Who we are

French National Institute for Agricultural Research

INRA is Europe’s top agricultural research institute and the world’s number two centre for the agricultural sciences. Its scientists are working towards solutions for society’s major challenges.   


Chercheurs dans un champ de céréales.. © INRA, Sophie Formisano
Chercheurs dans un champ de céréales. © INRA, Sophie Formisano


Our job:

to explore, understand, experiment and think ahead


Our goal:

to give people freedom of choice and the ability to innovate


Our specialties:

Food, nutrition, agriculture and the environment


Our focal issues:

Competitiveness, regional land use, health, sustainable development and bioeconomy

04 Jun 2018
The International Centre of Microbial Resources (CIRM), yeast collection in Grignon. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe

Genetic and biological resources

The genetic resources that INRA stores and studies consist of species, varieties and strains from human activity in the fields of agriculture and food, as well as isolated resources in the environment. In order to maintain a wide variety of resources for the future and for research needs, INRA has built up many repositories of genetic resources from plants, microbes, animals, or isolated resources from soils. The Institute is also committed to creating Biological Resource Centres (BRCs) and plays an active role in preserving and exploring biodiversity with a view to tapping into it without exhausting it.

17 Apr 2018
29 Mar 2018
Franco-Indian Summit, 9 to 15 March 2018

Genomic selection, microbiota, development of methanisation, nutrition…  INRA and India strengthen ties  

From 9-15 March 2018, on the occasion of the French President’s visit to India, accompanied by the Minister of Research and Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA, several draft agreements were signed with a view to strengthening cooperation with France’s Indian partners. Several new International Associated Laboratories were created in key fields: genomic selection in cattle; the microbiota and metagenome in liver disease; grey water treatment and methanisation; and the plant protein content of diets. Philippe Mauguin and Mr. G.G. Sohani, president of Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF), together hosted a roundtable discussion during the Franco-Indian summit.