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The Foundation supports three categories of projects:

Research projects Training projects Dissemination, promotion and transfer projects
Exploratory and innovative projects;
Disciplinary projects exploring research fronts;
Major multidisciplinary flagship projects.
Creation of training courses;
Establishment of MOOCs;
International thematic schools.
International scientific events;
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ExUse - GRFA

Exchange and use of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ExUSE)

The main objective of the collaboration with Eric Welch, Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Center of Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies at Arizona State University (Phoenix, USA) – and hosted for four months in Montpellier thanks to the support of the Agropolis Foundation – was to help structure an analytical framework (both theoretical and methodological) for the study of the constraints faced by researchers (...)
Quality Agroecosystem Society Agrobiodiversity Public Policy/Agriculture/Recommendation Exchange Genetic ressources
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Experimental assessment of 2D flow velocity fields induced by plant biodiversity in open channels for seed transport

Plants disperse over the agricultural landscapes mainly through seed vectors, the latter being transported either by fauna, gravity, water or wind. Seed dispersal contributes to the spread of invasive species, crop contamination by weeds or biodiversity conservation. Especially for hydrochorous species, i.e. plants whose seeds are dispersed by water flows, there is a complex link between the plant, the seeds and the water dynamics that needs (...)
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Exploration of the genetic variability of peach phenolic and triterpenoid com-pounds as natural defense against brown rot

Brown rot caused by Monilinia spp. provokes dramatic losses of fruit. In Southern Brazil, the crop losses, after harvest, can be higher than 25%. In France, damages reach the same order of magnitude depending on the year.
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Exploring a gene inducible system for functional studies related to flowering phenology in apple.

Genetic transformation has been successfully applied to evaluate the function of candidate genes (CG) related to agronomic traits in many economically important crops. However, using genetic transformation for the evaluation of gene function is not practical for fruit trees, such as apple, with low transformation efficiency, long regeneration time and long life cycle. This is an important bottleneck for scientists working with these species (...)
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Tridom ABM

Exploring the impacts of biodiversity-offsetting schemes for mining operations in the Tridom Landscape, Congo Basin with Agent Based Modelling

To explore the potential of biodiversity offsetting schemes to mitigate the detrimental effects of mining projects in the TRIDOM, one of the keystone landscapes of the Congo Basin. We expect to produce a model that will be allow stakeholders to explore far reaching and potentially surprising outcomes of their decisions and management strategies. The postdoc will be based 9 months in UR B&SEF in Montpellier (6 months at the beginning of (...)
Sustainability Agroecosystem Agrobiodiversity Forest fragmentation Multi-agent system Scenario
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Pathogen Proteins

Expression of effector genes from Phytophthora capsici

As part of the project EffeCaps, we generated 8 transcriptomes from plant tissues from two pepper genotypes that differ in their level of resistance to Phytophthora capsici, infected each with 2 isolates of P. capsici which differ in their level of aggressiveness, and at 2 times after inoculation (24 and 72 hpi). These 8 observed conditions (2 host genotypes x 2 P. capsici isolates x 2 times) were independently repeated 3 times, bringing to (...)
Developing the plant of the future Gene expression Protein/proteomic
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First International Conférence Organic Rice Farming and Production Systems

First International Conférence Organic Rice Farming and Production Systems

This conference had 4 objectives : (1) assess actual knowledge of the functioning of organic rice production systems on different time and space scales. (2) Identify innovations being undertaken and obstacles that block the development of these systems. (3) Analyse the impact of markets and different types of organic rice production on food quality and health. (4) Analyse the impact of public policy and to propose guidelines. Supported by (...)
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FLORIMAIZE - Role of florigen proteins in maize developmental reprogramming under drought stress

The objective of FLORIMAIZE is to identify the role of a florigen gene (ZCN8) in the genetic variability of growth maintenance in maize (parent lines) to identify and develop novel maize phenotype. The project is closely related with DROPS project which analyzes same factors on F1 hybrids.
Developing the plant of the future Plant Genomics Ecophysio/architecture/phenotyping Operation/adaptation Drought Flowering Phenotoping Protein/proteomic Corn
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Folates behavior during the soaking-cooking process of cowpea seeds

This 3-month scientific mobility aims at increasing our knowledge about the physicochemical behavior and reactivity of vitamins B9 (also called folates) inside cowpea seed (cf Project 1507-031 ICOWPEA (WP2))- This objective can be achieved through a partnership with the research team of Prof. Rychlik, from TUM (Technische Universität München) (Munich, Germany) which is specialized in folates in food. In addition, these research activities (...)
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food security in the Mediterranean area in 2030: qualitative and quantitative aspects

Society Public Policy/Agriculture/Recommendation Food safety Scenario Mediterrannea
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