Institut national de la recherche agronomique
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The Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA, pronounced [inʁa]; English: National Institute of Agricultural Research) is a French public research institute dedicated to scientific studies concerning agriculture. It was founded in 1946 and is a Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishment under the joint authority of the Ministries of Research and Agriculture.
INRA leads projects of targeted research for a sustainable agriculture, a safeguarded environment and a healthy and high quality food. Based on the number of publications in agricultural sciences/crops and animal sciences, INRA is the first institute for agricultural research in Europe, and the second in the world. It belongs to the top 1% most cited research institutes.
INRA main tasks are:
- to gather and disseminate knowledge;
- to build know-how and innovation for the society;
- to provide expertise to public institutions and private companies;
- to participate in science-society debates;
- to train in research.
Staff and Organization
INRA is a research institute with 1,840 researchers, 1,756 research engineers and 4,694 lab workers/field workers/administrative staff. In addition, 510 PhD students are trained, and 2,552 interns are employed every year.
INRA is composed of 13 scientific departments:
- Environment and Agronomy
- Biology and crop breeding
- Plant health and environment
- Ecology of forests, meadows and aquatic environments
- Animal genetics
- Animal physiology and animal production systems
- Animal health
- Characterization and processing of agricultural products
- Microbiology and food processing
- Human nutrition
- Sciences for action and development
- Social sciences, agriculture and food, territories and environment
- Applied mathematics and computer sciences
Moreover, INRA provides tools and support to the scientific community: databases, environmental research observatories, genetic resources centers, experimental platforms, etc.
Centers and Partnerships
In 2014, INRA has 17 regional centres in France, including in the French overseas territories. Most laboratories and facilities located in Paris region are to be moved to the Paris-Saclay research-intensive cluster.
INRA develops partnerships with:
- universities and French top schools in agricultural/veterinary sciences
- French research institutes of fundamental and targeted research. Notably, CNRS and INSERM are INRA first two partners.
- French research institutes of agricultural applied research (CETIOM, Arvalis Institut du Végétal, etc.)
- the main agricultural research institutes in the world (Rothamsted Research, Wageningen University and Research Centre, etc.). It has scientific collaborations and exchanges with many countries in Europe, America and Asia (see e.g. collaborations map in). Nearly half of the publications are co-authored by foreign scientists.
Research on wine and grapes
Researches on vine cultivation are conducted in Pech Rouge estate, in Gruissan. INRA also owns the Château Couhins wine-producing estate near Bordeaux. Many wine grapes have been created at INRA stations including Ederena.
INRA was a member of the consortium for the genome sequencing of Vitis vinifera in 2007.
- Domaine de Vassal at www1.montpellier.inra.fr
- Pech Rouge at www1.montpellier.inra.fr
- J. Robinson, J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours pg 322, Allen Lane 2012 ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2