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.
The CMI and TAI in partnership with the French Atlas of Soil Bacteria
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
CMI’s R&D partners with ISTRO, the International Soil Tillage Organisation
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).