Research & Innovation

In order to come up with innovative solutions to the sustainable raising of goats, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the Animal Husbandry Institute (IDELE) created a new research unit dedicated to the topic, called UMT SC3D. This unit will lead a research and development program over 5 years. This program aims […]

In late February, a report was officially published laying out the guidelines of the priority research program titled “Cultivate and Protect Differently.” Announced in July of 2018, this program will research methods of building an agricultural system that is better for the environment and human health, and will be funded with 30 million euros coming […]

A study conducted by the University Hospital of Besançon and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA, has demonstrated for the first time a link between the consumption of cheese at a young age and a lower probability of developing food or dermatological allergies later in life. This is regardless of other types of […]

An international consortium coordinated by INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, has sequenced and decrypted the genome of several truffle species, including the white Alba truffle, the Burgundy truffle, and the desert truffle. This breakthrough allows for a better understanding of the symbiotic relationship between fungi and trees, for whom the ecological role […]

A decrease of 25% in the risk of cancer was observed in “regular” consumers of organic food products when compared to those who consume them less often, according to a new epidemiological study conducted by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and other French research centers. The study analyzed data coming from nearly 70,000 […]

Several simulations predict that climate change will reduce yields, but they are all based on the assumption that the farmers of 2050 will use the same plant varieties as today. However, the agricultural profession is now planting corn varieties that are harvested later and later in the year to counter the effects of climate change. […]

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 […]