CMI Roullier : a true scientific partnerships accelerator
“The partnerships we have formed with independent scientific universities allow the Group to seek out innovative solutions for our sales teams and their agricultural customers, but also to carry out technical validation of our commercial solutions, improve our knowledge bases for various areas of operation and strengthen our position as a pioneer in the industry,” explains Nicolas Vermersch, General Manager of the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier.
The Group has exceeded a hundred scientific collaborations across the world, and this number has been growing at an even faster rate since the opening of CMI Roullier. Some thirty new partnerships have been entered into by the Group since the opening of CMI Roullier at the end of 2015, bringing the overall number of international collaborations to over a hundred. Historically the Group has been associated with the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), and has strengthened its partnership in non-destructive plant analysis via the implementation of a phenotyping platform that offers hitherto-paralleled opportunities for the research of plant behaviour in controlled conditions. This dynamic has continued in the first half of 2017, via new partnerships with many universities, particularly with the University of Navarre (Spain) and its expertise with humic acids, and with the Teagasc institute (Ireland), world-renowned for its work in pasture fertilisation.
They allow the Group to move forward in the search for innovative solutions, testing solutions in real-use conditions in the field, or based on the cultivation methods of the individual country in question. Results obtained in this way validate the effectiveness of our products, making them more well-known to universities and agronomic institutes, and this recognition from the academic community goes on to act as a mark of quality and reliability for farmers.
New experiments on dairy cows in Spain3 June 2019
In mid-April, the CMI Roullier Animal Nutrition team met Dr Alex BACH, research professor at the ICREA* and head of the department of ruminant production at the IRTA*, and his team on the experimental Spanish farm Blanca From the Pyrenees
23rd meeting of the ISS International Seaweed Symposium28 May 2019
The 23rd meeting of the International Seaweed Symposium (ISS) was held in South Korea from 28 April - 3 May 2019, on the theme of “Seaweeds: from Tradition to Innovation”.
CMI partner for the « 3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference » in Hungary10 April 2019
From March 24 to 26, the 3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference took place in Budapest, Hungary. International scientific researchers presented their works focusing on the impact of climate change on crop production and proposed solutions to maintain and increase crop productivity in this new context.
The CMI and TAI in partnership with the French Atlas of Soil Bacteria13 February 2019
Soil represents a vital area of research for the agriculture of tomorrow. The billions of bacteria that can be found in one single gram of soil are an important source of growth for plants. It is for this reason that this issue has a specific R&D department within the CMI, where we have taken in two postdoctoral researchers from Professor Lionel Ranjard’s team from the INRA Agroecology Mixed Research Unit.
Biocontrol for phytoparasitic nematodes13 February 2019
Phytoparasitic nematodes are microscopic roundworms found in agricultural soils. They affect root development and cause significant yield losses for crops such as potatoes, sugar beet, carrots and cereals. These pests reduce global agricultural production by about 11%, a loss of several million tonnes of crops each year. For environmental and health reasons, almost all of […]
CMI’s R&D partners with ISTRO, the International Soil Tillage Organisation22 October 2018
The ISTRO organises an international conference every three years to assess progress in terms of research and innovation attracting around 350 participants (researchers, development engineers, technical or agricultural machinery institutes, educators).
Creation of the LMH Innovation division, working for all professions within the Group20 September 2018
LMH is enhancing its organisational structure in order to better meet the growing needs of all the Group’s employees on the topic of microorganisms, and the division will enable optimised and accelerated innovation in this field.
The Roullier Innovation Awards 2018 Ceremony day3 July 2018
On Thursday 28 June, the 2018 Roullier Innovation Awards trophies were presented to the two winners during a wonderful ceremony day.
Interview with Dr. Bernard Dumas, winner of the Innovation Awards first edition in 200123 March 2018
In 2001, the first Innovation Awards event, formerly the Plant Engineering Prize, rewarded 2 research laboratories for their scientific projects. We wanted to have a talk with Dr. Bernard Dumas, head of the winning team from the University of Toulouse.
Interview with Pr. Heitor Cantarella, member of the jury for the Innovation Awards28 February 2018
To end our series of interviews, we met with Pr. Heitor Cantarella, Director of the Soils and Environmental Resources Center at the Agronomic Institute of Campinas, Brazil.