Academia

Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG)

The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is an independent research institution, devoted to leading-edge research in plant and farm animal biology, genetics and genomics. Research at CRAG spans from basic science to applied studies in close collaboration with industry. CRAG currently hosts more than 200 researchers coming for more than 30 different countries. It is located on the outskirts of the city of Barcelona (Spain), in an area shared with renowned facilities and research institutions. CRAG is recognised with the “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” award by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and with the “Human Resources Excellence in Research” award from the European Commission.

Representative:

Jose Luis Riechmann

José Luis Riechmann
ICREA Research Professor

Plant ETP offers to us the possibility of interacting closely with representatives of sectors that are critical for the scientific mission of CRAG (industry, breeders, farmers) and to expand on our shared interests, as well as to engage in very enlightening discussions about the future of agriculture and plant research in the short, medium, and long term. Plant ETP also provides an ideal forum for discussion on European interests, challenges, and policies in these areas.


European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO)

EPSO, the European Plant Science Organisation, is an independent academic organisation that represents more than 200 research institutes, departments and universities from 32 countries, mainly from Europe, and 2.600 individuals Personal Members, representing over 23 000 people working in plant science. EPSO’s mission is to improve the impact and visibility of plant science in Europe, to provide authoritative source of independent information on plant science including science advice to policy, and to promote training of plant scientists to meet the 21st century challenges in breeding, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, plant ecology and sectors related to plant science.

Representatives:

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Karin Metzlaff
Executive Director, European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO)

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Ernst van den Ende
Managing Director Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University Research

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Ulrich Schurr
Direktor of IBG-2: Plant Sciences at Forschungszentrum Jülich (DE) and Vice-President of EPSO

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Robert Hall 
Deputy Business Unit Manager Bioscience, Wageningen Plant Research and Professor of Plant Metabolomics, Wageningen University

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre (JIC) is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology, based in Norwich, UK. JIC fosters a creative, curiosity-driven approach to fundamental questions in bio-science, with a view to translating that into societal benefits. Over the last 110 years, JIC has achieved a range of fundamental breakthroughs, resulting in major societal impacts. JIC’s mission is to: (i) generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research; (ii) apply our knowledge of nature’s diversity to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being; (iii) train scientists for the future; and (iv) engage with policy makers and the public.

Representatives:

Cathie Martin

Cathie Martin
Professor and Group Leader

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Christopher Darby
Head of International Strategy and Partnerships

Oxford Martin School – Oxford University

The Oxford Martin School was founded in 2005. It was made possible through the vision and generosity of Dr James Martin (1933-2013), who established the school with the largest benefaction made to Oxford in its history. Its academics work across more than 30 solutions-focused, pioneering research programmes that cut across disciplines to find solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges. From renewable energy to ocean sustainability, and from the future of work to tackling inequality, they foster ground-breaking collaborations between researchers working at the frontiers of knowledge. The unifying theme is that the research must be of the highest academic calibre, tackle issues of global significance, and could not have been undertaken without our support. Underpinning all its research is the need to translate academic excellence into real-world impact, from innovations in science, medicine and technology, through to expert advice and policy recommendations.

Representative:

Richard Grenyer

Richard Grenyer
Associate Professor in Biodiversity and Biogeography

Sabanci University

Sabancı University (SU) was established by the Sabancı Group under Sabancı Foundation in 1999. It has been ranked among top 600 universities in the world, and 1st in Turkey according to THE World University Rankings. The current number of faculty members is 368, and the number of students per full time faculty member is 14. Approximately 90% of faculty members obtained their PHD’s abroad. Currently, SU has 16 EC FP6 projects (Total Budget: €3.5M); 47 EC FP7 projects; 31 Marie Curie Grants (17 IRG, 9 CIG, 3 ITN, 1 IOF, 1 IRSES), 10 Cooperation Projects, 3 Capacities Projects, 3 FET Flagship Projects (Total Budget: € 6.4M).
Under the Horizon 2020 innovation and research framework program, a total of 37 projects have been funded in the following pillars:

  • Industrial Leadership: 6 CSA 1 ECSEL RIA, 2 EuroHPC RIA and 1 Innovation Action
  • Excellent Science: 8 MSCA, 2 ERC and 3 RIA.
  • Science with and for Society: 1 CSA
  • Societal Challenges: 12 RIA
  • Spreading Excellence and widening participation: 1 MSCA

Besides the Framework Program, SU also has 25 other EU funded projects: 12 Jean Monnet Projects, 2 ERASMUS+, 9 EEN (COSME), 1 IPA and 1 EIT Urban Mobility. Since 2000, SU faculty and researchers have made more than 5.800 scientific and technical publications.

Representatives:

Levent Ozturk

Prof. Dr. Levent Öztürk
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Pınar Mutlu Bedel

Ms. Pınar Mutlu Bedel
Research, Development and Technology

Being a members of Plant ETP allows us to: Enhance our research and education programs; Improve networking within the sector; Exchange ideas and increase awareness for upcoming project calls; Apply to potential project calls in collaboration with Plant ETP Partners; and Take part in potential project consortia with Plant ETP Partners.


University of Padua

The University of Padua (est. 1222) is one of the oldest and most prestigious seats of learning in Europe and has a long tradition and consolidated reputation for scientific excellence. Three departments are participating in Plant ETP activities, the Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE), the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF), and the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII). These departments feature a highly interdisciplinary research environment devoted to promoting quality of life, the innovation and competitiveness of the agri-food sector, and the sustainable use of natural resources. The University of Padua is a leading Italian University in Agricultural science for the quality of its research outputs, according to the report issued by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

Representative:

Alberto Pozzebon

Prof. Alberto Pozzebon
Associate Professor of General and Applied Entomology

The University of Padua is part of Plant ETP because it is a technology platform that advocates innovation, technology transfer and excellent education in plant science and agriculture sectors for sustainable development.

Industry

BASF

BASF SE is a German multinational chemical company  with subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries. It operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. BASF has customers in over 190 countries and supplies products to a wide variety of industries. In the “Agricultural Solutions” segment, BASF is an integrated provider of crop protection products, seeds and digital solutions. The portfolio comprises fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and biological crop protection products, as well as seeds and seed treatment products.

Representative:

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Marc Cornelissen
Sustainability Lead for Seeds and Traits

Karel Van De Velde

Karel Van De Velde
Senior sustainability manager EMEA

Bayer CropScience S.A.

At Bayer, we work to shape agriculture through breakthrough innovation for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet. We combine modern science with farmers’ ingenuity to help nourish our growing world with reliable, sustainable harvests using less land, water and energy. We’re committed to delivering better solutions for all farmers while enabling more choice for consumers to help them and our planet thrive. And, while we don’t have all the answers, our passion for discovery, collaboration and curiosity means we will never stop striving to find them.

Representative:

Teresa Babuscio

Teresa Babuscio
Lead Public Affairs Crop Protection and Trade – EMEA

Eurofins Agroscience Services

With over 30 years of experience in Crop Protection, Eurofins Agroscience Services has developed into a global enabler in the area of research, development and regulatory services for the Agrochemical, Biorational, Fertiliser and Breeding industries. Offering exceptional technical knowledge, a global network of state-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouses and field stations as well as full regulatory support, Eurofins Agroscience Services is a leader in its sphere.
In a dynamic and complex regulatory environment, supporting clients through every stage of the registration process is a top priority. Conducting field and laboratory studies to determine the safety and efficacy of new bio-rational and chemical plant protection products is core to Eurofins Agroscience Services technical activity, with registration services provided by an in-house team of regulatory experts.
In addition, Eurofins Agroscience Services is committed to enabling innovation alongside SME’s in the area of crop protection solutions by applying technical capabilities through a unique platform approach.

Representative:

Christoph Grondal

Dr Christoph Grondal
Head of Business Development & Strategy

The Plant ETP addresses agricultural topics at the forefront of societal, sustainable and innovation-driven debates including stakeholders from the entire value chain.
As a global enabler for Research, Development and Registration for innovative and sustainable crop protection solutions we are delighted to be part of this “Think Tank” and can contribute to the most relevant topics in agriculture today, also learning how we as an organisation need to prepare in order to meet the future trends in agriculture.


Euroseeds

Euroseeds is the voice of the European seed sector. We therefore represent the interests of those active in research, breeding, production and marketing of seeds of agricultural, horticultural and ornamental plant species.
Today, Euroseeds, with more than 36 national member associations from EU Members States and beyond, represents several thousand seed businesses, as well 67 direct company members, including from seed-related industries.

Representative:

Cesar Gonzalez

César González
Manager Public Affairs

Companies active in the plant breeding and seed production sector are amongst the most innovative in Europe, as these companies need to ensure they are able to meet the challenging and ever-evolving needs of farmers and the rest of the agri-food chain, including consumer preferences and policy objectives. It can take up to 15 years to develop a new variety, which means that breeders have to anticipate future food demands and challenges, and predict which products will be required in the next decade and beyond. Therefore, the European Technology Platform “Plants for the Future” is a key priority for Euroseeds in order to find solutions that deliver in terms of sustainability and competitiveness for the entire agri-food chain.


Keygene N.V. – technology innovation for crop improvement

KeyGene is the go-to research company for technology innovation that boosts crop improvement. With our intellectual capital, solution driven approach and collaborative spirit, we passionately work for the future of global agriculture with partners in breeding of vegetables and other crops, and other organizations in the AgriFood sector. Our drive is to support our partners in their toughest R&D challenges with powerful research project teams, combining our cutting edge expertise in fields like DNA, RNA, proteins, metabolites, cells & tissues, plant traits, gene editing & mutation breeding and data science. We operate in an international environment, which is reflected in our team, with more than 140 professionals from all over the world. Our company is based in Wageningen, the Netherlands; Rockville, MD, USA and Hyderabad, India.

Representatives:

Nathalie Van Orsouw

Nathalie van Orsouw-Dollé, PhD
Vice President Technology Development

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Arjen van Tunen, PhD
CEO KeyGene N.V.

The Plant ETP defines trends and is an important link to EU policy. It has a central role in translating the green deal into practice, thereby defining research and innovation opportunities that inspire KeyGene to, together with its partners, develop and apply innovative technologies for crop improvement in fields such as DNA, RNA, proteins, metabolites, cells & tissues, plant traits, gene editing & mutation breeding and data science.


KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA

KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Around 6,000 employees in 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.3 billion in fiscal 2020/2021. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, rapeseed and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €250 million last fiscal year in research and development.

Representative:

Viktor Korzun

Dr. Viktor Korzun
Global Lead Scientific Affairs

Public-private partnership is firmly anchored in KWS research for mutual benefit.


Nestlé

Representative:

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Fabrizio Arigoni
Head of Plant Science R&D

SESVanderHave

SESVanderHave, an international market player in the production of sugar beet seed, is specialized in every aspect of the research, breeding, biotechnology, production, processing and marketing of sugar beet seed. Worldwide, SESVanderHave sells sugar beet varieties resulting from its research and breeding programs with its proprietary germplasm. Each variety represents a customized solution to the needs of a specific sugar beet market. SESVanderHave pursues a proactive policy of investments in biotechnology, modern breeding technologies and improved seed technologies to improve the performance of the sugar beet crop. Wherever sugar beets are grown, SESVanderHave is present.

Representatives:

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Hendrik Tschoep
R&D Director

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Ingrid Van Aarle
Regulatory Manager

Syngenta

Syngenta is a leading developer and producer of seeds and crop protection products worldwide. Our seeds innovations contribute to the sustainability of our planet by providing solutions to farmers to adapt to extreme conditions caused by climate change, mitigate carbon emissions from agriculture, and help farmers counteract soil erosion and biodiversity loss. We bring farmers more vigorous, stronger, resistant plants, including innovative hybrid varieties and crops that can thrive even in challenging growing conditions. Our research is designed to improve the way crops are grown and protected so that everyone, from consumers, to farmers, to the environment, benefits.

Representatives:

Alain Dominique Quintart

Alain-Dominique Quintart
Head of Government and Public Affairs EAME

Esteban Alcalde

Dr. Esteban Alcalde
Head of Seeds Regulatory Affairs EAME

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Éda G. Pogány
Seeds Sustainability & Communications Lead EAME

At Syngenta we are committed to engaging in inclusive, strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainability, with farmers, the food value chain, agricultural businesses, and academic institutions to increase the impact we can make together. Plant ETP is an excellent forum for discussions with key stakeholder groups about sustainable agriculture and the future and competitiveness of the plant sector in Europe and worldwide.

 

Farming community

COPA-COGECA

Copa and Cogeca are the united voice of farmers and agri-cooperatives in the European Union. Together, we ensure that EU agriculture is sustainable, innovative and competitive, while guaranteeing food security for 500 million people throughout Europe. Copa represents over 22 million farmers and their family members whilst Cogeca represents the interests of 22,000 agri-cooperatives. We, the European farmers and agri-cooperatives, strive to deliver the type of agricultural products that our citizens expect and demand, with a market-oriented agriculture that provides the highest level of food safety, sustainability, plant and animal health and welfare standards.
European agriculture and forestry are incredibly diverse. This diversity is our pride and our strength, and we must do everything in our collective power to protect it! This is why all models of agriculture, all types of production and all sizes of farms and cooperatives are represented within Copa and Cogeca.

Representatives:

Pekka

Pekka Pesonen
Secretary General

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Daniel Azevedo
Director Commodities, Trade and Technology

Copa-Cogeca is one of the founding members of Plants for the Future ETP. Our goal is to ensure that all farmers and agri-cooperatives have access to a wide range of safe technologies that will enable EU agriculture to improve on sustainability whilst remaining competitive. We/Copa-Cogeca are committed to the EU model of production whereby all sectors are able to contribute to sustainability. For us, Plants for the Future ETP must be the driver of the research and innovation agenda for plants.


Vilmorin & Cie – Limagrain

Limagrain is an agricultural cooperative and international seed group, owned by French farmers. Limagrain has its roots in three core values: progress, perseverance and cooperation. Focused on the genetic progress of plants, Limagrain breeds, produces, and distributes field seeds and vegetable seeds. Beginning from the region of its parent company in France, Limagrain has built unique agri-food chains and deployed its activities in 57 countries. As the 4th largest seed company worldwide, Limagrain is guided by a single purpose: cooperating for the progress of agriculture everywhere, for everyone.

Representative:

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Valerie Mazza
Head of Scientific Scientific Affairs, Innovation and CSRLimagrain

Multi-stakeholders

TopSector Horticulture & Starting Materials

The Netherlands has nine Topsectors: sectors that are knowledge-intensive and export-oriented and that contribute to important social issues worldwide. The business community, knowledge institutions and education are working together with the government to ensure that Topsector Horticulture & Starting materials remains among the world’s best. It includes sectors ranging from vegetables, fruit and trees, to flowers and bulbs, but also technical suppliers such as greenhouse builders and service providers. The propagation materials sector concerns seed potatoes, planting material and seeds for horticulture and arable crops. The Topsector is further expanding its international position and focuses on: Knowledge and Innovation; Human Capital Agenda (HCA); and Internationalisation.

Knowledge and Innovation Agenda available here

Representative:

Jose Vogelezang

Jose Vogelezang
Scientific director

Vegepolys Valley

VEGEPOLYS VALLEY is a competitiveness cluster gathering together firms, research and training centres in the plant field around some innovative projects to strengthen the firms’ competitiveness. Our members are active down the entire plant value chain :

  • Upstream (development and selection, plant and soil health, machinery and equipment and digital & AgTech).
  • Plant production (seeds and plants, arable crops, market gardening and fruit tree growing, ornamental horticulture, wine and cider growing, and aromatic and medicinal plants).
  • Processing/distribution (human and animal nutrition, nutrition for prevention and health, well-being and cosmetics, agro-materials and biotransformation, urban planting and living environment).

Representative:

Pauline Bodin

Pauline Bodin
European project manager

The Plant ETP is a strong help for the plant sector, representing members from industry, academia and the farming community. It serves for all stakeholders concerned with plants to provide their views and represent their interests in an open discussion process. VEGEPOLYS VALLEY is here to represent and give voice to the French companies, farmers, and research centres working toward a better vegetal world.

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