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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;
Project maturation/transfer;
Publication and dissemination.

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Forest restoration by smallholders in the Eastern Amazon: how to improve the balance between environmental and socioeconomic benefits?

Brazil committed internationally to recover 12 million ha of forests by 2030 but the strategy is still unclear. Many small-scale farmers have been spontaneously developing forest restoration experiences, mainly through agroforestry systems. To guide more inclusive restoration policies, it is important to assess the socio-economic viability and ecological benefits of the different (...)
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FORests and ECological intensification of Agricultural SysTems

WP1: produce digital pedagogical resources to be freely available online, on ecological intensification of agricultural practices in forested landscapes. These resources include concepts from agriculture, agroforestry and forestry sciences, agrarian diagnosis approach, and methods of analysis of farmers’ decision-making process. WP2: produce tools to conduct spatialized technical, social and economic analyses of rural livelihoods at plot, (...)
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Evolutionary potential of Drosophila suzukii, an invasive agricultural pest

Gene flow, specialization, and behavior of Drosophila suzukii, an invasive insect of major agro-economic importance on small fruits

The research planned is a cornerstone in the foundation of a long-term international collaboration through the support to this scientific visit. Our overarching goal is to enable the development of rational and durable management approaches for Drosophila suzukii.
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Generation & Deployment of Genome-Edited, Nitrogen-use-Efficient Rice Varieties

The GENERICE project aims at providing rice R&D community with tailored technical methods to develop GE-assisted improved varieties and approaches to accompany such technical innovation along its journey to the small farmers’ field and to the market in developing countries. Our strategy calls in thorough dialogue between biologists, social sciences specialists and professionals, priority use of established methods with demonstrated (...)
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Genetic and molecular characterization of bud dormancy in apple: deciphering candidate gene roles in dormancy regulation

Dormancy is an adaptive mechanism that enables plants to survive unfavorable climatic conditions and allows flowering to occur only when the conditions are more permissive. The production of temperate fruits, such as apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.), is closely related to bud dormancy, given that a well-adjusted dormancy cycle is crucial for the achievement of their full genetic potential. Dormancy in apple is triggered by exposure to low (...)
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Genetic diversity of the emblematic food tree species Myristica fragrans, M. fatua and M. argentea (Indonesian Nutmegs) : applications to genetic resources conservation and sustainable management.

The main purpose of the project NUTMEG is to characterize the genetic diversity and structure of nutmeg species (Myristica fragrans, M. fatua and M. argentea) in their native Indonesian distribution to underpin strategies of conservation and use. These species are food tree species, whom seeds and maces are exploited as spices. Getting information on the distribution of their genetic diversity within and between wild and cultivated (...)
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Génétique Bactérie

Genetic processes that allow bacterial pathogens to infect their hosts

Project 1: Ax21 from Xanthomonas - its role in quorum sensing and as an elicitor of plant defense. The Gram-negative bacterium Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae causes bacterial leaf blight of rice, a devastating bacterial disease affecting rice plants in most rice-cultivating areas. Genetic resistances proved as being most efficient in controlling the disease, among them the resistance gene Xa21 (Song et al. 1995, Science 270: 1804-1806). (...)
Agroecology Plant Plant disease Gene expression Interaction Rice
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Genome Harvest

Genome Harvest - Mobilizing biomathematics/bioinformatics and genomics/genetics to decipher genome organization and dynamics as pathways to crop improvement

Le projet découle d’une série de « success story » de la communauté Montpelliéraine dans la production de séquences de référence du génome de plantes cultivées et dans la description de leurs caractéristiques. Couplé à cela, l’arrivée des outils de séquençage à haut débit permet d’envisager une meilleure compréhension de l’organisation et des dynamiques de ces génomes, éléments clés pour une meilleure exploitation de leur diversité dans les programmes de (...)
Developing the plant of the future Plant Genomics Bioinformatic Genetic structure Coffee Rice Tomato Citrus Banana
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Cocoa genomic selection

Genomic selection to improve cacao breeding for resistance and yield attributes

Genomic selection (GS) is a statistical approach that utilizes all available genome-wide markers simultaneously and phenotypic traits of a “training population” to estimate breeding values or total genetic values. The use of the appropriate statistical model remains one of the critical issues of the GS. The relative performance of models is expected to depend on the genetic background of the phenotyped traits. Two agronomic traits of cacao (...)
Developing the plant of the future Microscopic (Gene/cell) Plant disease Breeding QTL Resistance Cacao
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The image processing techniques covered by the GEOBIA community contribute to increasing the potential of remote sensing data for land use mapping and other applications. The research groups active in this field in Montpellier and Toulouse have long been using remote sensing for tropical research in developing countries. They propose to extend the scope of the event to applications such as resource monitoring and management for development (...)
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