Futureco Bioscience participates in PALVIP (Alternative Protection of Interregional Vegetable Production of the Pyrenees), a Catalonia-Roussillon cross-border research and experimentation project to develop biocontrol products adapted to Mediterranean crops. The aims of PALVIP are: To characterize the biological control products adapted to the Mediterranean crops, especially wine, fruits and vegetables (1); gather and disseminate information to guide farmers on the use of these products (2) and promote the development of biocontrol industry and sustainable agriculture (3).
To achieve these, there is a team of associate universities and technical structures to evaluate these products. Biopesticides selected according to their effectiveness will be studied through field trials, made by the Agriculture Chamber of the Eastern Pyrenees and the Catalan Institute of Vineyard and Wine (INCAVI). The University of Perpignan (UPVD), the University of Girona (UdG) and Futureco Bioscience, will analyze their environmental impact, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the UdG will measure their effect on plants.
Field trials will be conducted against diseases and pests of great economic importance such as mildew and Botrytis in vine, brown rot in peach, Monilia laxa in apricot, flies in cherry, or weeds in field horticultural crops. These trials will include commercial references of pesticides and biopesticides based on microorganisms and selected botanical extracts.
On the other hand, impact on wine quality and on the environment will be investigated through transcriptomic, metabolomic and environmental metabolic fingerprinting techniques. These techniques analyse molecular interactions between the components of complex mixtures of soils, leaves and fruits, determining the gene expression, synthesis of proteins and hormones of the metabolism or the stress response of plants. Information on the waste products, the formation of by-products and the effect on biodiversity will also be collected to determine ecological safety and ensure that these products are not eco-toxic.
The PALVIP project is 65% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg VA Spain-France-Andorra Program (POCTEFA 2014-2020), which aims to strengthen the economic and social integration of the border area between Spain, France and Andorra. This aid focuses on the development of cross-border economic, social and environmental activities through joint strategies in favour of sustainable territorial development.