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The second French-Argentinean Conference on Agricultural Research

A one-day conference was held on 18 May 2015 by INRA and its Argentinean counterpart INTA (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria), in partnership with the CIRAD, IRSTEA and IRD, and with support from the French Embassy in Buenos Aires and the Argentinean Embassy in Paris.

Horacio Alippe (AACREA, Argentina) Bernard Dreyfus (IRD), Bernard Hubert (President of Agropolis International), Mireille Riou Canals (General Director, Education and Research, French Ministry of Agriculture), François Houllier (President of INRA),  Francisco Juan Oscar Anglesio (President of INTA) and Jean-Marc Bournigal (President of IRSTEA). © INRA, MAITRE  Christophe
Updated on 06/09/2017
Published on 05/28/2015

The three-part conference, on the subject of “Knowledge-intensive farming and the development of regional approaches”, was held on 18 May and was attended by approximately 50 people.

The first session looked at research carried out by LabIntex,  an off-site INTA laboratory created in Montpellier in 2012 in partnership with Agropolis International:

  • Nutraceuticals, or functional foods, in partnership with the Qualisud joint research unit
  • An integrated approach to the adaptation processes and abilities of plants to environmental stresses, in partnership with the LEPSE joint research unit
  • Environmental sustainability of intensive grazing systems
  • Observatories on regional dynamics, with the Innovation joint research unit

The second session focused on Agriterris, a cooperation project run by an international research laboratory for agronomic and rural development with partners in France, Argentina and Brazil; and on the outlook for 2016-2020 following an assessment by an independent international committee. Examples of research led in partnership with INTA, INRA, IRD, CIRAD and the Federal University of Para in Brazil (UFPA) were presented:

  • Regional observatory on farming practices: a tool to support sustainable regional development and improve production systems,
  • Production, knowledge and regions and the global industrial farming system
  • Family farming as a specific goal in science and technology policies in Argentina: social perspectives
  • New types of innovation and coexistence of multiple farming models in a single region

The third session of the conference looked at possible subjects for future studies, including: genetic improvement of forest species and environmental stress;  regulation of autophagy and nitrogen assimilation; spatial and temporal variations in photosynthesis in grape vines.