• 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.

  • Soil ecotoxicology and agroecology: partners in progress

    Ecotoxicology is the study of the effects of toxic chemicals on the environment. It is a rapidly evolving field.

  • Plants also feel, move and communicate!

    In their own way, plants are capable of feeling and communicating.  Research is becoming increasingly interested in these areas and is evidencing original mechanisms that underlie the social existence of the plant world.

  • A new method for in vivo study of the virus that causes bronchiolitis

    INRA research scientists, working in collaboration with Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP) and the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, have developed a new method to study the virus that is mainly responsible for causing bronchiolitis in young children and calves.  The in vivo and real-time visualisation of its replication in the mouse is now possible. At present, no treatment or vaccine enable the control of this infection in humans.  This technological advance, published on 3 October 2014 in Nature Communications, will facilitate the tests used to determine vaccine efficacy and develop antiviral therapies.

  • 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.

04 Nov 2014
Francois Hollande and the presidential delegation as they get off the plane at Calgary airport (Canada) on Sunday 2 November © Elysée

François Houllier with François Hollande in Canada

François Houiller, President of INRA and AllEnvi (National Research Alliance for the Environment) was part of the official delegation for the French President's State Visit to Canada on 2-4 November.

26 Sep 2014
Cell mitosis. © CNRS, Bernard Ducommun

Real time in vitro evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of contaminants

The Genotrace project aims at delivering an innovative test to improve the safety of chemical products, drugs, human and animal food and the environment.

24 Sep 2014
Oak logs. © INRA, Erwan Guichoux / Inra UMR BIOGECO

Using genetic markers to trace oak wood barrels

Researchers at INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine have identified new genetic markers and developed genotyping technology that can identify species and determine if a batch of oak wood matches its stated provenance.

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