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N° 98
  December 2017  
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  INRA Transfert, INRA’s subsidiary to serve technology transfer projects  

Set up in 2001 as a public limited company (SA) and transformed in 2015 into simplified joint stock company (SAS) and INRA’s exclusive property, INRA Transfert is contracted to assure three main types of mission entrusted to it by INRA’s management:

❶ the valorisation of research findings, from the optimisation of intellectual property to providing support for the creation of companies arising from these findings;❷ the engineering of projects, notably European and French, and ❸ the production and sale of products and services resulting from INRA’s know-how.
2016 was a remarkably successful year in all these areas: it saw the signature of 34 new licences, increased participation in the creation of young innovative companies (such as TimeSens in the field of sensory analysis or a stake taken in MAAT Pharma), the accreditation of four Carnot Institutes managed by INRA (3BCar, France Futur Elevage, Plant2Pro and Qualiment), the funding of eight coordinated European projects, confirmation of the AllEnvi CVT consortium and finally a broadening of the scope and activities of the ITE Business Unit to genomic and transcriptomic analysis through its new entity, GeT-IT.

Read the 2016 Activity Report

Executive Director INRA Transfert

Tel.: +331 42 75 93 02 /+336 78 79 58 56

Research, Innovation, Transfer
Paysage du Périgord, le long de la Dordogne.. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Reinventing diagnostic tools to better protect water resources

The Guide to the Territorial Diagnosis of Agricultural Pressures and Emissions – DTPEA – is a new tool that has been jointly constructed with different actors. It takes account of the diversity of catchment recharge areas, favours coordination between actors and proposes an evolving diagnostic approach which can contribute to improving the protection of these recharge areas.

Diaporthe angelicae:the agent that causes umbel browning in carrot has been revealed
Diaporthe angelicae: the agent that causes umbel browning in carrot has been revealed

Since 2007, umbel browning has appeared in France on carrot seed crops, thus impacting their seed yield.  FNAMS (French Seed Growers Association), GEVES, the companies HM-Clause and Vilmorin and INRA scientists have been working in partnership to identify and characterise the causal agent of this disease: the fungus Diaporthe angelicae.

Agroécologie en grandes cultures,  il convient de re-concevoir le système
Agroecology and arable crops: the system needs to be redesigned!

Maintaining the yields of cereal and oilseed crops through the inclusion of grain legumes in rotations can enable a reduction in N fertiliser inputs. However, it is necessary to adapt the crop rotation in order to sustain economic margins and mitigate losses of soil organic matter.

Characterising the structure of a muscle at different scales using imaging techniques can improve the control of finished product quality.
Understanding the impact of industrial processes on the evolution of animal products: the example of smoked salmon

Scientists in the QuaPA Unit based near Clermont-Ferrand have developed a globalised approach at different study scales (ranging from the muscle to cells and macromolecules) in order to better understand the quality determinants of changes to animal products. This expertise, based on imaging techniques and initially acquired for meat products, can now be applied to aquacultural products such as smoked salmon.

Analyse de la qualité des viandes de volaille en laboratoire, mesure du pH dans un filet de poulet.. © INRA, WEBER Jean
Blood biomarkers for better quality control of meat in chicken

Variations in muscle ultimate pH (pHu) are highly correlated with variations in poultry meat quality. Two chicken lines were divergently selected on breast pHu to understand the biological basis for variations in meat quality. The quantification of blood and muscle metabolites by high-resolution NMR allowed identifying a metabolic set of 7 high-confidence biomarkers potentially useful to predict the quality of poultry meat on live animals.

Grandes Cultures Experimental Farm—INRA Occitanie-Toulouse @INRA. © INRA
Multiservice cover crops: a key pilar of the ecological transition.

The development of new methods and techniques is a central part of efforts to improve the economic performance and environmental friendliness of French agriculture. Of particular interest are strategies for reducing synthetic inputs (i.e., pesticides and fertilisers) and for boosting ecosystem services that will benefit farmers and everyday citizens alike. During the agricultural innovation symposium (CIAg) held October 4–5, 2017 in Toulouse, INRA presented a key tool that can be exploited by farmers: multiservice cover crops.

Partnership arrangements
Bien-être animal, un effet de mode ou une lame de fond irréversible ?
Animal welfare: the latest trend or an irreversible groundswell?

Faced with citizen aspirations, the issue of animal welfare is taking on growing importance in the debate on the future of livestock farming.  Some initiatives have been taken, such as the "Western France, Livestock Region" Territorial Innovation Laboratory (LIT), which at the SPACE International Livestock Fair organised a conference on “Animal welfare, an advantage for livestock farms in western France”.

Technology platforms
Un robot unique pour « scanner » les cultures en plein champ à l’Inra Occitanie-Toulouse !. © INRA
INRA Occitanie-Toulouse develops a one-of-a-kind robot for "scanning” crops in the field

As part of the French Stimulus Initiative project PHENOME, a unique phenotyping robot was developed by INRA's Joint Research Unit for Agrosystems and Territorial Development (AGIR), INRA’s Joint Research Unit for the Mediterranean Environment and Modelling of Agro-hydrosystems (EMMAH), and ARVALIS. A prototype has just arrived at the Grand Cultures Experimental Farm, which is affiliated with INRA Occitanie-Toulouse. The robot will be linked with AgroPhen, a technological platform dedicated to field-based high-throughput phenotyping of major crop species.

Just published
Research & Innovation 2018 Division for Food and Bioproduct Engineering. © INRA, @INRA MD
Research and Innovation 2018 - For Food and Biobased Products

More than 30 research results to be discovered in this 2018 edition! Every year, we propose our scientific and economic partners to discover our more recent results.

Enjoy reading Research & Innovation 2018, For Food & Biobased Products

Game Theory Approach to Managerial Strategies and Value Creation.Abdelhakim Hammoudi and Nabyla Daid. ISTE Ltd and John Wiley & Sons Inc (Eds). 282 pages. Date de publication : 9 janvier 2018.
ISBN-10:1848219733 / ISBN-13:978-1848219731 © ISTE Ltd and John Wiley & Sons Inc (Eds).
Game Theory Approach to Managerial Strategies and Value Creation

Teachings and analysis applied to specific case studies of various sectors of the economy.

Potato crop. © INRA, Brändle Gabriela, Zihlmann Urs, Chervet Andre
Assessing services provided by agricultural ecosystems to improve their management

An innovative study conducted by INRA has assessed, in detail, the ecosystem services provided to farmers and society by the areas used for agricultural production. This new knowledge, presented at a conference held on 24 October 2017, will help improve how these ecosystems are managed and provide ideas for reducing the use of inputs in farming.

05-06 Feb 2018 - International Symposium on Sunflower and Climate Change
Toulouse (France)
11-16 Feb 2018 - Training Course on Agroecological Crop Protection
Volterra (Italy)
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