Flagship projects

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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One of the greatest challenges to global food security is the increasing loss of food production due to insect pest species. Adaptation to new environments is a key process for pest species that enables them to colonize new plants and regions, but also to resist and bypass conventional pesticides and agronomical practices. While adaptation is genetically encoded, the role of environmental effects (e.g., phenotypic plasticity) in molding (...)
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Impact des transformations sur les qualités nutritionnelles de légumes tropicaux

Nutritional characterisation of Nigerian traditional green leafy vegetables: ascorbic acid, carotenoids, folates and minerals

There is lately in Nigeria a decrease in consumption of traditional leafy vegetables, accompagnying increased consumption of imported foods and lack of dietary diversity, leading to increased micronutrient deficiencies. The aim of the project was therefore to evaluate the micronutriment contents of traditional leafy vegetables, some of them growing wild, to identify the most promising source sof micronutrients and have convincing data to (...)
Sustainability Transformation Antioxidant Quality Spectroscopy carotenoids
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IDD 2010

Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food Symposium (ISDA 2010)

Following the meetings of the scientific committee, the following programme has been suggested: Montpellier, France – Corum, June 28 – July 1, 2010 Facing the crisis and growing uncertainties, can science and societies reinvent agricultural and food systems to achieve sustainability? Come exchange with researchers and actors from the whole world, around the evolution of innovation systems, to build together new perspectives for scientific (...)
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VLS-LRC (Virtual Landscapes Languedoc Roussillon Catalonia)

A thematic network to reinforce regional collaborative projects in virtual landscape and ecosystem visualization.

VLS_LRC Agropolis fondation supported project contributed to establish and develop interactions betwenn Research, territorial collectivities and local SME tissues in the domain of virtual reality applied to sustainable development (land planing more explicitly) . An open exchange day was organized on 2012, May 29th at CIRAD and Agropolis, invoving nearly 50 attendees mainly outside academic world. The day show presentations covering recent (...)
Agroecosystem Land use Public Policy/Agriculture/Recommendation Farmers/farmer’s practices/stakeholders Landscape Modelling
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Responses of the symbiotic N2-fixation to plant N limitation

Adaptative responses of the N2-fixing symbiotic interaction between Medicago truncatuala and rhizobia to whole plant N limitation

In soil, the roots are constantly subjected to biotic and abiotic streses that locally suppress the acquisition of N. Moreover, in legumes, roots formed nodules in the presence of heterogeneous and fluctuating bacterial populations consisting of several strains of rhizobia whose efficiency for symbiotic nitrogen fixation is variable. The continuation of plant growth in such situations depends on its ability to offset the deficit by (...)
Medicago Plant Operation/adaptation Interaction Nitrogen fixation Symbiosis rizhobio
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Biodiversity friendly consumers’ behavior

This small initiative is an embedded project between the existing PhD research project of the UMR Innovation, which is a part of Erasmus Mundus PhD program AgTraIn. Professor Maurizo Canavari will come for 3 visits to Montpellier each in the duration of one month: the first visit in June 2017, the second visit in the duration of one month in September 2017, and the third visit in December 2017 or January 2018 depending on the PhD defense of (...)
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Modelling and optimization of the bioconversion of plant raw materials in heterogeneous media

The BioInh project has evidenced a bi-stability phenomenon that occurs during the enzyme-catalyzed bioconversion of cellobiose in a non-homogeneous medium (i.e. the presence of two sustainable functioning modes with different performance). The originality of the approach consisted in studying this phenomenon using a mathematical model in a first step, which allowed the characterization of its precise conditions of existence (which (...)
Operation Transformation Model
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MusaNet meeting: Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Banana and Plantain (Musa) Genetic Resources

A first Global Musa Strategy was developed in 2005 with the involvement of national, regional and international partners. The Strategy aims to set priorities, to engage partners and users and facilitate the sharing of knowledge between researchers and end-users of bananas and plantain. The MusaNet meeting held in Montpellier from 28 February to 3 March 2011 aimed to agree on the collaborative framework to review the Global Strategy and its (...)
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Rice blast networking.

Preparing an international networking project on rice blast diversity.

The objectives of this project were to set up contacts and initiate collaboration with partners in Continental South Asia to identify valuable partners to prepare a future collaborative project on rice blast diversity. The final goal is to develop a network of partners and an international platform to study the diversity of the most damaging fungal pathogen of rice, Magnaporthe oryzae. We contacted more than 20 partners to explore the (...)
Plant Bio-aggressor Invasive species Diversity/variability Rice
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Renforcement du Resem

Strengthening the Experimental Greenhouses Network in Montpellier

RéSEM (Réseau des Serres Expérimentales de Montpellier ; or Experimental Greenhouses Network in Montpellier) is a network, created in 2012, which aims at structuring and mutualizing work conducted in Montpellier experimental greenhouses. The current project aims at strengthening RéSEM through the development of several aspects of its activities, including pilot experiments on techniques used for running greenhouses (insisting on technological (...)
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