R&D Projects


Operative Active Group

GO PAM. New seasons of industrial production of aromatic and medicinal plants in the traditional agricultural systems of Catalonia

The Operative Group ‘PAM in CAT’ aims to analyze the behavior of different commercial varieties of a set of aromatic and medicinal plant species (PAM) that could be cultivated on a commercial scale in different agricultural settings in Catalonia.
For this, those species that are in good demand in the market have been chosen and they have been planted in three plots located in Las Garrigues, La Noguera and La Segarra. The partners that are part of this operating group are Grupo Cooperativo Fruits de Ponent, as leader; Aigües del Segarra-Garrigues, Ventós Laboratory and Forest Science and Technology Center of Catalonia.
The total budget is € 179,870.00 with funding from DARP and the EU of € 128,963.3 and own funding from Fruits de Ponent and Aigües del Segarra-Garrigues of € 50,906.70.


The PEACHNIR operating group ‘Automatic classification of peaches and nectarines according to their state of maturity using non-destructive NIR technology’ started in 2019 with the aim of being able to obtain a product of uniform quality differentiated for different markets. The producer and marketer sector collaborate in the execution of the project, through the Fruits de Ponent Cooperative Group from Alcarràs (Lleida) and the horticultural company Baró e Hijos S.L. Albatàrrec (Lleida), as well as the scientific and technological sector with the participation of IRTA and the manufacturer of sorting machines Maf Roda Agrobotic.



It is an Operational Group whose main objective is to control postharvest diseases of peaches and nectarines caused by Monilinia spp. and Rhizopus spp. using strategies that do not leave residues on the fruit at harvest time, in order to be able to access the most demanding markets. The producer and marketing sector collaborate in the execution of the project, through Fruits de Ponent, Agropecuaria and the credit section of Soses SCCL and SAT Fruta de Alcarràs, as well as the scientific and technological sector with the participation of IRTA. The Gomori project is financed through Operation 16:01:01 of Cooperation for Innovation of the Rural Development Program of Catalonia 2014-2020.


An Operational Group project based on the use of data and Big Data technologies to develop prediction models that anticipate information on the evolution of quality parameters and harvest volumes for the peach and cherry sector. In this way, it is possible to improve the reliability of harvest planning, a critical factor for the competitiveness of fruit producing companies.


New varieties of fruits resistant to diseases and of high organoleptic quality.
The objective of this project is to obtain new varieties of apple, pear and peach tree resistant to the main diseases of high economic impact in the fruit-growing areas of Catalonia, which at the same time have a high quality and are adapted to the climatic conditions of these production areas.
This project is co-financed by the European Funds for Regional Development of the European Union within the framework of the ERDF Catalonia 2014-2020 Operational Program with the help of 75,149.41 euros.