Supported structure: ARTB

Institut Technique de la Betterave

Key figures


In 2013 : 38 including 32 research and technical staff

Total budget

In 2013 : €5.36m

Link to associated website

The objective of the ITB (the technical institute for beet) is to “take all initiatives, to promote and coordinate all research or experiments aimed at improving the cultivation of industrial beet. The result is that its field extends, but is not limited to, industrial beet seeds, cropping methods, machinery, the agricultural use of beet by-products, and disease and insect pest control.”

Created in 1944, ITB was France’s first agricultural technical institute. It is the institute for the sugar, alcohol and ethanol beet industry, responsible for “taking all initiatives, to promote and coordinate all research aimed at improving the crop.” It consists of the Confédération Générale de Planteurs de Betteraves (CGB, beet growers) and the Syndicat National des Fabricants de Sucre (SNFS, sugar manufacturers). The beet sector is particularly dynamic at the technical level and its performance continues to improve rapidly in terms of yield per hectare and the rational management of inputs. This means the technical expectations of producers-farmers are high. In particular, the economic constraints of the reforms to the common market organisation for sugar and environmental constraints (the nitrate directive and Ecophyto 2018) must be taken into account when developing technical itineraries and improved cropping systems.

ITB comprises a national structure built around expert engineers in the institute’s various fields of competence (agronomy, genetics, plant health, agricultural machinery), and nine regional delegations comprising the two agencies in the main beet-producing regions.

Its tasks are to:

  1.  To shed light on the strategic decision-making of stakeholders in the sector by establishing performance indicators for the crop through investigations into practices, through pest warning networks, by conducting crop diagnoses (identifying limiting factors and areas for improvement), and analysing the economic impacts of technical choices.
  2. Evaluating and developing innovations: designing, testing and improving sustainable production systems. Each year ITB produces a list of recommended varieties, testing the innovations proposed by the industry and research. Its actions also aim to implement these levers in order to reduce environmental impacts while maintaining progress in technical performance.
  3. Maintaining a methodological platform: developing and maintaining the human, material and logistical resources required to complete its assignments: decision support systems, website and experimental equipment.
  4. Transfer and communication: communication with scientists, governments, development workers and producers.

Achieving these tasks involves implementing actions and projects which bring together ITB’s national experts and regional delegates with numerous partners, including public research, Chambers of Agriculture, seed businesses, machinery manufacturers and plant protection companies. These actions are the subject of a programme approved by the board of directors. This programme falls within the general framework of the ‘contract of objectives’ between ACTA and MAAP for 2009-2013.

ITB is a member of the International Institute for Beet Research (IIRB) which includes European technical institutes.


Alexandre QUILLET
Directeur Général
Fabienne MAUPAS
Responsable Technique et Scientifique
Responsable Expérimentation & Expertise Régionale
Jean-Pierre DODINET
Responsable Administratif & Financier
Responsable Communication
Assistante de direction