of members:  30

Website or address:    http://www.itab.asso.fr/programmes/umtsibio.php

Fruit crop/s:   pomefruits, stonefruits, citrus

Level of the network:   regional level

Network management:  researchers

Network members:    farmers, advisors, researchers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • co-conception and assessment

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation

Specialised subgroups:

  1.  co-conception and assessment of innovative orchards’ systems
  2. ecological levers
  3. transition to organic and knowledges

7. DEPHY Ferme

Type of network:   public

Number of members:  11

Website or address:    none

Fruit crop/s:    apple, plum, grapes

Level of the network:  regional level

Network management:   advisors

Network members:  farmers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation

Specialised subgroups :

  1. cover crops to combat erosion and enhance biodiversity
  2. soil management: acquire soil knowledge to gain autonomy on how to best understand issues and how to treat them
  3. grazing in orchards

8. Fédération nationale d’agriculture biologique (National Federation of Organic agriculture) FNAB 

Type of network: professional body with a union perspective, non-profit organisation

Number of members:  direct members are regional groupings of organic producers (14), which in turn brings together local groupings of organic producers. As a whole, the network counts more than 10 000 producers and around 350 staff members.

Website or address:    www.fnab.org,  https://www.produire-bio.fr

 Fruit crop/s:   apple, pear, peach and nectarine, plum, cherry, apricot, almond, citrus

Level of the network:   national level

Network management:  farmers, advisors

Network members:   farmers, advisors

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • interactions with institutions to promote better organic practices and defend organic producers

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification, rules and interpretation (country specific)

Specialised subgroups:

  1. group on Apple and Pear: follow up of production and prices, good practices
  2. project on cover crops in orchards and vineyards
  3. group to test new varieties for apple, peach, plum (BioFruits Sud, described in another questionnaire).

1. Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau e.V. – FÖKO

 Type of network: NGO

Number of members:  200

Website or address:    www.foeko.de

Fruit crop/s:  apple, pear, plum, cherry

Level of the network:  national level

Network management:   farmers

Network members:   farmers, advisors, researchers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • initiate project to improve strategies
  • supply informations on organic current practice in plant health care
  • coordinate activities for registration of products needed by farmers

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • biodiversity management

Specialised subgroups:

  1. working group apple breeding and varieties
  2. working group apple disease control
  3. working group apple insect control and enhancement of biodiversity
  4. working group organic quality
  5. working group sustainable development of the whole production chain
  6. working group pear
  7. working group stone fruit
  8. working group small fruit

2. Der Beratungsdienst Ökologischer Obstbau e.V. – BÖO

Type of network:  private

Number of members:  200 full members, 300 sustaining members

Website or address:    www.oekoobstbau.de

Fruit crop/s:   apple, pear, peach and nectarine, plum, cherry, apricot

Level of the network:  regional level

Network management:  farmers, advisors

Network management: farmers, advisors, researchers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • integration of newly organic farmers into existing networks
  • platform for social networking among organic fruitgrowers

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification, rules and interpretation
  • biodiversity management

3. Öko-Obstbau Norddeutschland e.V. – ÖON

 Type of network:  NGO

Number of members:  90

Website or address:    www.oeon.de

Fruit crop/s:  apple, pear, plum, cherry

Level of the network:   regional level

Network management :  farfmers, advisors, researchers

Network members:  farmers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification, rules and interpretation
  • biodiversity management

1. APOFRUIT

Type of network:    private

Number of members:  more than 4000

Website or address:    www.apofruit.it

Fruit crop/s:  pomefruits, stonefruits, citrus

Level of the network:   national level

Network management:  farmers, marketing organisations

Network members:  farmers, advisors, marketing organisations, breeders

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • internal funds coming from the operative plans      

Information dealt with:

  • orchards management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification, rules and interpretation
  • ICT technologies       

Specialised subgroups:  in APOFRUIT there are several operative groups all organised in terms of specific topics

2. Jonicabio

Type of network         private

Number of members  30

Website or address    http://www.opjonica.it/

Fruit crop/s                             peach and nectarine, plum, cherry, apricot, almond, orange,                                                            lemon, others

Level of the network              national level

Network management           farmers, advisors, marketing organisations

Network members                 farmers, marketing organisations

Activities                              exchange of information, dissemination of information         

                                        elaboration of improved strategies

ICT technologies

Information dealt with           orchard management

varieties and breeding

plant health care

soil management and fertilisation

certification, rules and interpretation

Specialised subgroups            1. farmers and advisors

  1. warehouse
  2. training section
  3. administrative group

3. O.P. AGRINOVA BIO 2000

Type of network:  private

Number of members:  55

Website or address:    http://www.agrinovabio2000.it/

Fruit crop/s:   orange, lemon, others

Level of the network:   regional level (Sicily)

Network management:   farmers, advisors, breeders, marketing organisations

Network members:   farmers, advisors, marketing organisations

Activities:  exchange of information, dissemination of information         

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification, rules and interpretation

4.  LAIMBURG

Type of network:  public

Number of members:  10-15

Website or address:    www.laimburg.it

Fruit crop/s:   apple, cherry, apricot

Level of the network:   regional level

Network management:  researchers

Network members:  farmers, advisors, marketing organisations, public offices

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • research projects      

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • post-harvest  

Specialised subgroups: specialised working group not in network but at the Laimburg Research Centre

5.  FEDERBIO

Type of network:   private

Number of members:  29

Website or address:    https://feder.bio/

Fruit crop/s:  apple

Level of the network:   international level (IFOAM, TP Organics), national level

Network management:   farmers, advisors, researchers, breeders, marketing organisations, certifiers

Network members:    farmers, advisors, researchers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation

6.  BIOLAND SOUTH TYROL

Type of network:   private

Website or address:    https://www.bioland.de/ueber-uns/landesverbaende/suedtirol-it.html

Fruit crop/s:   apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot

Level of the network:  regional level

Network management:    farmers, advisors, breeders, marketing organisations

Network members:  farmers, advisors, researchers, marketing organisations

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies   

Information dealt with: varieties and breeding

1. Institute of Horticulture

Type of network:         public

Website or address:    https://www.darzkopibasinstituts.lv/en

Fruit crop/s:   apple, pear, plum, cherry

Level of the network:    national level

Network management:   researchers, breeders

Network members:  researchers, breeders

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies   

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation

Specialised subgroups:

  1. unit of agronomic research and variety testing
  2. unit of genetic and breeding
  3. unit of plant pathology and entomology;
  4. unit of processing and biochemestry

1. Association of Polish organic farmers “POLSKI EKOOWOC”

Type of network:    private

Number of members:  18

Website or address:    www.ekoowoc.pl

Fruit crop/s:      apple, pear

Level of the network:  national level

Network management:    farmers

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • exchange of information on distribution and sales

1. AGRIECOL

Type of network:   public

Number of members:  all researchers, more than 50 entities, 22 research groups belonging to research Institutes and 28 belonging to universities. Between them, there are  more than 250 researchers and various organizations in the sector

Website or address:    http://www.agriecol.org/ 

Fruit crop/s:          

  • apple, pear, peach and nectarine, plum, cherry,
  • apricot, almond
  • orange, lemon, others

Level of the network:    network at national level

Network management:   researchers

Network Members:  researchers and NGO´s (http://www.agriecol.org/asociaciones-y-empresas/)

Activities:   exchange of information, dissemination of information

Information dealt with:

  •  orchard management
  •  varieties and breeding
  •  plant health care
  •  soil management and fertilisation

Specialised subgroups:

  1. organic food
  2. organic crop production systems
  3. organic livestock production systems
  4. sustainability of organic systems

2. Valencia de cubiertas vegetales

Type of network:    public and private

Number of members:  35

Website or address    http://www.cooperativesagroalimentariescv.com/ (not specific web).

Fruit crop/s:  orange, lemon, others

level of the network:   at regional level

Network management:  farmers, advisor, researchers

Network Members:   farmers, advisors, researchers, regional government (GV)

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies

Information dealt with:   introducing cover crops in Valencian citriculture to avoid herbicides use and to improve pest control

 Specialised subgroups:

  1.  machinery and management of cover crops
  2. cover crops and plant health
  3. soil fertility and cover crops

3. SEAE (SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA DE AGRICULTURA ECOLÓGICA)

 Type of network:    NGO

Website or address:    https://www.agroecologia.net/

Fruit crop/s:   pomefruits, stonefruits, orange, lemon, others

level of the network:   at national level

Network management:  others: NOG staff

Network Members:  farmers, advisors, researchers, breeders, certifiers

Activities :

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • organizing workshops and congress
  • organizing on-line and presential courses

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  •  varieties and breeding
  •  plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification rules and interpretation (country specific)
  • agroecology

4. Fruit.Net

 Type of network:   public, private

Number of members:  >50 in the whole network  (10 in citrus)

Website or address:    https://ruralcat.gencat.cat/fruitnet

Fruit crop/s:    pomefruits, peach and nectarine, orange, others

level of the network:  at regional level

Network management:   researchers, government staff

Network Members:   farmers, advisors, researchers, governmental staff

Activities:

  •  exchange of information, dissemination of information
  •  elaboration of improved strategies
  •  research plan
  •  demonstratives farms

Information dealt with:   plant health care, strategies to minimize pesticide use

Specialised subgroups:

  • researchers, experimental farms to apply the new strategies,
  • technology transfer

5.  APAEMA

 Type of network:  NGO

Number of members:  >400

Website or address:    https://apaema.net/identitat/

Fruit crop/s: peach and nectarine, apricot, almond, orange, lemon, others

level of the network:  at regional level

Network management:  farmers

Network Members:   famers, advisors

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • training

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification, rules and interpretation (country specific)

Specialised subgroups:   training, Advisors, commercialization

6. Several Informal farmers groups

Type of network:    farmers

Number of members:  20-50

Website or address:    None

Fruit crop/s:    orange, lemon, others

level of the network:   at regional level

Network management:   farmers

Network Members:    farmers

Activities:   exchange of information, dissemination of information

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • certification, rules and interpretation (country specific)

7. Asociación Valor Ecológico, ECOVALIA

Type of network:         NGO

Number of members:  15.000

Website or address:   www.ecovalia.org

Fruit crop/s:  almond, citrus

level of the network:   at national level, at regional level

Network management:   non-profit organisation

Network Members:  farmers, advisors, retailers

Activities:  exchange of information, dissemination of information

Information dealt with:

  •  orchard management
  •  plant health care
  •  soil management and  fertilisation
  •  certification, rules and interpretation (country specific)
  •  policies
  •  market information
  •  general information about organic farming

1. App group fruit growers

Type of network:   app group

Number of members: around 10, with more and less active participants. This includes some conventional growers.

Fruit crop/s:   mainly apple

Level of the network:    national level

Network management:    farmers

Network members:  farmers

Activities:  exchange of information, dissemination of information

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • mechanisation
  • markets

1. Prisma

Type of network:   private

Number of members:  49 and 5 advising members

Website or address:    https://prismafruit.nl/

Fruit crop/s:    apple, pear, plum, cherry

Level of the network:   national

Network management :  farmers

Network members:   farmers, advisors

Activities:

  • exchange of information, dissemination of information
  • elaboration of improved strategies
  • availability of organic plant protection products in the Netherlands

Information dealt with:

  • orchard management
  • varieties and breeding
  • plant health care
  • soil management and fertilisation
  • availability of organic plant protection products in the Netherlands

Specialised subgroups:

  1. working group pear
  2. working group on availability of organic plant protection products in organic fruit growing

1. Bioaustria

Type of network:    private

Number of members:  200 fruitgrowers, more other farming groups

Website or address:    https://www.bio-austria.at/

Fruit crop/s:     apple, pear, peach, nectarine, plum, cherry, apricot

Level of the network:   national level

Network management :   advisors

Network members:  farmers, advisors, researchers, certifiers

Activities :

  •  exchange of information, dissemination of information
  •  elaboration of improved strategies   

Information dealt with:

  •  orchard management
  •  varieties and breeding
  •  plant health care
  •  soil management and fertilisation
  •  certification, rules and interpretation

Specialised subgroups:

  1.  subgroup soil management
  2. subgroup plant health care
  3. subgroup guidelines for organic fruit growing (active currently especially for demeter association)
  4. subgroup new technics of pruning and tree education

2.  Von Herzen Biobauern

Type of network:   private

Number of members:  120

Website or address:    http://www.vonherzenbio.at/index.php?seitenId=11

Fruit crop/s:     apple, pear, peach and nectarine, plum, cherry, apricot

Level of the network:    national level

Network management:    farmers, the farmers employ a person for management

Network members:   farmers

Activities:   marketing      

Information dealt with:

  •  which products are required from the market
  •  strategic development of the organic market and the supply with organic fruit             
  •  quality management

Distribution of networks performing knowledge transfer in organic fruit production within selected countries in Europe

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