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Programme Partners

CerealPath benefits enormously from the experience and expertise of the Programme Beneficiaries and Programme Partners. The Beneficiary organisations are the 'home' institutions for the Early Stage Researchers while the Programme Partners provide supports such as hosting for secondments.

Limagrain UK Ltd GB flag

Limagrain is an agricultural cooperative group, which is owned and managed by 2,000 farmer members. It has three main divisions: field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products, which makes it the fourth largest seed company in the world with over 9,000 employees based in 42 countries. Limagrain has a total of 110 research stations and centres around the world with 1,800 people employed in plant breeding and research. 13.5% of the company's turnover is re-invested in research. It's long term aim is to move agriculture forward to meet the growing demand for food.

Goldcrop Ltd IE flag

Goldcrop Ltd is a 29-year-old private family business based in Cork, Ireland. The company trades in seed, chemicals, farm hardware, animal feed and fertiliser products mainly servicing agricultural-based customers nationwide. It is currently the largest cereal seed processor in Ireland and the leading provider of new varieties selected from numerous European plant breeders. Goldcrop has 70 employees and an annual turnover of € 48m.

Saaten Union UK Ltd GB flag

We live in a time of shortage of resources, changes in climate, the necessity of feeding a continuously growing world population and the increasing cultivation of renewable resources. One result of this current situation is that proper plant breeding has become a top priority.

Saaten Union was founded in 1965 and is an association of seven medium-sized plant-breeding enterprises with more than 100 years of breeding experience behind them. We make energy-efficient and healthy varieties of seeds available for all European crop-growing areas. The secret of our success is our practical down-to-earth experience, our technological leadership and an unparalleled genetic range of more than 40 agricultural grain varieties.

Florimond Desprez Veuve et Fils FR flag

Florimond Desprez is an independent French family-owned company founded in Cappelle-en-Pévèle, in France's Nord region, in 1830. The Florimond Desprez group is a world leader in the sugar beet seed industry and is one of the leading European breeders of small grain cereals. Florimond Desprez's business is all about harnessing genetic resources to create new high-yield varieties. The company's breeding goals are based on various agronomic, technological and environmental criteria.

Florimond Desprez is continuing to develop its expertise internationally, thanks to its presence in all of the agricultural production fields where the seeds market is growing strongly. Already established in the Mediterranean region (Italy, Morocco, Spain), the company is continuing to expand in South America (Argentina), Central Europe and Russia.

Florimond Desprez is committed to building technological partnerships in the breeding sector, focusing on small grain cereals. That way, Florimond Desprez has set up Isterra in Hungary with Axéréal and Trigall Genetics in Argentina with Bioceres.

Florimond Desprez is fully aware of the importance of public-private partnerships and training combined with research and relations with the agricultural sectors, as shown by its involvement in the AKER (sugar beet), Breedwheat (wheat) and IFMAS (bio-sourced products) programmes, as well as its links with various universities.


KWS LOCHOW GmbH is one of the leading plant breeding companies in Germany and Europe with core competence in cereal breeding, especially wheat, barley and hybrid rye. It holds subsidiaries with own breeding programs in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Poland and since 2010 also in the US.

Lantmännen ekonomisk förening SE flag

Lantmännen is one of the Nordic area's largest Groups within food, energy, machinery and agriculture. The Group, owned by 32,000 Swedish farmers, operates in 22 countries, has about 8,500 employees and a turnover of SEK 35 billion. As a leading player in food, energy and agriculture, Lantmännen is strongly committed to building a sound and healthy society. Lantmännen is active in every part of the value chain – from field to fork. Lantmännen is conducting plant breeding of cereals, oilseeds, forages, potatoes with the Nordic-Baltic area as main markets. Via the fully owned company BioAgri AB, Lantmännen is engaged in development of products for the control of pathogens and growth stimulation.

Phytoauxilium FR flag

Phytoauxilium is a young innovative company specialized in the development of natural solutions for the plant protection or for their media. We are fully dedicated to research beneficial action of actives compounds coming from nature by investing in a strong research and development program and also by establishing strong relationships with scientific and institutional partners. We seriously think that the natural products we are working on can bring a satisfying level of protection for plant and their media against pathogens, making them a real alternative.

BASF plc GB flag

As an industry leader with a broad portfolio of fungicides, insecticides, herbicides and seed treatments, BASF helps farmers to sustainably increase the yields and the quality of their crops. By nurturing a culture of innovation in alignment with customers' needs, our technologies aim to ensure that crops grow healthier, stronger and more resistant to stress factors, such as heat or drought.

BASF also offers a range of smart solutions for pest problems in urban and rural areas. From products to protect buildings from termites to mosquito nets which effectively combat the spread of vector-borne diseases, we help our customers to keep their homes, food establishments, and businesses clean and pest-free.

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland IE flag

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is a Department of the Government of Ireland. The mission of the Department is to lead the sustainable development of a competitive, consumer focused agri-food sector and to contribute to a vibrant rural economy and society.

Within the context of CerealPath, the Department's Pesticide Division will work closely with researchers across the Network and will provide specialist training and support.

Agricultural Magnetics Ltd IE flag

Agricultural Magnetics is an SME focused on the use of magnetised spray delivery systems for the sustainable and economical use of crop pesticides and herbicides. Our patented product is based around the premise of fitting a system of magnetic inserts into the spraying apparatus, which impart a magnetic charge into the chemical. The magnetised chemical is drawn to the target plant and attaches to the entire plant. Our Controlled Droplet Application technology allows growers to apply small droplets of 40 µm - 80 µm without the problem of spray drift occurring. Thus it offers major advantages for the economic and timely control of cereal diseases.

Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center CH flag

Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC), Universities of Zurich and Basel and ETH Zurich is a competence centre linking and supporting the plant science research community of the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Basel. The PSC leverages its cross-university mission and organisation to advance ambitious research initiatives. Our 500 member scientists represent a wide spectrum of plant-related disciplines, and the PSC is a nexus for approaching questions in the plant sciences that require coordinated effort. We seek creative approaches to research mentoring and coursework for students and postdocs, and we provide platforms for interaction with peers, policymakers, industry and stakeholders.

In CerealPath the PSC will offer a innovative summer school to all fellows on "Agriculture in Transformation – New Concepts for an Agriculture Production that is Socially Fair, Environmentally Safe and Economically Viable" in 2016.

Biogemma FR flag

Biogemma is a European plant biotechnology company founded in 1997 by seed companies and French field crop producers. Its original mission was to create new genetic variability via GM traits to be exploited by its shareholding companies.

With the arrival of the plant genomics boom in 1999-2000, Biogemma's role was enlarged to include the development of genomics tools for its main target species and the production of informative markers for genes identified in the genomics projects. These marker- trait associations support the marker-assisted breeding programmes of their shareholders.

Today, Biogemma has around 80 staff and 4 sites. Research programmes focus on maize (corn), wheat, oilseed rape (canola) and sunflower.

This page was last updated on 14th September 2017