INRA and the Group Roullier: Partners in Plant and Animal Nutrition
The Groupe Roullier and INRA are two key players in Plant and Animal Nutrition, working together on a variety of topics, all aiming for innovation in sustainable agriculture.
INRA, the National Institute of Agronomic Research is recognized throughout France as the leading institute of agronomic research in Europe and the second largest in agricultural science in the world.
In keeping with the Groupe's demand for excellence, researchers at the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier work closely with INRA engineers on a variety of topics. In the field of Plant Nutrition, it is especially worth noting the partnership concerning the phenotyping greenhouse, unique in the world in the private sector. Numerous other specific subjects with 4 current theses are also the subject of partnerships such as research on the adaptation of plants to their environment, studies on the impact of climate change, the relevance of alterations to the productivity of grassland, the use of imagery applied to the monitoring of plant development. Research on nitrogen and phosphate nutrition, as well as on biotic and abiotic stresses, is also involved.
In the field of Animal Nutrition, the partnership mainly concerns the supply of fresh rumen fluid to the Groupe's R&D researchers for digestibility testing. These tests are possible thanks to the provision of a herd of fistulated cows by the Rennes INRA, on the Méjusseaume farm. A thesis is currently underway on the calcium nutrition of cows, the fruit of the collaboration of several Groupe subsidiaries with the INRA researchers.
Sylvain Pluchon, responsible for the CMI's agronomic tools, spoke at the last Paris Agriculture Fair during the “INRA Meetings” on the following topics: “Innovations by 2025 for plant chains: characterization of plants, selection & uses”, as well as “High-throughput phenotyping to characterize plants”. This intervention highlights the importance of the Groupe's collaboration with INRA.
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.