• INRA is recruiting 49 experienced researchers in 2015

    Being an INRA researcher means participating in high-quality research that serves the interests of society. It also means advancing our state of knowledge and contributing to the development of innovative solutions that will allow us to produce food sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve the quality of the foods we eat. INRA uses open competitions to recruit experienced researchers who are proficient at designing and conducting research projects. Applications are open from 2 July to 3rd September 2015.

  • Oak genome decoded

    Research teams at INRA and the CEA have sequenced the genome of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur). It is the first time a Quercus species – a very common one in the northern hemisphere – has been sequenced. This work provides insight into the adaptation mechanisms of trees to changes in their environment and will be helpful in predicting their reactions to climate change. The findings have been published in a presubmission paper in Molecular Ecology Resources (open access) before a final publication in the next few months.

  • Phosphorus: a limited resource essential to agriculture in the 21st century

    Modelling work conducted at planetary scale has demonstrated that, regardless of climate change models used, the availability of phosphorus determines the level of biomass production and, consequently, of carbon storage in ecosystems responding to these changes. Contrary to expectations, the work revealed that phosphorous limitations are less strong in tropical ecosystems than in the rest of the world.  

  • 3rd Fascination of Plants Day

    On 18 May 2015, plants have pride of place the world over. Launched under the auspices of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO, Brussels), presided by a research director from INRA, the Fascination of Plants Day is celebrated in 54 countries, including 28 European countries.

  • Discovery of an anti-inflammatory molecule produced by gut bacteria

    Researchers at INRA, INSERM, AP-HP, and UPMC have just discovered a new protein with anti-inflammatory properties, which has been named MAM (microbial anti-inflammatory molecule). It is secreted by the bacterium Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and helps fight intestinal inflammation. This discovery, recently published in the journal Gut, is a major advance in efforts to develop new means of treating inflammatory bowel disease. Consequently, the results of this research have great potential future applications.

23 Jun 2015
Agneaux en ferme expérimentale. © INRA, Bertrand Nicolas

INRA reports to the legal authorities that it sold an animal bred in the context of a research programme

A ewe lamb born to a genetically-modified mother in the context of a medical research programme was sold to a private individual in the Paris region in October 2014.

25 Jun 2015
Callitris tuberculata. © A. Wesolowski

Callitris tuberculata: the most drought-resistant tree in the world

In a context of climate change and forest fragility, an international consortium of scientists led by INRA have identified the world’s most drought-resistant tree species in the world.

06 May 2015
INRA at the 2015 International Agricultural Show. Attentive visitors on the stand. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand

2015 International Agricultural Show: building synergy

The 2015 International Agricultural Show provided the perfect opportunity for INRA to create a space for science and society to meet on several levels: a dedicated INRA stand to meet and greet the public, the launch of several projects with partners, and exchange via online and social media networks.

  • Biofilm mixte de Lactococcus lactis (coques jaunes) et de Listeria monocytogenes (bâtonnets roses), observé en microscopie électronique à balayage.. © inra, Thierry MEYLHEUC
  • Supermarché. © MAITRE Christophe
  • Ciel d'orage en Eure et Loir.. © @INRA, WEBER Jean
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