The Roullier Innovation Awards 2018 Ceremony day
On Thursday 28 June, the 2018 Roullier Innovation Awards trophies were presented to the two winners whose work met the various selection criteria set by the judging panel: quality and scope of scientific production, originality of approach, nature of contribution to CMI Roullier research and training of their researchers, and significance in terms of dissemination of science and technology.
Around sixty projects were submitted by universities or research institutes from nearly 30 countries around the world, including Brazil, USA, France, Italy, Ireland, Morocco, Nigeria, India and Pakistan. Choosing the winners was a difficult task, as all the submissions dealt with the main themes of Groupe Roullier’s work, such as:
- Soil microbiology (one third of projects)
- Reduction of losses and environmental impact via enhancing the uptake of nutrients, including nitrogen,
- Abiotic stress: water, salinity, global warming
The Group’s internal scientific committee made an initial selection of 10 finalists. From these, the jury nominated the two winners:
- ITALY: Dr Laura ZANIN, Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences at the University of Udine, for her work on improved effectiveness of nitrogen for better assimilation by the plant, and a reduction in losses to the environment.
- AUSTRIA: Prof Dr Walter W. WENZEL, University of Vienna, Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Department of Forest and Soil Science, Institute of Soil Research, for his work on soil microbiology, which is now a vast field of experimentation in which only 10% of microorganisms that make up the field are known. This is a major topic for the Group, which started with marine limestone in 1959.
In addition to a prize of €60,000 each, the two research laboratories will sign a partnership contract with the CMI for a period of one year, during which they will have the opportunity to use some of its unique equipment to carry out their research projects.
What’s more, the relevance of projects put forward will lead us to develop new partnerships with many of the universities that applied. This will enable CMI Roullier to enrich its expertise in Plant Nutrition in order to develop new and exclusive solutions, but also to advance research in a wider sense and make CMI a real accelerator of Innovation.
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.