Key Info

Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Björn Usadel
Faculty / Institution:
Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.03.2016 to 29.02.2020
EU contribution:
4.868.332,50 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 679303.  


Improving the stability of high-quality traits of berry in different environments and cultivation systems for the benefit of European farmers and consumers


The main objective of GoodBerry is to provide the necessary knowledge and procedures to facilitate the development of highly productive and top quality berry fruits, even under multiple suboptimal growth conditions, at a competitive cost. The project is based on an integrative multi-actor approach, from cultivation techniques to molecular studies, aiming the development and validation of a range of tools to improve competitiveness of European berry production, and eventually the attraction and confidence of consumers. The selection of the model species can be considered as strategic since strawberry is the most important berry crop in Europe and the production of raspberry and blackcurrant are increasing strongly in recent years. The project will apply the most recent technical advances in: a) The identification of berry germplasm exhibiting advantageous balance of production vs nutritional quality throughout the EU, b) The search of innovative production systems to maintain high yield in a range of European-wide environments, c) The development of standardized and reliable analytical tools to evaluate berry production and fruit quality.


  • Universidad de Malaga, Spain (Coordinator)
  • Technische Universität München, Germany
  • NIBIO – Norsk Institutt fpr Biookonomi, Norway
  • Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
  • Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria, Pesquera, Alimentaria y de la Producción Ecológica, Spain
  • Instytut Ogrodnictwa, Poland
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France
  • Hochschule Geisenheim, Germany
  • The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
  • Proefcentrum Hoogstraten, Belgium
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Ciref Création Variétale Fraises Fruits Rouges, France
  • Hansabred GmbH & Co.KG
  • Sant'Orsola societa cooperativa Agricola, Italy
  • Viveros California SL, Spain
  • Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, China
  • Sistemas Genómicos SL, Spain
  • Eurice European Research and Project Office GmbH, Germany