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N° 110
  April 2019  
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  #ALIMQUAL, Construction of Food Quality 
Michael O'Donohue. © INRA, PREVOSTO Laurence

The agricultural, food, and energy sectors are undergoing a transition towards greater ecological sustainability. This is impacting both supply and demand in the agrifood sector. The agrifood system, from producer to consumer, now faces two major challenges. The first is to develop manufacturing processes and systems that systematically integrate sustainability and embrace climate change challenges. Second, the agrifood system must also meet multiple food quality criteria (healthy, tasty, nutritional etc.). To meet both sustainability and quality criteria, while ensuring transparency and personalisation requires a major overhaul of both the production and processing of foodstuffs.

To deal with these challenges, teams in the #Alimqual (in french) innovation area are developing innovative and multidisciplinary research on food processing technologies.

If you would like to discuss how our research can help your business to meet food processing challenges, please contact us.

Michael O’DONOHUE, Head, Science for Food and Bioproduct Engineering Division.

Catherine RENARD, Deputy Head and Partnership Manager, Director of the Qualiment Carnot Institute.
Alain KONDJOYAN, Research Director, responsible for partnership and innovation.

Results, Innovations, Transfer
Representation of diversified indicators on the Seine-Normandy basin
Cultivation practices in the Seine-Normandy region in a database

ARSEINE is a database that describes the evolution of dominant farming systems over the past 50 years at the scale of the Seine-Normandy hydrographic basin. Coupled with modelling tools, this database is being used to understand the long-term environmental impact of agricultural practices at the scale of a major region. 

Sensory analysis test. © INRA, TSI - Sensostat
3 questions for a start-up: TimeSens and SensoStat

Touch, hearing or taste… analysing sensory perceptions relative to a food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical or other product is the focus for SensoStat, a private research institute that is expert in sensory tests and consumers. This institute often uses TimeSens®, a software program for the acquisition and analysis of data distributed by the start-up TSI and developed by INRA at the Centre for Taste and Feeding Behaviour (CSGA). Arnaud Thomas, Research & Innovation Manager at SensoStat, and Pascal Schlich, research scientist at the CSGA, answered our questions.

Reportage chez Thierry Beauvais, un agriculteur qui a adopté en 2015 l’agriculture de conservation des sols, sans travail du sol et avec des couverts permanents, en relation avec des chercheurs de l’Inra<strong>, </strong>Stéphane Cordeau, UMR Agroécologie, Inra Dijon.<strong><br /></strong>
Pouilly, Nièvre (58), 26 novembre 2018
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A pioneer in soil conservation agriculture: a taste for innovation

Thierry Beauvais is a farmer who in 2015 decided to adopt soil conservation agriculture methods, involving no tillage and with permanent cover crops. This system that has led him to innovate constantly, working with research scientists from INRA.

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.

blé tendre d'hiver bio nouvelle variété. © INRA
Three new soft winter wheat varieties for organic production

Three soft winter wheat varieties resulting from the breeding programme conducted by INRA and Agri-Obtentions have been proposed for registration on List A of the French Official Catalogue after specific experiments conducted under organic conditions: two superior bread-making wheats and, for the first time, an organic biscuit-making variety.

Finishing pigs on straw litter. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Artificial intelligence for the welfare of pigs

Researchers from the Joint Research Unit for the Physiology, Environment and Genetics of Animals and Livestock Systems (PEGASE), in collaboration with the CEA-LETI, have developed an automated detection device for pig behaviour. It is a system based on individual monitoring to help farmers intervene quickly in the event of behaviour which affects the health and welfare of the animals. This work is carried out as part of the European programme PigWatch.

Our partners
Inra-Pole fromager AOP Massif Central
Framework Agreement with the Massif Central AOP Cheese Cluster

In early January 2019, Philippe Mauguin (President of INRA) and Nicolas Cussac (President of the Massif Central AOP Cheese Cluster) signed a new Framework Agreement on their cooperation for the next five years. This agreement aims to increase the conduct of R&D studies linked to AOP cheese-making activities in the Massif Central region.

The Massif Central AOP Cheese Cluster federates eight AOP cheese sectors in the Massif Central region (six cow’s milk cheeses and two goat’s milk cheeses),...

accord cadre Inra-Invivo
Framework agreement with In Vivo

The new agreement between INRA and In Vivo, which runs until February 2023, will organise exchanges, dialogue and cooperation between the two parties, in compliance with their respective statutes and missions.
The two establishments will focus on taking account of different scales (farms, regions, sectors) while envisaging levers that could simultaneously improve the economic, environmental and social performance of farming and food systems.
The collaborations envisaged under this new agreem...

logo. © INRA

Since 1981, The French Ministry of Research has been funding industrial contracts for training through research - CIFRE- with the dual objective of placing PhD students in the professional environment of a scientist and fostering research collaborations between academia and industry.  
The company (or another socioeconomic structure) employs the PhD student who participates in a collaborative project with the partner academic research unit.  
150 CIFRE PhD students at INRA

INRA hosts an avera...

Logo 3BCAR. © INRA
3BCAR: Six new projects to innovate in biosourced chemistry

In 2019, six projects will be funded in-house and managed by members of Carnot 3BCAR. As real springboards for innovation, these projects with considerable industrial potential will provide support for research and offer companies new solutions in the fields of bioenergies and biosourced molecules and materials.

Partnership arrangements
Joint Technology Units (UMT) involving INRA in 2019
Report - Joint Technology Units (UMT) involving INRA in 2019

INRA is involved in 27 Joint Technology Units (UMT) in 2019.
The four UMT accredited at the end of 2018 for a 5-year period (2019-2023) are the subject of detailed articles attached to this UMT 2019 dossier.  

   1 - UMT PACTOLE: valorising oilseeds and grain legumes
   2 - UMT SI-BIO: for organic food and horticultural systems
   3 - UMT DIGIPORC: digital tools for the pig sector
   4 - UMT SC3D: Joint Technology Unit on Sustainable Goat Systems for the Future (Systèmes Caprins Durables De Demain)
Executive Director: Philippe Mauguin
Editorial coordination,Chief Editor: Jean-Michel Chardigny
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