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Who are we ?
  • History

    The Station d’essai de la Bretagne (La Bretagne experiment station) was set up in 1929, on the initiative of the Reunion Island Sugar Producers’ Union, in a view to improving the varieties grown in the island. In 1973, it changed its name to CERF, Centre d’Essai, de Recherche et de Formation (Centre for trials, research and training) and gradually extended its expertise to the sugarcane industry. In 2009, we changed our name to eRcane and adopted the signature “valoriser la ressource canne” (enhancing the value of sugarcane). The eRcane research centre is resolutely forward-looking, devoted to improving productivity in the sugar industry and to finding new ways of developing the economic value of sugarcane.
eRcane is an Economic Interest Group whose members are the two Reunion Island sugar companies: Sucrière de La Réunion (Quartier Français Group) and Sucrerie de Bois Rouge (Téréos Group).



  • Organization


  • Our knowledge

    Founded in 1929 to improve the health and quality of sugarcane plantations in Reunion Island, eRcane has become a world renowned variety development centre. It gradually diversified its work, developing expertise to meet the needs of the sugar industry and the agricultural sector in Reunion Island. New departments have been added over the years, including the Industrial Automation and Electronics Department, in 1973, and the Sugar Processing and Industrial Innovations Department, in 1985.
    Since 2007, eRcane has also been working on research concerning biorefinery and on the dissemination of cultural techniques.


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