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N° 103
  July 2018  
logo innover Inra2018. © INRA
  Innovation in action 

We have reached a turning point at which agricultural, food, ecological or energy transitions are necessary to enable our societies to live better and sustainably.

Because of the themes and disciplines it covers, INRA is a mission-oriented research institution that is unique in the world; its numerous advantages mean that it can propose innovations and support transitions.

Since its adoption in 2015 of a policy in favour of industrial partnerships and innovation, INRA has unveiled its action plan for innovation.  This aims to valorise and broaden the Institute’s potential by combining disciplines, building projects with actors in different sectors and territories, exploiting research infrastructures and targeting priority areas for innovation. We have also chosen to give a new name to our electronic newsletter. 

Designed to present the results of our research that could foster innovation as widely as possible, the “Newsletter for Industry” has now become “Innovating with INRA”.

Philippe Mauguin
President of INRA
For more details, go to the file (only in french) on L’innovation en actions à l’INRA

Results, Innovations, Transfer
indicateurs microbiens pour évaluer l’impact des pesticides © Fabrice MARTIN –LAURENT
Microbial indicators to evaluate the impact of pesticides

Innovative microbial ecotoxicity technologies have been developed and tested to evaluate the impact of pesticides on the functions of soils and sediments. Completion of this work has led to the design of three new methodologies that have been, or could be, standardised with the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Les N-SRS, des vecteurs antigéniques innovants
Towards a new universal influenza vaccine

The insertion of conserved epitopes of influenza virus hemagglutinin into nanostructures of the N protein of syncytial respiratory virus (N-SRS) has displayed considerable potential regarding the development of a universal influenza vaccine. Development of this novel approach is currently receiving support as a “pre-maturation” project

Détection automatisée des chaleurs des brebis
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A new system to detect oestrus in sheep

This new oestrus detection system is based on using a ram equipped with an RFID chip reader that will indicate to the breeder those ewes which are displaying behaviours typical of oestrus. The aim of the device is to enable breeders to control the reproduction of their herds without using hormone treatments.

Analysis of the modification of the bocage network of the three departments (Ille-et-Vilaine, Mayenne, Sarthe) crossed by the high-speed line Bretagne Pays-de-la-Loire. © Inra
Landscape analysis of a land reallotment programme: the example of the implementation of LGV Grand Ouest

The environmental observatory set up by BTP Eiffage to support creation of the high-speed rail infrastructure (LGV) through the Bretagne and Pays-de-la-Loire (BPL) regions performed a landscape analysis using the CHLOE 4.0 software developed by research teams.

VisEgg is an automated system to measure the number and quality of trout eggs using image analysis. © INRA, Jérôme Bugeon
VisEgg : a high-throughput phenotyping tool to determine the quality of trout eggs

VisEgg is an automated measuring system that can both count the eggs and perform individual measurements of quality criteria (area, colour) and thus determine the individual variability of these traits. Transfer of this measuring system to the profession is currently under way.

Micrographies à balayage electronique de collagène (X7000). Fibres de collagène à l’état natif dans l’os bovin (fibres de dimension micrometrique et fibrilles submicrometriques). . © INRA, UR QUAPA
The valorisation of animal biomass : when by-products are worth their weight in gold!

Structural fibrous proteins – collagen, elastin and keratin – are the principal constituents in many animal tissues. They can be extracted from by-products in large quantities and be used in particular for the design of biosourced materials and biologically active compounds.

Technology platforms
Bande fleurie de bleuets dans un champ d’orge. Thiverval-Grignon (78).
Projet Gargamel – Gestion agroécologique des ravageurs de grandes cultures à l’aide de mélanges floraux. Coordination : A. Gardarin, UMR Agronomie (Inra, AgroParisTech).. © INRA, Paola Salazar
A website to discover everything about systems experiments at INRA!

Systems experiments consist in designing and evaluating innovative farming systems which can respond to challenges that may be environmental (reducing inputs, preserving water and soil resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, maintaining biodiversity, etc.), economic (viability of systems) or social (impact on the organisation of work).

Collaboration Proposals
Plateforme Lait UMR STLO. © INRA, inra
From’Innov, an innovative process for the development of new ²cheeses 

A patented process, From’Innov was designed to address a dual challenge: to reduce cheese ripening time while creating a broad range of textures and flavours. This will facilitate the development of cheeses which can conquer new markets in France and internationally. 

Our partners
A herd of Lacaune dairy sheep at INRA’S La Fage experimental farm. The farm is located along the Causse du Larzac plateau and is an experimental site for dairy sheep for INRA’s Animal Genetics division.. © INRA, MAITRE  Christophe
SMARTER H2020: breeding small ruminants to make raising livestock more sustainable

For the past two years, teams at INRA’s Occitanie-Toulouse centre have been working with stakeholders from around the world on the SMARTER project. Their proposal to study genetic selection to increase resilience and efficiency in small ruminants in their local environments has just been accepted for the European H2020 programme.

Partnership arrangements
Bien-être animal, un effet de mode ou une lame de fond irréversible ?
Animal welfare: the latest trend or an irreversible groundswell?

Faced with citizen aspirations, the issue of animal welfare is taking on growing importance in the debate on the future of livestock farming.  Some initiatives have been taken, such as the "Western France, Livestock Region" Territorial Innovation Laboratory (LIT), which at the SPACE International Livestock Fair organised a conference on “Animal welfare, an advantage for livestock farms in western France”.

16-20 Jul 2018
XII International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics
Bordeaux (France)
02-06 Sep 2018
10th International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores
Clermont-Ferrand (France)
29-31 Oct 2018
Symposium Plant epi/genetics: pre-schedule online
Angers (France)

Executive Director: Philippe Mauguin
Editorial coordination,Chief Editor: Odile Whitechurch
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