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N° 108
  February 2019  
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  #PLANTINNOV, Plant characterisation, breeding and products 
Carole Caranta. © INRA

In a global context of climate change and the need to develop low-input agrosystems with less environmental impact, the challenges faced by different plant sectors are numerous: stabilised and/or increased production, improvements to the quality of plant products, support for the development of agroecological approaches, the diversification of cultivated species and the uses of plant products, and supplies of raw materials adapted to the demands of the bioeconomy.

To address these challenges, teams in the #PLANTINNOV innovation cluster can offer integrated and multidisciplinary research and development "from the laboratory to the field" focused on plant production: studies of plant traits, genetic improvement and varietal innovations, green biotechnologies or technologies to characterise plants at different scales and in different environments. INRA can offer its partners the skills of more than 450 scientists, together with genetic and genomic resources and technology platforms in the fields of “omics”, chemistry and plant phenotyping.

Head, Plant Biology and Breeding Division and Director of the Plant2Pro Carnot Institute

Laurence GARMENDIA and Thomas GOUJON,
Partnership and Innovation Managers, to be contacted for more information on our achievements and projects.

Results, Innovations, Transfer
PrediTox. © PrediTox, PrediTox
PrediTox, the start-up that evaluates the carcinogenic potential of your compounds

An ability to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of compounds at a very early stage is an important challenge for all pharmaceutical, cosmetics, chemicals or even agrifood companies that are trying to create new products. PrediTox is a start-up which has made this work its speciality, thanks to the development of a technology from TOXALIM.

porcelets nouveaux nés. © Inra
Improving the wellbeing of sows can reduce piglet mortality

Under conventional conditions, the stress experienced by gestating sows can have a negative impact on the survival of piglets. To overcome these harmful effects, corrective strategies that procure improvements to the environment of animals can restore the wellbeing of sows and reduce neonatal mortality.

Ici.C.Local marché
Ici.C.Local, a system to serve regional food policies and strategies

Created by INRA and the Grabels municipal council, Ici.C.Local is a participatory system which enables the simple labelling in food shops of local short-circuit products that comply with certain sustainability criteria. Protected by a brand name registered by INRA, this system is now entering a new stage, that of its deployment through the creation of a collective structure that will support local partners regarding its implementation.

The Ika4 protein shown here is the result of the spontaneous assembly of two smaller, identical proteins designed to assemble.
A new protein designed by an Artificial Intelligence

The objective of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is to enable a computer to (better) solve human problems. In Toulouse, an AI using "automated reasoning" algorithms has been able to design an artificial hyper-stable self-assembling protein. This is the result of work involving the MIAT unit, in an informal international collaboration with Belgium and Japan.

Sunflower with downy mildew
Towards more sustainable resistances to downy mildew in sunflower

Downy mildew is a sunflower disease that can lead to an almost total loss of yield in the case of serious attacks. Thanks to long work on valorization of natural genomic resources and to the development of new genotyping technologies, scientists and technicians at the plant-microorganisms interactions laboratory (LIPM) have improved understanding of infection mechanisms which should help to reinforce disease resistance of sunflower in the field.

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23 Feb - 03 Mar 2019 - INRA at the 2019 Paris International Agricultural Show
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