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N° 88
  December 2016  
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  Four Carnot Institutes led by INRA were accredited in 2016 
. © INRA, Odile Whitechurch

The successes of the third and highly competitive call for “Carnot Institute” projects deserve a special issue of INRA's Newsletter for Industry.

In 2011, INRA took the initiative to work in association with several partners in order to propose their combined skills to industry in the context of three integrated, structured and accredited projects, or Carnot Institutes: 3BCAR, on bioenergies, biomolecules and biomaterials from renewable carbon; ICSA, focused on animal health and diet, and Qualiment dealing with human foods and nutrition.

Boosted by the successes recorded in terms of the R&D projects completed with different companies, these three Institutes responded to the “Carnot 3” call for projects in 2015. Their efforts with respect to structuring and working on their new scope in order to respond increasingly efficiently to the questions posed by industry were crowned with success because the three new projects were accredited in July 2016. The fourth project submitted was also accredited: Plant2Pro aims to achieve a systemic and sustainable vision of arable crops and vines.

This special issue, which presents a summary of these devices for the structuring of public research, offers an overview of the three projects that have been renewed; each has chosen to focus on a particular highlight to illustrate their past successes. We also present the main features of most recent member of this community, Plant2Pro.

The editorial to the January 2016 Newsletter described the aims of INRA's new Director of Partnerships, Philippe Lénée, as being to “promote visibility and dialogue with stakeholders and key actors in innovation”.  The important successes we present here demonstrate the partnership policy adopted by INRA, of which the Carnot Institutes form the cornerstone.

Odile Whitechurch
Head of the Watch Service in Partnership Transfer Innovation Directorate (DPTI)

Carnot Institutes
. © INRA
Carnot Institutes: research for industrial partners

Carnot Institutes are original and effective partners for innovation by companies, associating the excellence of research with the professionalisation of relations with industry.

Analyse logicielle de données de Vélocimétrie par Image de Particules (PIV). Mesure des champs de vitesse d'écoulement dans un bioréacteur à membrane par Vélocimétrie par Image de Particules (PIV). Hall de Recherche Génie des Procédés Environnementaux au LISBP. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
The 3BCAR© Carnot Institute: a partner in innovation on non-food uses for biomass

The  3BCAR© Carnot Institute: a multidisciplinary partner to support company innovation and emergence of the bioeconomy, focused on non-food uses for biomass by mobilising two levers – the biotechnologies and green chemistry.

. © TWB, Baptiste Hamousin pour TWB
EnobraQ: A start-up resulting from TWB to capture and exploit man-made CO2

EnobraQ is developing a biological process for the capture of CO2 by yeasts so as to enable the production of chemical compounds. The design of a synthetic yeast that can use CO2 in the same way as plants or micro-algae constitutes an important breakthrough innovation with enormous industrial potential.

France Future Elevage
Bovins en animalerie confinée A3 / BSL3. © INRA, Pierre Sarradin, UE PFIE
France Futur Élevage: a Carnot Institute for multi-performance livestock farming

The new Carnot Institute, France Futur Élevage (i.e. France Livestock Industry for the Future), can offer companies in the livestock sector its skills in R&D that mobilise three essential levers for efficient, sustainable and profitable livestock farming: health, feed and livestock systems, and animal genetics. It includes three technical institutes and thus proposes a broadened range of skills.

Larve infestante de nématode protostrongle, extraite d'un escargot.. © INRA, CABARET Jacques
Tools to identify new antiparasitic drugs for livestock

Preserving the efficacy of antiparasitic treatments and discovering new active compounds is a crucial challenge for human and animal health. With support from the ICSA Carnot Institute (now France Futur Élevage), new perspectives are opening in understanding and developing anthelminthic treatments.

Famille. © Fotolia
Qualiment®: R&D solutions at the service of food innovations

The Qualiment® Carnot Institute can offer companies in the agrifood sector solutions to overcome scientific and technical barriers to innovation with respect to the sensory and nutritional quality of foods, their processes and structure.

diversification alimentaire des tous petits
“PATATE”, a project to improve baby foods

A promising and innovative project funded by the Qualiment® Carnot Institute:“Oral physiology and food texture acceptability in infants: PATATE”

La plateforme de phénotypage de Montpellier permet de tester la sensibilité à la sécheresse de milliers d’individus de génotypes différents (ici du maïs).,. © INRA, OURY Vincent
Plant2Pro: innovations to serve the sustainable competitiveness of plant production

Plant2Pro is the fourth Carnot Institute to be led by INRA and it received its accreditation in June 2016. It aims to ensure the dual economic and environmental performance of plant production through a systemic vision that combines varietal innovations, crop protection, agronomy, cropping systems and digital and precision agriculture.

Collaboration Proposals
Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés. Phase de teste et réglage d’un bioréacteur.. © INRA, MAITRE  Christophe
Dextran saccharase from Leuconostoc citreum NRRL B 1299 strain for the production of controlled molar mass controlled dextran production

A protein with a dextran saccharase activity which can be used in a process to produce dextranes composed of α-1,6 linkages and with a controlled low molar mass.

Poudre de lait. © INRA, Picsfive - Fotolia
A process of drying probiotic bacteria

A bacteria production process (leavens, human and animal probiotics) under dry form thanks to a drying process based on direct atomisation on culture media.

New device for evaluating sensitivity to flavors. © INRA
T@sty™: a new device to assess taste sensitivity

Device for evaluating the orosensory perception by a subject; T@sty is a trademark and a patented technology.

Executive Director: Philippe Mauguin
Editorial coordination: Odile Whitechurch
Chief Editor: Chantal Dorthe
Editorial Staff: Anne Frinault, Patricia Le Crenn, Jacques Le Rouzic, Anne Perraut
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