Innovation at CMI Roullier

From Irish pasture to Brazilian soya, from European dairy cattle to American poultry, the CMI Roullier’s researchers and experts of all nationalities are working on all possible lines of research on a daily basis.  They are developing, in particular, the marine and plant-origin specificities that have constituted the Group’s uniqueness and strength since 1959.

Thus, thanks to the expertise and methods implemented in its experimental greenhouses and laboratories, the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier is becoming a powerful accelerator of growth in the field of Plant Nutrition and Animal Nutrition.

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Plant Nutrition Center

The Plant Nutrition Center brings concrete and effective solutions, which also respect the environment, thanks to the high level of expertise from the soil, to the leaf and the fruit.

An international team of PhDs in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, and Agricultural Engineers work with some 60 universities and institutes around the world on numerous projects around our specific products and on tools which are unique in fertilization. Their work has been the subject of various patents and scientific publications.

Our phenotyping greenhouse is unique in private fertilization and has been designed in collaboration with INRA (National Institute for Agronomic Research), allowing measurement of the growth or physiological state of plants in a non-destructive way. The automated conveying of pots, combined with precision imaging, facilitates the production of a very large amount of data, for even more reliability in the results.

Four Growth chambers allow us to evaluate our products in a multitude of climates. Being able to control the light intensity, the hours of daylight, the temperature and the humidity makes it possible to allow us to reproduce all the agro-climatic situations of the planet.

Animal Nutrition Center

Our PhDs in Animal Nutrition formulation chemistry and engineers work in our laboratories and in the field (Europe, Asia, South America...) on the implementation of new generation active ingredients for ruminantsmonogastrics and aquaculture.

Two artificial rumens allow us to evaluate the impact of our formulations in different areas such as digestibility or ration optimization.

Intestinal immunity of monogastrics, manure recycling and improvements in silage are also subject to special studies. The Animal Nutrition Center works together with various institutes and universities throughout the world (INRAINPIFIP...).

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Physico-chemical analysis laboratory

The essential control point for all our researches and products

This laboratory works on R&D projects in both Plant and Animal Nutrition. As safety requires, it checks, validates and assures the quality of the Groupe Roullier's product. It is involved throughout the manufacturing process, from the analysis of raw materials to the final product, on physical (granulometry, how it crumbles ...) and chemical characteristics (titration of minerals, trace elements ...). To that end, the teams have top of the range equipment at their disposal.

Microbiology Laboratory

Our accreditation: the guarantee of optimal safety and international recognition

Our PhDs in microbiology test the antimicrobial efficiency of disinfectant products used in the veterinary, food, medical, industrial and community sectors. They also monitor the microbiological and sanitary status of different products to check their sterility or to detect the presence of pathogenic or altering germs. The microbiology laboratory works closely with both Plant and Animal Nutrition. Its COFRAC accreditation and its recognition by the French Ministry of Research also enable to be the partner of all private or public organizations looking for an accredited laboratory.

Innovation news

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New monogastric animal (pigs and poultry) collaboration

8 August 2019

In mid-April, the CMI Roullier Animal Nutrition team met with the head of the IRTA* Animal Nutrition, Dr Enric Esteve - along with his team - at the IRTA Mas Bové research centre in Tarragona (Spain) to set up a new monogastric animal collaboration.

New experiments on dairy cows in Spain

3 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 Symposium

28 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 Hungary

10 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 Bacteria

13 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 nematodes

13 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 […]

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CMI’s R&D partners with ISTRO, the International Soil Tillage Organisation

22 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 Group

20 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.

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The Roullier Innovation Awards 2018 Ceremony day

3 July 2018

On Thursday 28 June, the 2018 Roullier Innovation Awards trophies were presented to the two winners during a wonderful ceremony day.

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Interview with Dr. Bernard Dumas, winner of the Innovation Awards first edition in 2001

23 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.

Who is Groupe Roullier?

Since 1959, the Groupe Roullier‘s teams have been meeting the real needs of industry in the sector. A major operator in Animal and Plant Nutrition for 60 years, the Groupe Roullier has always continued to develop its expertise and skillsets. To maintain its leadership in these domains, the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier was created in Saint-Malo, historical hometown of its first production unit, to gather on a single site and with unique means, all skills involved in the innovation process.

To get more information, head to the page dedicated to the innovation at CMI Roullier.

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