ASTREDHOR designs and implements research and innovation programmes for professionals in horticulture, floristry and landscaping to improve the technical, economic and environmental performance of companies. In this perspective, the Technical Institute of Horticulture carries out research on 5 thematic axes:
Alternative production systems and support for transitions
Production systems "other" than conventional systems, whether high- or low-technology intensive, require transitions in practices and support for these transitions, particularly in the areas of plant protection, evolution towards mechanization and robotization, circular economy and input savings, and adaptation to climate change.
Green engineering and ecosystem services
Quite recently, the sector has seen very promising avenues of development open up in three distinct fields that are complementary in many respects: plants in cities, urban agriculture and different types of functional plants (service plants for agriculture, ecological engineering, etc.).
Industrial applications for the bioeconomy
Favouring the use of biomass as a substitute or complement to non-renewable materials and materials, the bioeconomy comprises a wide and highly innovative industrial application sector, ranging from the food industry to plant chemistry, via numerous more or less refined bio-based products. It thus opens up new ways of using plants.
Economy and markets
Faced with the difficulties encountered by companies, the first priority is to analyse the levers for their sustainability. The adaptation of companies and products to the markets by implementing marketing approaches hitherto little used in this sector and the development of technical itineraries adapted to the new demand are other important issues for producers and distributors. Finally, certain difficulties in satisfying all distributors and users largely explain the pressure of foreign competitors on the national sector, and must therefore be overcome.
In the horticultural sector as elsewhere, the digital revolution is on the march. New tools are appearing, which need to be adapted, calibrated and validated, which will enable players to anticipate and make better informed decisions in the future. Working methods are changing, and the greenhouse, the growing room, the garden, the green space of tomorrow will be, not necessarily