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N° 97
  November 2017  
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  INRA supports 13 “pre-maturation” projects from its own funds 

In the context of deploying its partnership and innovation policies, INRA supports the development of projects with innovation potential.
In 2017, and based on the submission by scientists of exploitable inventions and results, 37 projects with potential for a technological, environmental, medical or societal impact were chosen by INRA for inclusion in a selection process that included external expert review. Thirteen projects have since been chosen to receive financial support from INRA (€600,000 allocated in 2017).
These projects cover a wide variety of sectors that correspond to the wealth of INRA’s research fields and demands from society. The prospects for transfer are also highly diversified: direct transfer to actors in the field seeking industrial partners, or the creation of innovative companies.

For a review of the 13 projects retained, click here.

Do not hesitate to contact Réjane Le Tinevez  if you would like further information

Bertrand Schwartz, Deputy Director, Partnership, Transfer Innovation Directorate –DPTI
Réjane Le Tinevez, Manager of the Valorisation and Project Engineering Unit, DPTI

Research, Innovation, Transfer
NextGenPack : Next generation of advanced active and intelligent biobased packaging for food. © INRA, INRA
NextGenPack: towards sustainable and functionalised food packaging

NextGenPack is an alliance between INRA and the German technical centre Fraunhofer IVV. It offers companies who wish to develop active and/or intelligent sustainable packaging systems its combined scientific and technical skills ranging from the basic concept to manufacture at a semi-industrial scale.

Swine maternity of the GENESI unit on the Domaine du Magneraud Center Poitou-Charentes. © INRA, BAILLY Jean
Prebiotic fibres, an unquestionable benefit to piglet health

The consumption of short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS) by sows during gestation and lactation has a sustained and beneficial impact on the health of offspring. scFOS stimulate the development of immune functions and defences of their gut and enhance their response to a bacterial challenge.

L'Inra reveals the potential impact of straw height on the accumulation of cadmium in grain in durum wheat. © Inra, Jean Yves Cornu
Long-straw durum wheat to reduce cadmium levels in grain?

Cadmium is a metallic element, traces of which are found in agricultural soils. Its accumulation in cultivated plants is the subject of increasing monitoring. Collaborative efforts by INRA and Arvalis have revealed the potential impact of straw length on the accumulation of cadmium in durum wheat grain.

Plot of wheat in the Yvelines (greater Paris region). © INRA, WEBER Jean
Win-win strategies for climate and food security

Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and forestry sectors could lead to increased food prices—but new research identifies strategies that could help mitigate climate change while avoiding steep hikes in food prices.

Climate policies that target agriculture and forests could lead to increased food prices, but reducing deforestation and increasing soil carbon sequestration in agriculture could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while avoiding risk to food security, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.  

Person working with an isolation chamber for the study of intestinal microbiota in a confined and controlled environment. © Bertrand NICOLAS, INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
Human intestinal microbiota: progress towards a standardised protocol for the processing of stool samples

Obtaining extensive knowledge about human intestinal microbiota and assessing its impact on health requires a standardisation of the metagenomic* methods used. As part of a vast international project, researchers from INRA and the CEA1 have revealed the major impact of DNA extraction on the evaluation of the microbial composition of human stool samples. They propose an optimised protocol as part of a series of standardised procedures for processing samples, from their collection to the bioinformatic analysis of the data. Highly efficient, transferable and automatable, this protocol will contribute to the production of quality data which permits robust comparisons to be made. Their results are published in the 02 October 2017 edition of Nature Biotechnology.

Scanning electron microscope image of a sample of human faeces, showing the abundance and diversity of the bacterial population.. © Thierry MEYLHEUC - Inra, MEYLHEUC Thierry
Antibiotics affect the efficacy of immunotherapy

A study published in the journal Science by a research team from Gustave Roussy, INSERM, INRA, AP-HP, IHU Méditerranée Infections* and Paris-Sud University shows that prescribed antibiotics impair the efficacy of immunotherapy in cancer patients. It is important to consider that more than 20% of patients living with cancer receive antibiotics. The authors explored patients’ gut microbiota composition by metagenomic analysis and demonstrated that the bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila was associated with a better clinical response to anti-PD-1 antibody immunotherapy. Moreover, oral administration of this bacterium to mice with an unfavorable microbiota restored the anti-tumor activity of the immunotherapy. This paper is published online by the journal Science on Thursday, 2 November 2017.

Spodoptera frugiperda caterpillar © Marie FRAYSSINET
Scientists decode the genome of Fall Armyworm: a moth pest that is invading Africa

As part of an international consortium, INRA researchers, in partnership with the CEA and INRIA1, have sequenced one of the first genomes of a moth from the superfamily Noctuoidea: Spodoptera frugiperda, or armyworm. This crop pest – until now only known on the American continent – has become invasive in Africa since 2016. Published in Scientific Reports on 25 September 2017, this study opens up perspectives for new methods of biological control and a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in the appearance of pesticide resistance.

Technology platforms
The cheese hall of Aurillac of the Mixed Cheese Research Unit is a rather unique place because of its technological equipment that allows the pilot scale implementation of most cheese technologies. © Inra, Christophe CHASSARD
The Aurillac cheese facility, an experimental unit that is unique in Europe

With its technological systems adapted to all types of cheese production and benefiting from level 2 containment, the Aurillac cheese facility can offer a broad range of equipment and services for industry, such as challenge tests in model cheeses to evaluate the efficiency of bioprotection ferments or the development of new cheese products.

Just published
Cover of the book
Poultry Quality Evaluation

Poultry Quality Evaluation: Quality Attributes and Consumer Values provides a new reference source that covers these aspects with the same scientific authority as texts on traditional poultry meat quality values.

13-15 Nov 2017 - European Conference on Xylella fastidiosa
Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
20 Nov 2017 - The 12th INRA Awards ceremony
21-24 Nov 2017 - EcotoxicoMic 2017 - First International Conference on Microbial Ecotoxicology
Lyon (France)
29 Nov - 01 Dec 2017 - Biopolymers 2017 - Key Ingredients for the Food Transition
Nantes (France)
Executive Director: Philippe Mauguin
Chief Editor: Odile Whitechurch
Editorial Staff: Anne Frinault, Patricia Le Crenn, Jacques Le Rouzic, Anne Perraut
Publishing secretary: Nadine Brault
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