• 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.

  • 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.

  • Progress made in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy

    Researchers have been able to improve muscle strength in dogs suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an achievement that opens the door to possible treatments for people with this rare genetic disease.

  • How synthetic biology could benefit from the social sciences

    Create life? To what end? Is such a goal possible or even desirable? This report details studies being carried out by INRA social scientists that deal with synthetic biology; their research is raising important questions.

  • Scrapie could breach the species barrier

    INRA scientists have shown for the first time that the pathogens responsible for scrapie in small ruminants (prions) have the potential to convert the human prion protein from a healthy state to a pathological state. In mice models reproducing the human species barrier, this prion induces a disease similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. These primary results published in Nature Communications on 16 December 2014, stress the necessity to reassess the transmission of this disease to humans.   

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

20 Nov 2014
Leaves and grape clusters of Vitis silvestris. © INRA, DUMAS Vincent

Florendovirus: new genus of virus in plant genomes

Within the framework of a broader international effort, researchers at INRA Versailles-Grignon and Cirad have described a new genus of the Caulimoviridae family of viruses, called Florendovirus, whose members have colonised the genomes of a wide range of flowering plants throughout the course of evolution.

19 Nov 2014
Image of a mouse hippocampus with an omega-3 deficiency. Yellow: astrocytes; blue: neurons; red: microglial cells. © INRA, NutriNeuro

Why does the brain need omega-3?

Omega-3 and omega-6: what effect do polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have on the brain?  New ways of understanding the protective effects fatty acids have against neuropsychiatric disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

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