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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;
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International thematic schools.
International scientific events;
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Chemometric framework for near infrared spectroscopy development including: toolboxes + MOOCs + training databases

Support for the development of a free training module (in MOOC format) enabling the use of chemometrics when NIR spectrometry is applied. The module will include : Online theory courses and a tutorial including practical advice Development of this software so that it can be made available on other platforms (including R) A database of infrared spectra and images illustrating operational situations typically encountered in agronomy or (...)
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Clarifying the phylogenic relationships of wild and cultivated yam species (Dioscorea sp.) in West Africa

The aim of this project is to reinforce a new collaboration between IRD and University Yaoundé I by training a Cameroonian Ph.D. student in phylogenetic reconstruction of yam species found in West Africa. The main scientific objective of PhyloYam is to reconstruct the phylogeny of native yam species of West Africa.
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The support of Agropolis for the setting up of the CoEx flagship project allowed the organisation of a 2-day workshop with the majority of French and African partners. A total of 34 people from 11 different organisations (research bodies, universities and farmers’ organisations, international organisations) from France and 3 West African countries participated. The meeting was divided into 4 parts: the first one consisted in discussing the (...)
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Coffee genetic diversity in relation to drought tolerance

Plants exchanged under this project are being evaluated (phenotypic) within trials established in Brazil (EMBRAPA), French Guyana (CIRAD) and Cameroon (IRAD), following exchanges of plant materials that were made officially through signed MTAs between partners. Exchanges will continue in 2014, including the transfer to Guyana and to Cameroon of C. arabica F1 hybrids first created in 2012 (H1) then in 2013 (H2) using progenitors from (...)
Developing the plant of the future Microscopic (Gene/cell) Plant Genomics Operation/adaptation Drought Genetic diversity Coffee
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Coffee genetic engineering based on genome editing using CRISPR-Cas9 technology: a cutting-edge tool for functional analysis and breeding

Elucidation and manipulation of plant genomes is a key point for basic biology research and crop improvement. Developing genome edition biotechnological tool in coffee would greatly accelerate research and breeding of news varieties more adapted to current climate change.
Developing the plant of the future Plant Genomics Varietal improvement Bioinformatic Breeding Method/tool/technic Coffee
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Amazon wild cocoa collect

Collect of wild cocoa genetic resources related to aromatic chocolate qualities in Ecuadorian Amazonia.

Flavor is among the main criterion of quality for chocolate manufacturers and is the basis to classify the cocoa product in 2 classes: the fine flavor cocoa and the bulk cocoa. Ecuador is among the main producer of fine flavor cocoa provided by its traditionnal and aromatic variety called “Nacional”. However, this variety was crossed with other introduced non aromatic genotypes, and the aroma progressively diluted. Recent works allowed to (...)
Plant Genomics Consuimer Genetic ressources Sensoriel analysis Cacao
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Colloque joint du Réseau Ecologie des Interactions Durables et Immunité des Invertébrés

The two networks share the same characteristics, namely (i) the existence of important driving forces within the Montpellier community, which are in fact part of the two LabEXs Cemeb and Agro; (ii) the desire to maintain continuity between basic sciences and applied aims in the fields of agro-ecology, veterinary health and human health (feeding, caring and protecting). The complementary nature of the REID and IMMUNINV networks and their (...)
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Combiné approche (éco)-physiologique et Modélisation 3D- pour comprendre et analyser le rôle de la cuticule dans la croissance et la qualité des fruits charnus

The cuticle plays a major role in controlling water loss, micro- and macro-cracking of the fruit, its shelf life, and its resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. However, the interactions between the mechanical properties of the tissues and the regulation of water and carbon fluxes during fruit development, as well as their consequences on the final size and composition of the fruit, have been little (...)
Sustainability Plant Ecophysio/architecture/phenotyping Operation/adaptation Drought Fruit quality Model Phenotoping Tomato
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In-field hyperspectral imagery for high-throughput phenotyping

Combining opto-physical modelling of plant structures and chemometrics tools for robust calibration of in-field hyperspectral images; application to plant phenotyping (PhD 2014-2017)

Short range hyperspectral imagery is a promising tool for phenotyping and vegetation survey. When associated with partial least square regression (PLS-R), it allows high spatial resolution mapping of the plant chemical content at the canopy scale. However, several optical phenomena have to be taken into account when applying this approach to vegetation scenes in natural conditions. For instance, additive and multiplicative factors due (...)
Agroecology Sustainability Plant Agroecosystem Ecophysio/architecture/phenotyping Modelling Phenotoping Spectroscopy Orchid
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