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Research projects Training projects Dissemination, promotion and transfer projects
Exploratory and innovative projects;
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Major multidisciplinary flagship projects.
Creation of training courses;
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International thematic schools.
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Thinking about global food system transformations: towards strengthening agriculture sustainability

The visit from the Professor Harriet Friedmann, sociologist and geographer from the University of Toronto, gave rise to very fruitful scientific discussions on the question of the sustainability of agro-food systems. Harriet Friedmann contributed in different respects to a large number of seminars, part of which had been organised specifically in the context of her visit to deal with questions related to the evolution of agrofood systems and (...)
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Third Jack R. Harlan International Symposium Dedicated to the Origins of Agriculture and the Domestication, Evolution, and Utilization of Genetic Resources

To organise a high-level conference on the history, conservation and use of genetic resources in a context of global change. To bring together between 250 and 320 participants, of which a significant proportion (around 50%) will be non-European, and to encourage interaction between these participants. To give a voice to young scientists and women (...)
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Modeling and simulation platforms

Towards a federative research on modelling and simulation platforms

Context There is definitely a great need for scientific-based, user-friendly, game-like platforms for integrative landscape modelling, enabling either scientists or multiple stakeholders to test their landscape design and management ideas in the light of economical, ecological and environmental constraints. The development of such platforms needs to integrate knowledge from different disciplines in order to provide effective solutions for (...)
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Agropol Transcriptomics

Transcriptional profiling of maize genes in response to a growth-promoting agropolymer

The use of polymers in agriculture is gaining popularity. Superabsorbant polymers potentially influence soil permeability, density, texture, evaporation and water infiltration rates. Functionalized (or “smart”) polymers are used to deliver various substances including pesticides and herbicides, thus lowering the doses applied to the cultures. Today a myriad of applications of these polymers exist (for a review see Puoci et al., 2008). The (...)
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transversal data analytics for bio-product fermentation

In the case of this project, the goal is to first learn automatically the parameters that affect the alcoholic fermentation process controlling in this way the final quality and flavor of wine; and second, allow better decision making solutions for producers depending on their target market. The first step of this project consists of the collection experimental data on wine fermentation from SPO. On the same time, a deep study in (...)
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Experimental evolution of virulence

Understanding emergence of infectious diseases: Linking genomic evolution to the evolution of virulence of a phytovirus during the course of adaptation to its environments

Studies on the molecular mechanisms of virus adaptation could provide insights on the process underlying their emergence. However, such studies are scarse not only for viruses but alos for any other organisms. In this work, we propose to characterize adaptive mutations arising in viral populations, evolving either in constant or variable environments, and to evaluate their phenotypic expression. Since the viral environment is mainly (...)
Plant Bio-aggressor
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Land surface – atmosphere exchanges within hilly watersheds

Understanding land surface – atmosphere exchanges within a Tunisian hilly watershed devoted to agricultural activities : on the influence of upward and downward flows on energy and mass transfers.

Knowledge of evapotranspiration is crucial within Mediterranean agricultural regions under water shortage conditions. One the one hand, evapotranspiration corresponds to the two-thirds of the hydrological budget. On the other hand, evapotranspiration is related to crop water consumption. Agricultural activities have increased within Mediterranean hilly watersheds which structures allow water harvesting for resource management. Nevertheless, (...)
Agroecosystem Production system Method/tool/technic Model Mediterrannea
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Chaire ADM

UNESCO Chair/UNITWIN on World Food Systems

The UNESCO Chair has developed a muldisciplinary approach (humanities, economics, politics, life sciences and engineering) in activities of training programs (1) and transfer of knowledge (2) in the field of world food systems. 1) Training programs. The Chair backs two trainong courses delivered by Montpellier SupAgro : an Honour Master Degree in Innovations and Policies for Sustainable Food (IPAD) and an engineering course "Innovations in (...)
Sustainability Microscopic (Gene/cell) Genomics Genetic diversity Phyolgeny QTL Arabidopsis (species) root
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TE-GWAS in rice

Unlocking rice genetic diversity to secure food production in the context of global change : deciphering the functional impact of transposable elements using genome-wide association studies.

We propose a new strategy, hereafter referred to as TE-GWAS, that endeavours to identify agronomic traits controlled by TEs through association studies of TEASVs with phenotypes. One major advantage of this new strategy is that it should allow one to directly identify the genetic factor that control the trait of interest as the TE insertions used as marker are expected to modify gene expression and thus be causative of the phenotypic change. (...)
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Unraveling TOR-mediated signaling in relation to nitrogen metabolism.

This project will elaborate on the function of TOR mediated signaling and specific downstream targets involved in nitrogen metabolism in Arabidopsis. In collaboration with the Pr De Jaeger group at the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology we will establish a nitrogen starvation protocol in Arabidopsis cell suspension cultures to set up a model system for the study of the TOR mediated signaling in relation to nitrogen availability. This (...)
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