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CATE - Applied research in horticulture

Location: Finistère, France
Specific Objectives: Low Carbon Technologies

Project Types: Agricultural projects to set up innovative and sustainable cropping practices


CATE is an applied research centre based in the heart of the vegetable and horticultural production area of Brittany. The centre carries out regional, national and European programmes of experimentation on fresh vegetables, ornamental horticulture and cultivated mushrooms. These programmes seek to solve technical issues faced by growers, to adapt the products to the consumers’ demand and to set up sustainable cropping systems.

CATE carry out trials on varietal evaluation, Integrated Pest Management, sustainable fertilisation practices, diversification and segmentation, post-harvest quality preservation, innovative cropping system design, etc. CATE work on fresh field vegetables (cauliflower, artichoke, shallot, witloof chicory, broccoli, lettuce, squash …), greenhouse vegetables (tomato, strawberry ), ornamentals crops (plant nursery) and cultivated mushrooms (Shii-Take, pleurotus …)

- A team of 21 people, including 8 researchers
- An experimental farm with 12 ha of trial plots, glasshouses and plastic shelters, lysimetric compartments, container field areas, cells for shelf-life studies…
- Agreement for “Good experimentation practices” (GEP) and “Research tax credit” for private provisions

CATE is integrated in regional, national and European research and experimentation networks and works directly for around 2500 vegetable and ornamentals growers. CATE edits a trimestral news periodical “Aujourd’hui et Demain”, distributed to 2 300 copies in the vegetable cropping areas of Brittany. We are already involved in European projects ( Interreg, H2020).


Esther Lechevallier, Project Manager :