Supported structures: ANIFELT | VEGENOV


Key figures


In 2019 : 295 FTEs and 10 PhDs and Alternates

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Siège : 97 boulevard Pereire
75017 PARIS

Phone:01 87 76 04 00

The Technical Centre at the service of the entire fruit and vegetable sector

The Centre Technique Interprofessionnel des Fruits et Légumes - CTIFL - is the leading applied research organisation in the French fruit and vegetable sector. Through its work and innovations, it works to develop and diversify the production and marketing methods of each of the players. Research, validation and dissemination of technical references are carried out in all the operational centres and branches of the CTIFL: Balandran, Carquefou, Lanxade, St-Rémy-de-Provence, Rungis and Nancy.

Research and experimentation

In order to support all the professionals of the sector and to provide answers adapted to their specific needs, the CTIFL has structured the Research and Experimentation activity around 6 major thematic axes: Plant Material, Plant Health / Biocontrol, Agroecology, Greenhouse, Commercial Routes and Product Quality / Measures.

18 product line managers cover some 40 product lines. In 2019, the research and experimentation teams carried out just over 400 research, expertise and development projects.

The CTIFL carries out partnership actions with research, teaching, professional families and interprofessional organisations, in France and abroad.

Transfer and Valuate

In a highly competitive environment, and particularly challenged by the many expectations of consumers and citizens, the sector must be able to quickly assimilate knowledge and know-how, sources of development. In its function as a tool at the service of all the professionals of the sector, the CTIFL has oriented its action towards the transfer of the know-how it produces, beyond the mere diffusion.

Maintaining and developing training in a context of reform, animations, technical assistance and dissemination of tools are all responses that the CTIFL intends to target and adapt as closely as possible to specific needs.

Studying and anticipating

The CTIFL carries out economic studies for all professionals in the fruit and vegetable sector. The research officers of the Prospective and Economic Studies Department collect and analyse the available figures, conduct surveys among consumers, distributors and restaurant owners, and write economic summaries that are widely distributed within the sector through CTIFL publications. In this way, they provide a permanent insight into the markets, the companies and the consumers.


Disseminating knowledge

The dissemination and transmission of technical, economic and regulatory knowledge contribute to the support and services offered by the CTIFL to professionals. More than 200 publications are available for sale and many thematic dossiers, databases and technical and economic editions are available online.

In order to share as widely as possible the knowledge acquired and to respond to the specific problems of professionals, the CTIFL also organises events bringing together hundreds of professionals and technicians from the entire industry. National days, technical meetings and regional meetings are all privileged moments of sharing and exchange to deal with the thematic subjects tackled in a reactive manner.

Certifying to have quality plant material at your disposal

Fruit certification is voluntary. Around sixty nursery establishments in France have joined this scheme. The technical scheme is based on the principle of propagation by filiation of fruit-bearing material (varieties and rootstock), starting from a healthy initial plant. The main actions of the CTIFL cover the identification of candidate initial mother plants, the sanitary analyses carried out in the CTIFL laboratory, the biomolecular analyses intended to help in varietal identification, the field controls and the control of traceability. These means make it possible to make plant material with a maximum of guarantees available to the world fruit industry.


Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Catherine LAGRUE
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Philippe HUSSON
Valuation and Transfer Department
Anne-Laure LEVET
Foresight and Economic Studies Department
Scientific and technical communication department