Research & Innovation

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 […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has released a report, Agriculture Innovation 2025, which proposes 30 different innovative projects for competitive agriculture that respects the environment. The projects are organized along three broad priorities – making agriculture help in the fight against climate change, using new technologies to advance agriculture, and uniting the fields of research, […]

A French start-up has created an app to reduce food waste and help consumers find cheap food. OptiMiam (a play on the words optimum and the French word for yum, “miam”) allows consumers to buy food for cheap if the ingredients are close to, but not passed, their expiration date. The app reduces food waste […]

The diet of the future was the theme of the National Agricultural Science Research Institute (INRA) at the International Agricultural Show in Paris last February. The goal was to present the way in which our eating habits will change in the coming decades given the current environmental challenges. INRA’s researchers have been working on products […]

An international consortium of over 30 research institutes -among which are three French research centers – has succeeded in sequencing the entire genome of Brassica napus L, more commonly known as rapeseed. Rapeseed – the plant from which we derive canola oil – is the most important oilseed crop in Europe, Canada, and Australia and […]

A team of scientists from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has just made headway in the discovery of a source of nitrous oxide reduction, and it’s in our soil! Nitrous oxide (N2O) is one of the principal greenhouse gases responsible for the deterioration of the ozone layer, alongside carbon (CO2) and methane […]

Wine connoisseurs around the world owe a great deal in quality assurance to the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).Their labors directed at decoding the French oak tree genome are bearing a very practical fruit: fraud detection. A holistic sequencing and mapping of this genome allows scientists to identify poorer quality barrels that are […]