04 May 2016
At the beginning of the 21st century, the global scope of issues such as food, food security, biodiversity, bioenergy, disease and climate change made sustainable development an obvious priority and the focus of research efforts. The closely linked questions of food, agriculture, environment and territories became of key importance to society once again. To deal with these subjects, INRA implemented a strong scientific partnership policy, leading to the creation of joint research units bringing together research institutes, universities and agronomic and veterinary education providers. At the same time, it created more diverse socio-economic partnerships to better orient research. Scientific approaches changed: the Institute developed interdisciplinary research calling on more disciplines and a wider skill base, integrating all sustainability criteria and relying on evolving research tools and techniques that had created new possibilities for understanding the living world. Agronomic research aimed to contribute to healthy and well-balanced diets, competitive ecoagriculture, increased use of renewable agricultural and forest resources, environmental protection and rural development leading to sustainable development on a worldwide scale.
17 Mar 2016
Raphaël Mercier and his research team have made several major discoveries that have greatly advanced our understanding of meiosis. Mercier’s work promises to revolutionize the field of plant breeding. We asked Mercier to answer three questions about his work.