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European agriculture continues to be heavily reliant on pesticide use. Its effect on natural resources and its impact on human health have prompted the civil society, scientists and some stakeholders to question chemically-based crop protection. Moreover, researchers, advisers and farmers face increasingly higher levels of risk due to pesticide-resistant pest populations, exotic and emerging pests, secondary outbreaks, and vulnerable agro-ecosystems.

ENDURE paves the way for solutions in responding to the challenge of new sustainable crop protection and strategies, by reshaping European research and development on pesticide use in crops.


ENDURE creates a coordinated structure that takes advantage of alternative technologies, builds on advances in agricultural sciences, ecology, behaviour, genetics, economics and social sciences, and connects researchers to other stakeholders in extension, industry, policymaking and civil society. This multidisciplinary and cross-sector approach is designed to foster the development and implementation of strategies rationalising and reducing pesticide inputs as well as reducing risks.

The overarching goal of the project is to overcome the fragmentation of ideas and resources, as well as differences in approaches and methodologies within Europe, by fostering greater collaboration through joint activities. In doing so, ENDURE aims to create the foundations for a European entity that will lead the development and implementation of pest control strategies across the globe.


ENDURE proposes to establish greater unity in the field by sharing knowledge and people, as well as pooling facilities, biological resources (such as reference strains of anthropods, weeds and plant pathogens, as well as DNA and RNA libraries) and equipment (such as experimental field sites and pest monitoring databases) through a joint crop protection research programme.

A virtual laboratory the European Pest Control Competence Centre has been created as a source of knowledge and expertise for supporting public policymakers, regulatory bodies, extension services and other crop protection stakeholders. It will help disseminate knowledge, know-how and resources through training and education to farmers, advisers, researchers and policymakers. The infrastructure that is being developed is the first ever of its kind in the field of crop protection.

Another goal is to enhance the research innovation process by creating working relationships between researchers and practitioners in extension and farming. Industry, policymakers and civil society are included to help define the research agenda.

ENDURE establishes a sustainable, coherent and transnational institution made up of leading European crop protection research, R&D, extension and industry organisations to ensure safer foods for a healthier Europe.

List of Partners

  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France)
  • Biologische Bundesanstalt für Land- und Forstwirtschaft (Germany)
  • Rothamsted Research (UK)
  • Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (France)
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
  • Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Denmark)
  • Agroscope Swiss Federal Research Station (Switzerland)
  • International Biocontrol Manufacturer's Association (France)
  • INRA Transfert (France)
  • Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (Poland)
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Szent Istvan University (Hungary)
  • Universitat de Lleida (Spain)
  • Plant Research International (The Netherlands)
  • Danish Agricultural Advisory Service (Denmark)
  • Association de Coordination Technique Agricole (France)
  • Applied Plant Research B.V., (The Netherlands)
  • Agricultural Economic Research Institute (The Netherlands)
Full title:
European network for the durable exploitation of crop protection strategies
Contract n°:
Project co-ordinator:
Pierre Ricci, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique,
EC Scientific Officer:
Jean-François Maljean,
EU contribution:
€ 11.2M
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Last update: 06 December 2007 | Top