Research & Innovation

Businesses, start-ups, researchers, agricultural professionals, developers, and pre-selected students will meet at the #DigitAg Challenge with one objective: inventing the digital services of tomorrow. The issues are to show the positive impact of open data to boost innovation and to prepare some application that a future agricultural data portal could host. Following the recommendations of […]

The application of products that protect vines is present in all vineyards, notably products that protect the leaves against mildew and powdery mildew, two important leaves diseases. In the context of a necessary reduction in the use of pesticides and of the consumers demand, genetic resistance of vines is key. The French Institute of Agronomic […]

Consuming differently and responsibly is possible. A new consumer brand proves it by offering a carton of milk whose specifications and price – that ensures a fair price is paid to the producers- are set by the consumer. The principle is simple: Ask the consumer what type of quality they’re looking for in an agricultural […]

While agriculture is sometimes portrayed as being a part of the problem in climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions, the French General Association of Wheat Producers is trying to show that it can also play an important role in the solution to climate change. Agriculture represents “a solution to reduce the effects of climate […]

France has made important strides in its comprehensive Agriculture Innovation 2025 plan for a competitive agriculture that is respectful of the environment. First launched in October of last year, the plan proposes 30 projects to make agricultural production in France more high-tech and environmentally friendly. A new announcement from the Ministry of Agriculture provides good […]

The National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) and its international partners published a major study cataloguing the DNA of the intestinal gut of pork. Pork is a major species in the global food production system and is also used as an important model animal in biomedical research. After doing the same catalogue with the intestinal […]

Scientists at the French Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) have sequenced the genome of the sunflower, a major achievement that will help improve varietal sunflower breeding programs. This is the first time that the sunflower’s genome has been completely sequenced, meaning that all of the plant’s genes were decoded, assembled and put in the correct […]

The French government recently launched its Agriculture Innovation 2025 plan, aimed at improving the capacity of French agriculture to more strongly engage and mobilize research and to convert the advances in agricultural innovation into benefits for both competitiveness on the global market and improved environmental performance. With more than 10% of all public research and […]

France is taking the threat of global warming and the climate disruptions it will cause seriously, and is investing time and money into researching innovative ways to mitigate the effects of climate change to our planet – notably its effects on agriculture and forestry. The French Alliance for Environmental Research has released a report, titled […]

A highly successful French campaign against food waste will soon be hitting markets in several other countries, including the United States. Les Gueules cassées (which translates as “broken faces.” For the English-language campaign, it will be called “Ugly Mugs”) promotes buying ugly – but perfectly edible and just as tasty – food products that probably […]