• The 2014 INRA Awards

    Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of State to Higher Education and Research, and François Houllier, President and Director General of INRA opened the 9th INRA Awards Ceremony hosted by Mathieu Vidard at the Showcase in Paris. Along with Frédéric Dardel, President of INRA's Scientific Advisory Board and of the INRA Awards jury, Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs at INRA, and Claude Ronceray, Deputy Director General for Research Support Services at INRA, they presented the awards to the five winners for their commitment and results in various areas of agricultural research.

  • Conservation agriculture: blazing a trail through research

    On the occasion of the First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, organised by INRA's Joint Research Unit for Agroecology in Dijon from 2 to 5 December, this report reviews the issue of tillage.

  • How is nitrogen-fixing symbiosis transmitted in bacteria?

    A new experimental evolution study has shown that rhizobia transmit their symbiotic nitrogen-fixation ability to taxonomically distant bacteria through a horizontal transfer mechanism that is particularly effective. Genes involved in symbiosis are transferred at the same time as genes for evolutionary acceleration, allowing the recipient bacterium to rapidly develop symbiotic properties. Interview with Catherine Masson-Boivin.

  • Insect Species

    INRA is working to build a database of molecular and morphological data to identify crop pests - insects, disease - at international level. Interview with Jean-Claude Streito, agronomist and entomologist at the Centre for Biology and Management of Populations, INRA Montpellier.

  • A new method for in vivo study of the virus that causes bronchiolitis

    INRA research scientists, working in collaboration with Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP) and the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, have developed a new method to study the virus that is mainly responsible for causing bronchiolitis in young children and calves.  The in vivo and real-time visualisation of its replication in the mouse is now possible. At present, no treatment or vaccine enable the control of this infection in humans.  This technological advance, published on 3 October 2014 in Nature Communications, will facilitate the tests used to determine vaccine efficacy and develop antiviral therapies.

  • Jean Tirole, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics, meets INRA's President

    Jean Tirole, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics and President of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation–Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), and Bruno Sire, President of Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, met with François Houllier, President of INRA on 15 October in the context of a meeting devoted to the Foundation, an innovative institutional structure of which INRA was one of the founder members.

  • Plants also feel, move and communicate!

    In their own way, plants are capable of feeling and communicating.  Research is becoming increasingly interested in these areas and is evidencing original mechanisms that underlie the social existence of the plant world.

24 Nov 2014
LEPSE, Phenodyn platform. © INRA

Plants’ internal clocks remember water stress!

Plants optimize their growth by “remembering” water stress and adjusting root water uptake accordingly. These are the groundbreaking findings of researchers at INRA and the Catholic University of Louvain, thanks to a system of precise measurements of growth in a large number of plants in natural conditions.

04 Nov 2014
Francois Hollande and the presidential delegation as they get off the plane at Calgary airport (Canada) on Sunday 2 November © Elysée

François Houllier with François Hollande in Canada

François Houiller, President of INRA and AllEnvi (National Research Alliance for the Environment) was part of the official delegation for the French President's State Visit to Canada on 2-4 November.

26 Sep 2014
Cell mitosis. © CNRS, Bernard Ducommun

Real time in vitro evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of contaminants

The Genotrace project aims at delivering an innovative test to improve the safety of chemical products, drugs, human and animal food and the environment.

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