Research & Innovation

French people broadly believe that cooking at home is cheaper than buying ready-to-eat dishes. INRAE researchers just challenged this idea. Their results, published in Public Health Nutrition on May 27th, show that cooking at home from raw ingredients is actually more expensive than buying prepared foods, when taking into account cooking time. In 1973, French […]

Cafeterias — whether in the workplace, in schools, or in other institutional settings — are a cornerstone of the French agroecological transition. Researchers at INRAE Occitanie-Toulouse Center investigated last spring to better understand the practices, constraints and drivers of using legumes in the kitchen, as well as their position in menus and corresponding supply chains. […]

Diagnose plant diseases on your smartphone and discover treatments, signal the arrival of the formidable giant Asian hornet… French Phytopathologist researchers have developed over the past 15 years websites and smartphone applications in the service of plant health. Apps that bring together scientific expertise and participatory science! “We aggregate encyclopedic knowledge of agronomic experts to […]

During the International Agricultural Show in Paris earlier this year, banana producers from France’s overseas territories presented the Pointe d’Or (“golden point”), a new variety of banana produced without phytosanitary products. “This is a naturally natural banana,” explained Tino Dambas, a banana producer from the French Caribbean island territory of Guadeloupe. The fruit of 20 […]

French scientists from INRAE (the French Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research), Inserm (the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), Sorbonne University and the company SOLAGRO conducted a multi criteria study on the new French dietary guidelines. Their results, published on March 23rd in Nature Sustainability, show that following these recommendations has a […]

Today, agriculture finds itself facing a major challenge: Ensuring adequate production for a growing population all while protecting the environment. To limit the expansion of agricultural land, a possible path forward is increasing crop density (plants planted per square meter), which has the consequence of increasing competition of plants among themselves for resources (water, light, […]

France’s Ecophyto II plan (which aims to reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture) gives a large amount of consideration to scientific expertise. Since 2012, different research projects have been carried out to develop alternatives to phytosanitary products for crops. This includes the LILLA project, led by a French agricultural and environmental research center in […]

On January 1, 2020, the National Institute of Agricultural Research and the National Institute of Research in Sciences and Technologies for the Environment and Agriculture merged to become a new and unique research institute: INRAE, the “National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment,” It was officially launched January 9. Thanks to the complementarity […]

The reconciliation of crop productivity and biodiversity maintenance is one of the most important challenges of global agriculture. Weed management is recognized as an integral component of ecological intensification in agriculture because weeds can generate severe yield losses but also form the base of trophic networks in agriculture. Research in weed science has thus often […]