• Innovative methods and tools to characterise and monitor energy resources in French forests

    Between 2010 and 2014, the six partners in the FORESEE research project worked to estimate forest resources and how they could be exploited, from the scale of the plot to that of the forest.  New decision support tools were developed for the projected and operational management of energy wood resources. 

  • eMouveRecherche, an Android application to monitor daily physical activity

    Scientists in the Joint Research Unit for Human Nutrition and their partners have developed an Android application which, on an everyday basis, can estimate the energy expenditure and time spent in four levels of activity: immobile (motionless), light-, moderate- and vigorous- intensity.

  • BioEnTech: the optimisation of methanisation processes.

    BioEnTech is a company that develops and markets software solutions for the online monitoring of methanisation plants, thanks to technologies developed by the Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology (LBE).

  • Feed-a-Gene: a new European project to adapt feeds, animals and feeding techniques to improve the efficiency and sustainability of pig, poultry and rabbit production systems.

    The European Feed-a-Gene project, coordinated by INRA, aims to reduce the environmental impact of monogastric livestock production (pigs, poultry, rabbits) by improving and diversifying their diets and feed technologies and by integrating new selection criteria for these animals. The project involves 23 partners for a five-year period.

  • Cell responses of Yarrowia lipolytica yeast to dehydration

    Study of the behaviour of Yarrowia lipolytica yeast under dehydration has shown that air drying affects its cultivability, enzymatic activity, and membrane and cell wall integrity, and causes oxidation of its nucleic acids, while freezing causes less damage.

  • Biosourced UV-absorbent surface coatings with adjustable properties

    INRA scientists have succeeded in designing UV-absorbent films using an organic matrix made up of lignin and nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC). They have shown that it is possible to adjust their thickness, control their transparency and vary their absorption capacity within the UV spectrum.

  • The impact of emotions on decision-making… what if pupillometry could provide a clearer vision?

    A CIFRE thesis project at the CSGA, carried out in partnership with Pernod Ricard, has explored the potential offered by measuring pupil diameter in order to quantify the emotions experienced during tasting sessions.  In the longer term, evaluating the impact of emotions on decision-making may also offer industry a clearer understanding of consumer behaviour.

  • The co-design of agroecological market gardening systems that exploit mycorrhizae

    Agroecological transition is a favoured pathway for the modernisation of agriculture with a view to designing sustainable agrosystems as it requires less use of synthetic inputs.  To achieve this, research scientists in Martinique (INRA, University), based their work on an ecological process : mycorrhization applied to market gardening.

  • Genetic markers for meat quality in beef cattle: increasingly accurate localisations

    In the context of a joint research programme involving actors from the cattle industry and INRA research scientists, new genomic analysis tools have enabled precise localisation of the chromosomal regions underpinning meat quality criteria in three cattle breeds.  A first step towards the identification of selective breeding stock.  

23 Apr 2015
local market. © INRA

"Ici.C.Local", an organisational and social innovation for sustainable food systems

This work has revealed the mechanisms underlying social innovation and has studied how and under which conditions short distribution channels can favour more sustainable food systems.

01 Apr 2015
Thermal imaging of poultry. © INRA, Anne Collin

Improving the resistance of broiler chickens to high temperatures

Cyclic thermal treatments applied to eggs endow broiler chickens with greater resistance to thermal stress

01 Apr 2015
Sustainable logistics : new challenge for the Burgundy wine industry. © INRA, Christophe Maitre

Sustainable logistics: a new challenge for the Burgundy wine-growing sector

Sustainable logistics is becoming a major challenge for the Burgundy wine-growing sector where half of production is exported.

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