• Organic food and produce: what difference does it make?

    Organic farming yields produce with higher concentrations of antioxidants, less cadmium and a lower incidence of pesticide residues: these are the findings of a systematic literature review and meta-analyses that appeared in the July 15 issue of British Journal of Nutrition.

  • Use of fertilizing residual materials in agriculture and forestry

    On 3 July 2014, the conclusions of the Scientific Collective Expert Report on the use of fertilizing residual materials applied to agricultural and forest soils, carried out by INRA, CNRS and IRSTEA and commissioned by the French Ministries for Agriculture and the Environment, were presented and debated during a special meeting.

  • Wine-making wasps

    INRA researchers in Montpellier, and their Italian colleagues, have for the first time demonstrated the essential role played by wasps in maintaining the presence of yeasts in grapes from year to year.  Because these yeasts are essential to wine fermentation, it is clearly important to clearly understand these fauna-flora relationships within the vine ecosystem.  These findings were published in 2012 in the journal PNAS.

  • Floral resources: to each bee his own

    Bees use floral resources differently depending on what bee family they belong to, such as honeybees, wild bees or bumblebees. This new discovery was made by researchers from the Bees and the Environment Unit at the INRA PACA centre, in cooperation with the Itsap Institut de l’abeille. The study was the basis of an article in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment and a note by the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment early this year.

  • 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.

10 Oct 2014
The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and INRA signed a cooperation framework agreement in Beijing on 10 October 2014. Li Jiayang, President of the CAAS and Vice-Minister of Agriculture, and François Houllier, President and Director General of INRA.. © INRA, LI Zheng

A new cooperation agreement with China for agricultural research

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and INRA signed a cooperation framework agreement in Beijing on 10 October 2014.

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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