Sweet and sour cherry

Chair Name: José Quero Garcia (INRA Bordeaux, UMR BFP, 71, avenue Edouard Bourlaux – CS 20032, Villenave d’Ornon Cedex - France, Tel: 33 557 122 437)

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Focus of Working Group

This Working Group arose in 2013 as an initiative of COST Action FA1104 ‘Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market’. This network will address all aspects related to cherry production, commercialisation, and consumption. Therefore, it will be highly multidisciplinary and will involve scientists working in the fields of plant breeding, genetics, genomics, agronomy, physiology, phytopathology, entomology, microbiology, post-harvest technology, and socio-economics. A special emphasis will be placed on key EU priorities such as the promotion of sustainable agriculture, adaptation to climate change, and the development of high-quality fruits from a nutraceutical point of view. Expected deliverables will be the exchange of data between research teams, the adoption of common experimental protocols, the implementation of predictive models in the fields of epidemiology and tree phenology, and the establishment of coordinated European marker-assisted selection strategies, including multi-location field trials. Benefits will mostly concern breeders and producers but consumers as well, through the promotion of better cherries and new food products.



Planned activities


FA1104 COST Cherry meeting, Naousa, Greece, 4-8 April 2016



Meeting: In 2015 there will be no ‘big’ meeting within our COST Action gathering all the different Action Working Groups (WG). Instead, specific meetings have been already organised:

  • WG2 Meeting at Trebinje, Bosnia (10-11/ 02/15): Rootstocks and training system
  • WG1 Meeting at Firenze, Italy (26-27/03/2015): Long term preservation of woody species by cryo-techniques
  • WG3 Meeting at Izmir, Turkey (22/04/2015): Joint meeting with the 2nd International Workshop on Bacterial diseases of Stone Fruits and Nuts

Documents: A scientific report as well as all the PDF files of the oral presentations or posters are available at the COST Public website: https://www.bordeaux.inra.fr/cherry/

Cherry Working Group summary 2015

Outputs: List joint research projects / trials, joint papers, joint…



Meeting: A big meeting was organized at Bordeaux, France, during the period 13-15 October. There were 72 delegates from 28 different countries. Over the three-day meeting there were 27 oral presentations and 46 posters. During the first day, after a welcome message and a presentation of the status of the Action by the Chair, general presentations were made in the morning. In the afternoon, participants were split into different working group (WG) break-out sessions.

During the second day, in the morning, WG break-out sessions were continued and were mostly devoted to scientific presentations (see Minutes for each WG). By the end of the morning, all WG met together in order to share their conclusions. In the afternoon, the Management Committee meeting was held (see MC Minutes). During the evening, a guided visit of the old Bordeaux center was organized, before sharing the gala dinner in the Café Opéra.

On day 3, a field trip was organized with different visits:

First, all participants met at the INRA site of La Grande Ferrade, in Villenave d’Ornon. On behalf of Hubert de Rochambeau, president of INRA-Bordeaux and of Thierry Candresse, Director of BFP (‘Biologie et Pathologie du Fruit’) Unit, Christian Chevalier, Vice-Director of BFP, made two oral presentations. Subsequently, the research team A3C, which is integrated into BFP Unit, was presented by its leader, Elisabeth Dirlewanger. These presentations were made within the main Amphitheater of INRA-Bordeaux. This was followed by a quick visit of the experimental devices (greenhouses and tunnels) of A3C team.

The group was then conducted to the Sauternais Region, at 40 kms from Bordeaux. A quick visit of the ‘Maison du Sauternais’ allowed participants to taste this prestigious ‘liquoreux’ wine, and to understand the main features of its production, before lunch. The INRA Fruit Tree Experimental Unit was then visited. We were kindly welcomed by the Unit’s Director, Marie-Laure Greil, and the INRA technical staff working on the cherry orchards.

Finally, the INRA Wine Experimental Unit of Couhins was visited and allowed participants to taste INRA white and red wines of the famous appellation ‘Pessac-Léognan’. These ‘degustation’ was leaded by Romain Baillou.


Documents: See COST website