Research & Innovation

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, in which INRA, the French National Institute of Agricultural Research took a leading role, announced the publication of the first reference sequence of the wheat genome in Science on Aug. 17. French teams from INRA and several other agencies, organizations and universities, contributed to this major scientific breakthrough due […]

The digital and agricultural network Acta (the association of agricultural commodities research institutes) organized in partnership with several other organizations the event HackTaFerme (“Hack your farm”), the first edition of the event “Hackathon on the farm” which took place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in and around the French town of Chalons-en-Champagne. Several teams […]

In the face of the countless amount of data on the state of the oceans, France’s Research Institute on Use of the Sea (IFREMER), has established a new super calculator, called Datarmor. Featuring data processing and storage abilities ten-times more powerful than previous processors, Datarmor aims to accelerate and refine marine research in the field […]

A vast international consortium of researchers involving France’s leading agricultural research institute, National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), and the University of California at Davis and Stanford University, highlighted the existence of a large variability in answers concerning the effect of the composition of countryside surrounding farms in controlling bio-aggressors like pests and weeds. This […]

Certain pesticides and other phytosanitary products, while useful to agricultural production, can have negative impacts on the environment that exceed the benefits of their use. Because of this, France has taken the initiative to reduce pesticide use by 50 % by 2025 through its Ecophyto plan. Reducing the use of pesticides is great news for […]

Food security for refugee populations and uncertainty around future budgets for food aid from the United Nations can only be reconciled with well-targeted food aid that is precise and efficient. Research from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and other institutions have proposed to simultaneously take into account individual data and aggregated data […]

The rose is an ornamental plant emblematic of the history of humanity from both a cultural and economic point of view. Celebrated since antiquity by countless artists, appreciated for its fragrance and the beauty of its flowers, roses are today the most purchased flower in France, while the rose plant is an essential decorative plant […]

In order to meet the challenge of feeding a growing global population in a healthy and sustainable way, one of the tools is to strengthen the natural defenses of plants against pathogens, and particularly viruses. Among resistant plant varieties, natural mutations were selected for a study on this topic by the French National Institute of […]

The French Ministry for Agriculture and Food, along with the ministries for Economy, for Research and innovation and for Environment, has announced eight calls for project proposals on the theme of ecological and energy transition. This issue is at the heart of transforming economic sectors and allows for new market opportunities for businesses. This falls […]

The French National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) undertook a program starting in 2000 to create wine grape varieties possessing sustainable resistance to the main fungal infections that affect grape vines. This project has just led to four new varieties with natural resistance to mildew and ash disease, and whose wine quality is equivalent to […]