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N° 95
  September 2017  
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  The bioeconomy is central to the challenges of sustainable development 
Deputy Scientific Director for the Bioeconomy. © INRA

In January 2017, France launched its strategy for development of the bioeconomy, and thus became one of the last European countries to declare its policies in this area. So as to rapidly translate this national strategy into an action plan, a Bioeconomy Strategy Committee was set up.  Research is now being asked to answer questions regarding the transition from policies that address parallel sectors to a more systemic and encompassing vision.
At the same time, at a European level, the Directorate General for Research and Innovation is revising the bioeconomy sections of its H2020 programme.

Both France and the European Commission are therefore awaiting proposals so that they can respectively launch an action plan on the bioeconomy and establish outlines for the future programming of European research.

  • What are the research priorities for the next ten years?
  • Which tools will be necessary for the development of R&D?
  • Which types of partnership will enable optimum development of the bioeconomy and which new stakeholders should be involved?

Paul Colonna
Deputy Scientific Director for the Bioeconomy

Technology opportunity
Spodoptera littoralis is a polyphagous pest widely present in Africa and southern Europe © INRA
An olfactory receptor to determine agents for the control of Spodoptera littoralis

Spodoptera littoralis is a polyphagous pest widely present in Africa and southern Europe. It causes extensive damage to cotton crops, but also attacks numerous other cultivated plants.

Research, Innovation, Transfer
portefeuille brevets de l’institut Carnot 3BCAR © 3BCAR
3BCAR: a map of patents available to companies working in the bioeconomy

The 3BCAR Carnot Institute is mapping all patents involving its components in order to facilitate access for companies to technology transfer in the field of the bioeconomy

Some members of BioEnTech, from left to right: J. Miroux, J. Budin, R. Samso and C. Charnier. © INRA, BioEnTech
Biogas: further success for the start-up BioEnTech

Set up in 2013 using skills developed within INRA and INRIA, the start-up firm BioEnTech can offer supervisory software solutions and support and monitoring services for biogas plants. In 2017, just four years after its creation, it is giving a big boost to its growth…

Lambs born after treatment with C6 replacing the original figure. © Inra, M Beltramo
Towards an alternative to hormone treatments to control reproduction in small ruminants

Scientists from INRA and CNRS have created a pseudopeptide that could replace hormones of animal origin (eCG) in livestock reproduction management. This pseudopeptide is a stable analogue of kisspeptin and when administered via an intramuscular injection, triggers fertile ovulation in ewes. A finding with considerable potential for the management of livestock breeding!

Pea aphids Acyrthosiphon pisum (green body) on faba bean (Vicia faba). Founder with young larval stages. The eyes (points in dark red) of the embryos from the parthenogenetic reproduction are visible by transparency in the abdomen of the female.. © Inra, Federica Calevro
A promising gene to control the reproductive potential of aphids

In the context of reducing pesticide use, the management of crop pest insects necessitates unceasing efforts to develop innovative control strategies. In the pea aphid, RNA interference technology (RNAi) has enabled inactivation of the PAH (PhenylAlanine Hydroxylase) gene which is essential for embryonic development of the insect.

Miscanthus en culture et détail de la morphologie de la plante : feuille.. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Towards an interesting biosourced binder for high-performance materials

INRA scientists and their colleagues have explored the mechanisms involved in the formation of covalent bonds between glucose derivatives and waste from the paper industry, or lignosulfonates, during heating in the presence of nitrogen oxide catalysts. These reactions caused the formation of a non-pollutant binder for the manufacture of high-performance materials.

Sunflowers - SUNRISE project with INRA Toulouse
Sunflower genome reveals symphony of genes involved in oil production and flowering

Less than one year after the decoding of the sunflower genome, in-depth analyses of said genome have revealed the hundreds of genes that work together to regulate flowering, and those that are involved in the production of oil. Carried out by INRA scientists1 within the framework of the SUNRISE project in the French Investments for the Future Programme and in collaboration with the International sunflower genome consortium2, the studies were published online in the May 22, 2017 issue of Nature. These initial findings will help in designing the enhanced sunflower varieties of tomorrow, which will be better adapted to the inevitable changes in agriculture as it faces new environmental challenges, and in particular climate change.

Just published
Animal consciousness: a collective scientific expert report. © Fotolia
Animal Consciousness: new knowledge

Do animals experience emotions? Have a life story? INRA, upon request of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has conducted a new multidisciplinary scientific assessment aiming to produce a critical updated review of literature on animal consciousness. The results were presented to the representatives of member countries of the European Animal Welfare Network and EFSA on 11 May 2017 in Parma (Italy).

12-15 Sep 2017 - Plant epigenetics: from mechanisms to ecological relevance
Vienna (Austria)
29-30 Sep 2017 - International Plant Spectroscopy Conference
Umea (Sweden)
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