• The coolbox: a greenhouse cooling system that uses recycled water

    320m² of greenhouses on the 4700m² estate of Domaine de Saint Maurice in Avignon (PACA), are cooled by spraying water onto thick pads of wood shavings through which air is pumped.  This system, called the coolbox, has been developed by the GAFL in the context of efforts to optimise existing resources.

  • Using Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to assess the sustainability of fish farms

    Fish farming is seeing major growth throughout the world. To enable its long-term development, it must be able to assess and control its environmental impacts.  INRA researchers have shown that the LCA method can be used to measure the local and global impacts of fish farming systems and to propose options for changes in practices.

  • Pl@ntNet: a mobile and collaborative system for the identification of plants from images

    The collection, analysis and synthesis of data on temperate and tropical plants are the objectives of Pl@ntNet, a collaborative tool managed by the CIRAD-CNRS-INRA-IRD-UM2 Joint Research Unit for Botany and Computational Plant Architecture (UMR AMAP) in Montpellier and its partners (INRIA, Tela Botanica), with the support of the Agropolis Foundation.  The Pl@ntNet web tool is now available as a smartphone app. (iphone and Android).

  • Shape: the design of new plant symbionts?

    The ecologically important symbiosis between rhizobia and legumes could constitute a promising pathway towards reducing dependence on nitrate fertilisers.  The ANR Shape project  led by INRA aims to elucidate certain key stages in the adaptive mechanisms underlying symbiosis. 

  • Self-licensing for non-virtuous behaviours after carrying out good deeds

    Researchers in the Joint Research Unit for Theoretical and Applied Economics - Montpellier (LAMETA) have used experimental economics tools to study the moral licensing effect, where individuals grant themselves permission for non-virtuous behaviours after carrying out good deeds.  

  • Towards the deployment of genomic selection for suckler cattle breeds in France

    Used since 2009 in the principal dairy cattle breeds, genomic selection could soon be used for beef cattle.  In the context of the ANR project GEMBAL, research scientists and engineers from INRA, UNCEIA  and IDELE have develop tools to predict the genetic value of suckler cattle.

30 Sep 2014
A combination of natural ingredients to combat osteoporosis. © INRA

A combination of natural ingredients to combat osteoporosis

A patented mixture containing DHA and fisetin can activate bone formation and inhibit its resorption

24 Sep 2014
Visuel Horizon 2020. © Commision Européenne, Commision Européenne

The reasons why firms participate in European research projects

European firms that participate in European research projects seek to acquire new knowledge

02 Oct 2014
Chevaux.. © @INRA, PAILLARD Gérard

A new vaccine platform to protect against West Nile Virus

A recombinant Novirhabdovirus carrying West Nile Virus antigens induces partial protection in mice

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