Tomato cuticle, a potential source of surfactant molecules
Tomato skin - or cuticle - is a biopolymer that has attracted the interest of INRA research teams. After investigating the polymerisation of this biocomposite, the team focused on the functionalisation of cutin monomers for applications in green chemistry.
A combination of natural ingredients to combat osteoporosis
Although the principal nutritional strategy used to prevent osteoporosis is currently based on calcium and vitamin D supplementation, new options are being explored by research scientists in the Joint Research Unit for Human Nutrition. A patented mixture based on DHA and fisetin has thus demonstrated its efficacy in activating bone formation and inhibiting its resorption.
A new vaccine platform to protect against West Nile Virus
Research scientists in the Molecular Virology and Immunology Unit have developed a recombinant virus that procures partial protection against West Nile Virus in mice. This recombinant virus has proved to be a particularly interesting vector platform for the development of vaccines that can be used in animals and humans.
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.
Researchers from the Joint Research Unit for Forest Dynamics in Rural Environments (DYNAFOR), the National Centre for Forest Owners (CNPF) and the Institute for Forest Development (IDF) have monitored the dynamics of the decline of silver fir in the Pyrenees region, based on satellite images.