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N° 91
  April 2017  
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  The 2016 INRA Awards 
Philippe LENEE - Directeur du Partenariat, du Transfert pour l’Innovation, Inra. © INRA

Each year, INRA attributes Awards that highlight certain individuals or teams who work every day to advance knowledge and innovation.

A list of the 2016 winners is shown below. We felt it was important to present four of them, because their efforts are of particular importance to our partnerships and innovations.

The Cattle Genetics and Genomics team, led by Didier Boichard, received the "Science with an Impact Award". This team has developed an innovative technique for the selection of sires in cattle herds.  This method, which combines genotyping and phenotyping, has gradually been refined and consolidated during its application by breeders, and is now available for use in developing countries.

Raphaël Mercier, winner of the "Scientific Breakthrough Award", was acknowledged for his fundamental work on meiosis in plants that opens the way to numerous applications in plant breeding.  

Daniel Tomé, winner of the "Scientific Excellence Award" is a nutritionist and expert in protein needs and quality of intake. A member of numerous international scientific committees, he is a driving force behind current concerns in the field of personalised nutrition.

Patrick Pastuszka won the "Award for Technological Innovation" for his work on on the maritime pine, his involvement in different research units and his efforts to bridge the gap between industry and research in this sector.

Philippe Lénée
Director of Partnerships, Transfer and Innovation

For more information on the 2016 Award winners…

Results, Innovations and Transfer
Caption: Nanostructure seen from above; in yellow, inserted epitopes.. © INRA
Vaccine nanostructures to fight bronchiolitis

The combination of two respiratory syncytial viral antigens within circular nanostructures has made it possible to obtain immune protection against this virus in a model animal. These results thus confirm the vaccine potential of these particles developed by INRA scientists, which could be used in both humans and animals.

Park with clones (conservatory of trees of interest for the improvement program). © INRA, Laurent Bouffier
Genomic selection, an innovative approach in forest trees

Genomic selection offers the potential to revolutionise the breeding of forest trees. This innovative approach, which aims to reduce the duration of breeding cycles by predicting the genetic value of trees at an early stage, was implemented by INRA in partnership with actors in the Maritime Pine of the Future Scientific Interest Group (GIS).

Test de dégustation de produits alimentaires (compote, gâteau, boisson) par de jeunes enfants consommateurs. Ce test est complété par la rédaction d'une grille d'analyse sensorielle.. © INRA, SLAGMULDER Christain
Paternalism and food choices

Evaluating paternalism consists in comparing, in an individual, decisions they take for themselves and those taken for another person. In terms of diet, many people make choices for themselves that differ from those they make for others.  An observation that invites us to reconsider the impacts of public policies in the field of nutrition.

Some animal and plant products containing carotenoid pigments.. © INRA, PAILLARD Gérard
The search for new super antioxidant carotenoids

Carotenoids are regularly praised for their health benefits. To clarify their beneficial properties, the UMR SQPOV has placed its expertise at the service of industry regarding the characterisation of these compounds, whose antioxidant properties, stability, bioavailability and bioaccessibility have thus been analysed in detail.

Spore de Plasmopara halstedii, oomycète responsable du mildiou du tournesol. © INRA
A major advance in characterising downy mildew resistance genes in sunflower

A team of INRA scientists from Toulouse and Clermont Ferrand has developed a method that can identify the proteins responsible for the virulence of the parasite that causes downy mildew in sunflower. This disease can cause an almost total loss of yield in the event of a severe infestation. These findings have just been published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science. This advance should facilitate the characterisation of genes for the resistance of sunflower to downy mildew.

Partnership arrangement
. © INRA
3BCAR: a partnership arrangement at the heart of the bioeconomy strategy for France.

3BCAR Carnot Institute facilitates the access of companies to research skills in order to support a sustainable bioeconomy emergence, within the context of bioeconomy strategy for France.

Necrosis characteristic of grapevine Esca (or amadou), indicated by decaying wood with an orangy to whitish colour. The functional wood where vessels are situated is partially destroyed.. © INRA, P. Lecomte
Launch of the first Industrial Research Chair in Agronomy focused on the control of grapevine trunk diseases

The purpose of the only Industrial Research Chair in Agronomy in France will focus on finding new ways to understand and control grapevine trunk diseases (GTD). Funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), this Chair reinforces a collaboration initiated in 2015 between the global leader in the cognac sector, Jas Hennessy & Co, and the INRA-Bordeaux Sciences Agro Joint Research Unit for Vine Health and Agroecology. The programme aims to offer an agroecological protection strategy for vineyards that integrates the design of innovative management sequences, biocontrol techniques and genetic improvement. Launched officially at INRA's Bordeaux-Aquitaine Research Centre on 2 December, the "GTD Free" Industrial Chair will consolidate the synergies between research and industrial actors, to the benefit of producers and the sector as a whole.

Collaboration proposals
Green Epoxy: rigid epoxy resins from forest by-products. © Inra UMR 1083 SPO SPIRAL, UMR 1083 SPO SPIRAL
Green Epoxy: towards rigid epoxy resins made from forest by-products

The Green Epoxy project aims to develop ranges of 100% biosourced resins whose minimum performance will be identical to those currently on the market.  Now at its halfway point, the project is entering the pilot phase for the production of rigid epoxy resins of interest to two industrial markets: floor coverings and paints.

Fruit and vegetable vendor at the Ribeira covered market in Lisbon. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
Contributing to improvements in living conditions for citizens: INRA and the CLCV announce their partnership

INRA and the French consumer association CLCV (Consommation, Logement et Cadre de Vie; Consumption, Housing and Living Conditions) have just signed a partnership agreement designed to contribute to improving the living conditions of citizens, notably through the development of more sustainable food supplies.

Just published
Practical Tools for Plant and Food Biosecurity - Results from a European Network of Excellence. Gullino, M.L., Stack, J.P., Fletcher, J., Mumford, J. (Eds.). Springer International Publishing. Published : 13/03/2017. 384 pages.
ISBN 978-3-319-46896-9. eBook ISBN978-3-319-46897-6.. © Springer International Publishing, Springer International Publishing
Practical Tools for Plant and Food Biosecurity

Results from a European Network of Excellence

Handbook of Major Palm Pests: Biology and Management. Editors: Victoria Soroker, Stefano Colazza. John Wiley & Sons Ltd (US). Published Online: 13 January 2017.
Print ISBN: 9781119057451. Online ISBN: 9781119057468

With the contribution of
Didier Rochat, Rachid Hamidi and Brigitte Frérot, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Paris (Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, CNRS, INRA, IRD, Univ. Paris Diderot, Univ. Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne) 
Elizabeth Tabone, Entomology and Mediterranean Forest Experimental Unit. © John Wiley & Sons Ltd (US), John Wiley & Sons Ltd (US)
Handbook of Major Palm Pests: Biology and Management

An essential compendium for anyone working with or studying palm trees.

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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