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N° 102
  May 2018  
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  Entrepreneurship at INRA 

INRA is setting up events to raise awareness to opportunities for company creation, called “Flash Parcours Entrepreneuriat” (the path towards entrepreneurship), which will target research scientists, engineers and PhD students.

Focusing on reports from scientists already involved in company creation, these events will also describe the career paths and motivations of start-up creators.

“Flash Parcours Entrepreneuriat" will also enable scientists, engineers and PhD students to understand the special arrangements that are in place to support entrepreneurship (pursuit of simultaneous activities, scientific support, availability, etc.).  And for those who already have a project for company creation, a day-long coaching session can be offered.

One very important point is that these events are being organised in collaboration with regional innovation services and nearby higher education and research institutions (incubators, SATT, investment funds, etc.; advanced schools, universities and other research agencies).  

See la route de l’entrepreneuriat

Réjane le Tinevez,
Executive Director, INRA Transfert

Results, Innovations, Transfer
Terre en jeu : jeu de rôle sur le foncier agricole
“Terre en jeu": a training game to support territorial dynamics affecting agricultural land

To facilitate an understanding of the results of its research on the preservation of peri-urban agricultural land, carried out in the context of the ANR JASMINN project, Camille Clément (a postdoctoral scientist in Joint Research Unit for Innovation, based at the INRA Centre in Montpellier) has designed a game that also incites reflection on the issue of access to agricultural land. In this article, she explains the origins of this role play, how to play it and what it can contribute to both players and to research.

Wastewater purification plant. © INRA, BERTIN Jean
The purification of domestic wastewater: the LBE is innovating

Scientists from the LBE and their American colleagues have just made a major discovery regarding the treatment of domestic wastewater, which has been published in Scientific Reports and Environmental Science & Technology.  They have demonstrated the role of granules enriched in cyanobacteria that can treat the pollution found in wastewater.

Etude des salmonidés près de Pont-Scorff en Bretagne. Un jeune saumon.. © INRA, INRA
Monitoring young Atlantic salmon: a unique collection of 24 years of data

For 24 years, a specific and standardised electric fishing protocol has been used to monitor young Atlantic salmon in three French rivers (the Oir, Scorff and Nivelle). The information thus gathered has been published in the Biodiversity Data Journal by the AFB-Inra Gest’Aqua research and development cluster based in Rennes as its first data paper. This unique scientific dataset offers a valuable source of information for both research scientists and professionals responsible for managing this declining species. 

Biodiversity of leavens for high-quality breads

The diversity of baking practices, the biodiversity associated with the bakery sector (terroir, soft wheat varieties, the micro-organisms in leavens) and impacts on the nutritional and sensory quality of bread are all aspects that were studied by the Bakery participatory research project. You can find out about it in the images shown here.

Pierre Monsan, Director TWB & Martin Spitznagel, CEO Dust BioSolutions. © INRA
“Hey, Start-me up!”: a look back at the highlights of the event dedicated to biotech start-ups

On Tuesday 13 February, 130 professionals from 11 countries met in Toulouse for the international “Hey, Start-me up!” event, organised by TWB. The exclusive industrial biotechnology sector event was the opportunity to bring together start-up firms, companies and investors. The aim was to present the European biotechnology ecosystem, host organisations and start-up funding sources and exchange views on the life-cycle stages of start-up companies. The sector is flourishing as it helps companies to produce better and sustainably.
Here’s a look back at the day.

Technology platforms
plateforme collaborative d’expérimentations en agro-écologie © INRA
CA-SYS: a collaborative platform for experimentation in agroecology

Through the CA-SYS platform (Co-designed Agroecological System Experiment), INRA and its partners are designing experiments on innovative and sustainable agroecological systems. This arable infrastructure is using new experimental methods by combining varietal breeding, a minimisation of inputs, the exploitation of biological interactions and the organisation of agricultural space.

Curious cows. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
An integrated infrastructure in the European cattle sector is born!

INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, won the call for the European project INFRA-IA, for its proposal of integrating research infrastructures (RIs) for increased research capability and innovation in the European cattle sector: SmartCow. The kick off meeting of this infrastructure will take place in Clermont-Ferrand, from February 19 to 21 2018.

ICOS greenhouse gas measurement station © Andra
The ICOS carbon observation network is supplying high-precision data to serve research on climate change

With the certification of its first greenhouse gas measurement stations, ICOS, the Integrated Carbon Observation System, is now generating series of normalised data. These ICOS data are being used to better characterise and quantify carbon emissions and sinks at a European level, information that is essential if we are to predict and mitigate climate change. Under the supervision of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the ICOS France consortium comprises ANDRA, CEA, CNRS, INRA and Université Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines; it is currently being coordinated by INRA.

Partnership arrangements
Poule, race Orpington fauve lisière noire.. © INRA, WEBER Jean
The “Microbiota in Poultry” network

The role of the "Microbiota in Poultry "network, which was set up in 2016, is to foster the emergence of focused projects to demonstrate the effects of genetics and livestock management methods on the microbiota in order to identify levers for global improvements throughout the sector.

Collaboration Proposals
Prévention ou traitement d’une infection intestinale par Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron
Prevention or treatment of intestinal infections with Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron

Infectious pathologies in neonates and infants are a major problem in both human and animal health. The greater sensitivity to infections in these populations is closely linked to the immaturity of their immune systems.

Méthode de sélection de souches bactériennes surproduisant des exopolysaccharides
A method for the selection of bacterial strains overproducing exopolysaccharides

A method for the selection of bacterial strains overproducing exopolysaccharides (EPS), carbohydrate polymers that are secreted into the environment.

procédé de séchage de bactéries probiotiques
A process of drying probiotic bacteria

A spray drying process has been developed to obtain a strain of bacteria (probiotic leavens).

New device for evaluating sensitivity to flavors. © INRA
T@sty™: a new device to assess taste sensitivity

Device for evaluating the orosensory perception by a subject; T@sty is a trademark and a patented technology.

Our partners
Station d’épuration d’Aureilhan (40) © Dominique Courault
The SmartFertiReuse Project - Smart ferti-irrigation and the Reuse of Treated Wastewater

The SmartFertiReuse project aims to develop an innovative service for farmers and local government bodies regarding the agroecological management of treated wastewater.

Réseau de gluten. Blé dur.. © INRA, GALLANT Daniel
GlutN: understanding gluten sensitivity to offer suitable wheat-based products

Coordinated by INRA, the GlutN Project aims to explore the mechanisms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), assess its prevalence and identify clinical markers with the goal of developing suitable bread products. The GlutN Project was launched on 30 January 2018 in Paris.

Just publied
Cover of the book
Poultry Quality Evaluation

Poultry Quality Evaluation: Quality Attributes and Consumer Values provides a new reference source that covers these aspects with the same scientific authority as texts on traditional poultry meat quality values.

eBook Advances in Physicochemical Properties of Biopolymers
eBook Advances in Physicochemical Properties of Biopolymers

The most recent state-of-the-art on physicochemical properties of biopolymers and their related end-uses applications. A ebook edited by Martin Alberto Masuelli (University of San Luis, Argentina) and Denis Renard (Inra, France).

23-25 May 2018
Wood formation and tree adaptation to climate
Orléans (France)
28-31 May 2018
Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity
Belfast (Northern Ireland)
31 May - 01 Jun 2018
International Conference "Public Policies in the Context of Global Changes"
14 Jun 2018
#5 / The Future Of Waste
25-27 Jun 2018
20th Nitrogen Workshop
Rennes (France)
16-20 Jul 2018
XII International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics
Bordeaux (France)
09-14 Jul 2018
ESOF 2018
Toulouse (France)

Executive Director: Philippe Mauguin
Editorial coordination,Chief Editor: Odile Whitechurch
Editorial Staff: Anne Frinault, Patricia Le Crenn, Jacques Le Rouzic, Anne Perraut
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