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N° 109
  March 2019  
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  Special Issue – Carnot Institutes  
Philippe Lenee

For the four Carnot Institutes led by INRA, 2018 marked their maturity and produced the first fruits of the efforts made during the past two to five years.  For INRA, these Institutes now play a pivotal role in the landscape of partnership research.
After complying with good practices relative to contractual relations and intellectual property with our industrial partners, the four Carnot Institutes have now obtained ISO 9001:2015 certification.
An internal funding mechanism1 enables laboratories accredited by a Carnot Institute to obtain support for their research projects to renew technological skills that will benefit new partnership relationships with industry. This newsletter illustrates some of the priorities that the Carnot Institutes managed by INRA have chosen to fund:

  • 3BCAR: electrostatic separation and electrochemistry,
  • France Futur Elevage: livestock health and product quality,
  • Plant2Pro: innovative design of arable crops and high-throughput phenotyping,
  • Qualiment: foods adapted to specific populations and sensory analysis.

1 Funds provided to Carnot Institutes by the French National Research Agency in proportion to the annual value of collaborative contracts with industry.

Philippe LENEE
Director of Partnerships, Transfer and Innovation

France Futur Elevage
 © NICOLAS Bertrand
Monitoring and predicting poultry viability under standard rearing condition

A tool to monitor and predict the viability of young chicks has been developed. This tool can provide an accurate perception of mortality rates and indicate when corrective actions – including treatment with antibiotics – should be implemented in a rearing unit.

An innovative kit for the diagnosis of animal toxoplasmosis
An innovative kit to diagnose toxoplasmosis in animals

Using salivary antibodies specific to the parasite, this new diagnostic kit has revolutionised the detection toxoplasmosis in sheep. Respectful of animal welfare, the kit constitutes a first step in a broader strategy to control the disease according to the One Health concept.

Côte de porc et côte de veau.. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Associating product quality, welfare and reproduction in pigs

Eliminating the risk of boar taint from meat and improving the economic performance of livestock units are the objectives of the new project NoCast.  Using an approach that takes account of new phenotypic criteria in sows, this work will eventually obviate the need for the surgical castration of male pigs.

Des innovations dans la bioraffinerie en voie sèche !. © Inra, A. Barakat
Innovations in dry biorefining

The 3BCAR Carnot Institute is supporting work on the concept of dry biorefining applied to lignocellulosic biomass.  Two concepts are under study: the development of a fuel in powder form and the use of electrostatic separation applied to the fractionation/enrichment of biomass.

Réacteur_de_production_d'enzymes_de_6_litres©_Procethol_2G (collection de photos Futurol) avec molécule de géraniol. © inra
The 3BCAR Carnot Institute is focusing on electrons to create innovation

The 3BCAR Carnot Institute is supporting the scientific projects of its teams working in the field of bio-electrochemistry by combining its skills in chemistry and biotechnologies in order to develop new processes.  

enior diet and pregnant woman
Report - Of food and men

Alongside dietary guidelines for the general population, some subgroups (the elderly, pregnant women, young children or allergic or intolerant individuals, etc.) have specific nutritional requirements that need to be clarified. Wide-ranging research by laboratories in the Qualiment network managed by INRA and accredited as a Carnot Institute is focusing on these specificities so that the food industry can formulate appropriate products.

   1 - The elderly: preventing malnutrition and the consequences of ageing
   2 - The perinatal period: elucidating the long-term effects of pre- and post-natal nutrition
Virtual reality as a tool for sensory analysis
Virtual reality as a tool for sensory analysis

Virtual reality can contribute to achieving a more detailed view of true consumption conditions while controlling environmental parameters. With support from Qualiment, scientists have now made this technology accessible to SMEs; the equipment required is not expensive and product modelling is facilitated. Work on proof of concept is now under way on cakes such as cookies.

Une bactérie propionique aux propriétés anti-inflammatoires
Propionic bacteria that produce an anti-inflammatory protein

Propionic acid bacteria are widely used in the manufacture of cheese, where they play a key role in ripening. They also have proven anti-inflammatory properties as they release anti-inflammatory proteins. When consumed in an appropriate formulation, they can reach the colon alive, where they are metabolically active and can modulate the microbiota and inflammation.

APPI-N: the innovative and participatory design of nitrate fertilisation for wheat
APPI-N: the innovative and participatory design of nitrate fertilisation for wheat

Managing the nitrate fertilisation of winter wheat without yield or residue goals is a new method that responds to current societal demands and enables the both the diagnosis of uses, participatory workshops and modelling.

Observing and characterising plants: a B-to-B event on high-throughput phenotyping

The Plant2Pro Carnot Institute, in collaboration with the Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation competitiveness cluster, organised the first meeting between research scientists and industry on the theme of high-throughput phenotyping to serve the breeding, nutrition and protection of plants. 

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