• INRA’s Annual Report for 2013

    In its new format with three thematic sections, the Annual Report for 2013 - which was presented at the end of June to INRA's Board of Directors - reflects the diversity of the Institute's activities and the commitment of its staff.

  • INRA is recruiting 49 experienced researchers in 2014

    Being an INRA researcher means participating in high-quality research that serves the interests of society. It also means advancing our state of knowledge and contributing to the development of innovative solutions that will allow us to produce food sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve the quality of the foods we eat. INRA uses open competitions to recruit experienced researchers who are proficient at designing and conducting research projects. Applications can be submitted from June 30 to September 1, 2014.

  • A revolutionary approach to studying the intestinal microbiota

    An international research team within the MetaHIT consortium coordinated by INRA and involving teams from CEA, CNRS and Université d’Evry, has developed a new method to analyse the global genome, or the metagenome of the intestinal microbiota1. This method markedly simplifies microbiome analysis and renders it more powerful.  The scientists have thus been able to sequence and assemble the complete genome of 238 intestinal bacteria, 75% of which were previously unknown.  This work is being published on the 6th of July 2014 in Nature Biotechnology.

  • INRA is recruiting a research director in the field of Food and Bioproduct Engineering

    INRA is recruiting a Senior Research Director (DR1) in the field of Food and Bioproduct Engineering. This permanent position is filled through an open competition. Applications are open from 30 June to 1st September 2014.

  • Yes, you can make your children eat vegetables!

    As part of the European project HabEat (2010-2014), coordinated by INRA and involving 10 scientific partners, researchers have made a step forward in the understanding of how eating behaviours and preferences form in early life. On March 31st and April 1st in Dijon (France), a symposium presents the results and recommendations for early childhood professionals and parents.

  • A first in Europe: birth of four foals from genotyped, cryopreserved embryos

    IFCE and INRA announced that, for the first time ever in Europe, four foals were successfully born as the result of the transfer of genotyped and cryopreserved embryos. The goal of this work is to better understand embryonic development, control livestock reproduction, and maintain breed genetic diversity. Furthermore, it is advantageous for the horse industry to be able to determine the traits of a future foal.

  • Livestock epigenetics: laying the foundation for future benefits

    Each living organism contains both a genome AND an epigenome. But what is the epigenome? This report will help answer this question and discuss recent discoveries by INRA scientists related to the topic of livestock epigenetics.

04 Jul 2014
Tychius aureolus, a weevil that consumes alfalfa seeds. © INRA, CARRE Serge

Legumes produce insecticidal toxins

It was already known that an albumin found in pea seeds had specific insecticidal properties. However, proteins from the same family recently identified in Medicago truncatula may be much more potent entomotoxins and represent a promising avenue of research for designing new biopesticides.

03 Jul 2014
Football stadium grass. © INRA, Didier Combes

Perfecting football stadium grass using agronomic research on meadows

A team from INRA-Lusignan specialised in sown meadows, working together with Terenvi, has developed techniques and tools to extend the life of football stadium pitches. Their scientific expertise is an asset for Quanta Green, an early-stage company which won the ‘Coup de Cœur’ award at Créa’Vienne, a competition organised by the Vienne region’s Centre for Business and Innovation (Centre des entreprises et de l’innovation) on 12 June 2014.

11 Jul 2014
Abeille domestique butinant une fleur de colza.. © @INRA, RENARD Michel

Taking account of the environment of bees to better evaluate insecticide-related risks

A study coordinated by INRA and involving ACTA, CNRS and ITSAP-Institut de l'Abeille, has shown that the level of sensitivity of bees to the adverse effects of pesticides varies as a function of environmental conditions.

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