Designing more resilient and sustainable organic production systems
This work aims to evaluate the sustainability and resilience of current organic production systems by acquiring references and producing performance evaluation methods for organic systems. In addition, work is focusing on the design and evaluation of more sustainable and resilient organic production systems: identification and study of innovations and performance evaluation of these innovative systems.
Mobilising genetic resources
This work focuses on an essential lever - mobilising plant and animal genetic resources for robust crops and livestock - for high-performing and resilient systems and for quality organic products. Upstream, of two essential components in animal and plant breeding for organic agriculture, a first component is aiming to foster the development of an organic seed and seedling network, which is necessary for the development of specific breeding programmes.
Developing preventive techniques and methods to optimise organic crop production systems
This work focuses on mobilising ecosystem services and on optimising technical procedures to improve system performance. Two major issues, pervasively present in specialised systems and which have multiplied over the past 15 years (whether in arable or perennial crops), are the subject of this work either directly or indirectly: the management of soil fertility and pest control.
Developing preventive techniques and methods to optimise organic mixed farming systems
This work seeks to develop autonomous and economical organic farming systems which show respect for those who work in them, for the welfare of animals and for the environment. The objective of this fundamental work is to develop farms which are self-sufficient in terms of feed - a key to their success - and to promote preventive livestock methods and the use of alternatives to allopathic products in order to reduce the vulnerability of animals faced with the development of multifactorial disorders.
Innovating at the input level for plant and animal health in organic agriculture
This theme complements the preventive and systemic approaches described above and works on the evaluation of the effectiveness and the registration of plant protection products and animal health products. This involves improving our knowledge on natural protection products which can be used in organic agriculture, encouraging their availability and raising their profile.
Optimising organic product quality for the health and well-being of citizens
This work takes place at the scale of the supply chain and, indeed, the food chain (from field to fork), in order to meet the expectations of both consumers and those working in the supply chain. Work focuses on characterising and assessing the quality of organic food and products. For this, many aspects are considered: nutritional, sensory, health, global, environmental etc. In addition, work is also aiming to develop a quality approach throughout the food chain (environmental, sanitary and technological requirements etc.).
Stimulating partnerships and innovation networks
Work on this theme reinforces ITAB’s technical programme through an original approach developed by the institute itself. Work focuses on (i) identifying needs and the future direction of research, (ii) managing the network and mobilising skills, (iii) knowledge production and (iv) capitalising on knowledge and experiences.