The Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute finances innovative internal project in the form of annual calls for tenders, selected according to criteria of scientific excellence and transferability.


The projects financed by Plant2Pro® aim to support innovative, high-quality research projects on themes of future importance.
These projects cover all themes and sectors that fall within Plant2Pro®. Deux types de projets sont financés's scientific scope. Two types of project are financed :

  • "Appeal" projects, lasting 1 year
  • "scientific resourcing" projects - multidisciplinary project that must involve at least two different teams from our research bodies and from technical institutes, lasting between 2 and 3 years

 

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    ADMIRAL-MOD

    Technological development of processing software for greenhouse and open-field root imaging
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Arvalis Institut du Végétal, UMR Agroécologie (Dijon)

    2017

     

    Among the new scientific fronts explored in the genetics and improvement of plants is the improvement of root traits that favour adaptation to biotic and abiotic stressors and which maximise the performance of cultivated populations. The study of these areas involves the development of specific and non-destructive phenotyping tools, in controlled conditions and in the field. The ADMIRAL-MOD project, supported by Arvalis - Institut du Végétal proposes an increase in TRL of a solution for root image processing through computer-assisted learning, which can be integrated into various software environments, with an initial proof of concept on the 4PMI phenotyping platform. The development of this software solution opens up significant opportunities for partnerships with stakeholders in agricultural supply, in particular to test the effect and efficacy of their procedures on plant growth.

     

    ADMIRAL-MOD

    ALPHI

    Technological development of an Innovative PHenotyping Light Arc on an experimental site
    Plant2Pro® bodie involved: Arvalis Institut du Végétal

    2016

     

    Improving the performance of populations cultivated through selection relies on the characterisation of their behaviour in their growing conditions (assessment of the interactions between genotypes and the environment). In this context, Arvalis - Institut du Végétal is developing different lightweight phenotyping solutions using sensors, enabling kinetic variables to be monitored. The development proposed as part of the ALPHI project will strengthen Arvalis' phenotyping offer by offering partners an accessible, reliable and powerful tool for their own phenotyping work.

     

    ALPHI

    CULTIV

    ULTra high-performance liquid chromatography for metabolomics and isotopic analyses of cultivated plant species
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR IPS2 (Paris-Saclay)

    2016

     

    Academic and partner-oriented research projects are conducted within the Plant2Pro Carnot Institute, focusing on the metabolic function of plants and with applications in terms of the characterisation of molecules of interest, particularly for crop protection. Its analytical activities are based on the platform of the Observatoire du Végétal, which gathers together a group of high-throughput and multi-scale plant characterisation tools. One technological barrier to metabolomic analyses is the possibility of observing non-volatilisable or less abundant molecules in a reliable manner. In this context, CULTIV aims to acquire ULTra high-performance liquid chromatography which will complete an analytical chain composed of tandem mass spectrometry associated with a quadrupole TOF. This acquisition will provide access to a wide range of metabolomic analyses that are required as part of partnerships with industrialist in the selection, plant nutrition and agribusiness sectors.

     

    CULTIV

    OPTIMISE

    Strengthening oenological phenotyping capabilities for the vine varieties created in the wine industry - Rodilhan Technology Centre
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin

    2016

     

    OPTIMISE is a project supported by the French Wine and Vine Institute (Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin, (IFV)). In the continuum of the process of characterising new vine varieties, OPTIMISE is positioned downstream, strengthening vine variety phenotyping capabilities through the technological characterisation of the wines they produce: this is "oenological phenotyping". The strengthening of the IFV's technological centre enables the creation of an attractive phenotyping tool for (i) viti-viniculture businesses wishing to test their new products in controlled conditions and (ii) vineyard protection industrialists that may develop R&D (TRL6) partnerships to assess the impact of their products on wine quality.

     

    OPTIMISE

    Pheno-Qual

    Data quality and phenotyping platform organisation
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR LEPSE (Montpellier)

    2016

     

    The Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute's phenotyping offer is structured in part around the PHENOME infrastructure supported by the Future Investments programme. To improve its appeal to plant selection and nutrition industrialists, one of its features involves the registration of devices in a quality system. The PHENO-QUAL project is supported by Inra and focuses on three aspects of quality: (i) data quality through the use of appropriate sensors (ii) the quality of image analyses and (iii) the quality of organisation by guiding the device through a certification process. This approach is designed to then be rolled out across all Plant2Pro phenotyping devices.

     

    PHENO-QUAL

    PROCROP

    Development of a data processing platform for the phenotyping data obtained from sensors
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Arvalis Institut du Végétal, Terres Inovia

    2016

     

    One of the main hurdles in applying high-throughput phenotyping of the plants and populations cultivated for solutions for use by farmers is the management of the large quantities of data produced by a wide variety of sensors. The objective of the PROCROP project is to develop an integrated hardware and software solution for the management and processing of this large quantity of data. As part of an initiative to standardise formats and methods, this device, which is shared between Arvalis, Terres Inovia and Inra, will help to make the production of agronomic variables more reliable. Such variables are required to generate decision-support tools developed by or co-developed with industrialists in selection, farm inputs and agricultural prescription (cooperatives and businesses that design digital prescription solutions).

     

    PROCROP

    VARGEN

    Optimisation of a genotyping database and a varietal characterisation application
    Plant2Pro®bodies involved : Arvalis

    2016

     

    As in phenotyping, high-throughput genotyping technologies generate large quantities of data that only have functional meaning if they are connected to phenotyping data. The VARGEN project, supported by Arvalis - Institut du Végétal, will help to make use of the data that it has acquired over the course of several years regarding the phenotyping and genotyping of tender wheat, durum wheat and maize by combining genetic information with agronomic characteristics. This application is an important resource both for academic research, for developing genetic association approaches, and for private partners who will use it as part of public-private research contracts, particularly within the intermediate ecosystem of VSBs-SMBs that cannot develop equivalent tools themselves.

     

    VARGEN

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    MAGNUM

    Analysis of the genetic basis of "Brassica napus - diversity of the microbiota and functional communities in the nitrogen cycle in the rhizosphere" interactions through an association genetics approach
    Plant2Pro®bodies involved: UMR IGEPP (Rennes)

    2017

     

    The ability of the cultivated plants to interact with the microorganisms in the soil affects their development and their agronomic performance. The use of these positive interactions, through the selection of varieties that enhance them, is appealing in that it can reduce dependence on chemical inputs such as nitrogen. The MAGNUM project is unique in that it combines microbial ecology approaches and association genetics to improve understanding of the mechanisms related to these interactions and the factors that influence them and to offer selection procedures to industrialists in plant improvement to enable them to take advantage of these new tools to improve the performance of cultivated populations. This project aims to place the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute at the cutting edge of science in this field that is particularly promising in terms of innovation.

     

    MAGNUM

    SyntenyViewer

    Translational research tool in inter- & intra-specific genetic diversity
    Plant2Pro®bodies involved: UMR GDEC (Clermont-Ferrand)

    2017

     

    The objective of the Synteny Viewer project is to connect all the "omic" data obtained regarding species in the Triticeae (Cereals) tribe in order to offer a translational research tool intended for academic users as part of projects associated with functional gene validation, and for French stakeholders in the biotechnology and seed sectors, to make use of the genes that control characteristics of agronomic interest. This technological research project intends to create the database needed for the implementation of the translational research tool. The use of this tool will allow the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute to remain competitive in the academic partnership-oriented fields when it comes to projects involving characteristics of agronomic interest across a wider range of cereal species.

     

    SYNTENY VIEWER

    WheatMaestro

    Wheat MAture EmbryoS or Transformation and RegeneratiOn
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR GDEC (Clermont-Ferrand)

    2017

     

    The Wheat MAESTRO project is a technological project that offers to overcome a hurdle in the genetic transformation of wheat by developing a promising approach. A major bottleneck in the implementation of CRISPR-Cas9 is the ability to introduce the system into the plant cell. This project intends to meet this challenge through (i) the use of a less costly explant and (ii) a higher transformation rate. The approach being developed intends to overcome the costly step of permanently cultivating mother plants by developing an effective transformation method for mature embryos. For this reason, the project, if it produces the expected deliverables, will help to place the two involved laboratories at the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute in a leadership position on an international scale.

     

    WHEAT MAESTRO

    CATCH My Interest

    Capture of large genomic regions of interest
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: CNRGV (Toulouse), UMR LIPM (Toulouse)

    2016

     

    This technological research project, supported by the National Plant Genome Resources Centre, intends to develop and combine new approaches in genomics that will enable wide genomic regions to be captured in a targeted manner and then sequenced. The objective is to reduce the complexity of the genomes studied (due to the large size of plant genomes and the presence of repeated elements) by focusing on genomic regions of interest, i.e. those involved in specific agronomic traits of interest. This approach, which involves the adaptation of Crispr technology in order to extract a region of the genome, capture it and separate it, is of significant interest to industrialists in the sector of plant and biotechnology improvement to develop genetic markers for characteristics of interest in a more efficient way, and to clone genes of interest in order to develop functional characterisation methods.

     

    CATCH MY INTEREST

     NBT-Vigne

    Acquisition of skills to develop and optimise vine genome editing
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin, UMR EGFV (Bordeaux)

    2016

     

    The development of genome editing technologies represents a methodological revolution for academic research, for the acquisition of knowledge in functional genomics, and for the acceleration of the processes of plant improvement. These technologies are particularly relevant to the improvement of cultivated perennial species such as the vine. The objective of the NBT-Vigne project is to develop vine genome editing technology and, in particular, to offer methodological solutions to a true technical hurdle: the regeneration of transformed tissues. The acquisition of technical skills for the implementation of vine genome editing is particularly strategic, for an industry that uses large quantities of pesticides, with an aim to accumulate agronomic and environmental characteristics of interest in a targeted manner without affecting the typicity of grape varieties.

     

    NBT-VIGNE

    Potato-Crispr

    Generating PVY-resistant potato through CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing of eIF4E
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR IJPB (Versailles), UMR IGEPP (Rennes)

    2016

     

    This project proposes developing a biotechnological approach by applying it to the resistance of potatoes to Potato Virus Y. Beyond the importance of the species in question (the potato) and the agronomic target (resistance to a particularly damaging virus), this technological research project is particularly innovative and strategic in that it proposes mastering the gene replacement technique ("true gene editing" using Crispr-CAS9), which has not yet been mastered in plants for traits that cannot be directly selected. The partnership potential of this technology is very significant in the seed sector.

     

    POTATO-CRISPR

 

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    BioControl2Grape

    A platform for the study and assessment of biocontrol solutions on the vineyard
    Plant2Pro®bodies involved: UMR SAVE (Bordeaux), Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin

    2017

     

    The development of biocontrol is driven by societal demands and by public authorities (Ecophyto Plan) with the aim of reducing the use of phytopharmaceutical products in farming. In viticulture, these objectives are even more sensitive. The objective of the Biocontrole2Grape project, supported by Inra in partnership with the French Wine and Vine Institute is to initiate the construction of a platform dedicated to the study and assessment of products and methods for biocontrol against airborne vine diseases on the vineyard. This project focuses on the needs of industrialist partners who develop these solutions that require the robust and reliable assessment of their efficacy and of their means of use.

     

    BioControle2Grape

     

    ENTOMOVECTOR II

    Predator and vector: Use of Macrolophus pygmaeus as a double agent in biological pest control
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR ISA (Nice-Sophia-Antipolis)

    2017

     

    The objective of the ENTOMOVECTOR II project, supported by Inra, is to create a proof of concept to develop more effective and powerful biocontrol products. This is "entomovectoring", which involves pairing a microorganism with a predatory insect. The project is intended to improve the macroorganism/microorganism pairing device, to assess the most favourable combinations, and to assess the macroorganism's predation capabilities. This project follows an initial research project which was financed by Inra and for which an increase in TRL is required. In the context of very significant developments in biocontrol, this project is appealing and will be able to improve the efficacy, precision and profitability of these crop protection solutions.

     

    ENTOMOVECTOR II

    MACRO-BIOC

    Acquisition of a new-generation macroscope on PF SPIBOC for the study of pathogenic agents, biological pest control agents and the ways in which they interact
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR ISA (Nice-Sophia-Antipolis)

    2017

     

    In the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute, the Sophia Antipolis UMR ISA focuses the majority of its academic research on biocontrol. Its appeal in terms of partner-oriented research is based on the offer listed on the SPIBOC platform. The MACROBIOC project intends to strengthen the platform's macroscopy capabilities, with the aim of characterising a wide range of biological objects studied by the teams, particularly macroorganisms, in a context of a significant increase in requests from industrialists in the secto.

     

    MACRO-BIOC

    MEMOCOL

    Adoption of MOlecular biology MEthods developed to identify COLeoptera parasitoid pests in rapeseed crops and to quantify the service provided by these organisms
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Terres Inovia

    2017

     

    The mobilisation of natural regulations in the protection of cultivated populations requires the creation of proxys that can quantify the expected service in a simple and reliable way. The MEMOCOL project, implemented by Terres Inovia, is a particularly promising proof of concept to operationalise, using the rapeseed model, the quantification of the way parasitoids regulate rapeseed weevils and flea beetles, two pests of economic significance. The increase in TRL (3 to 6) enabled by MEMOCOL is a first in terms of methodological development. It will also lead to the development of reliable and simple-to-use tools for the quantification of pest-regulating services, which can then be replicated across a wide range of host-pest pairs.

     

    MEMOCOL

    PulvéLab

    A digital vineyard for the assessment and development of innovative phytosanitary protection solution
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin

    2017

     

    The objective of the PulvéLab project, supported by the French Wine and Vine Institute, is to set up an open laboratory at vineyard level, in production conditions, dedicated to the subject of precision spraying. Using the expertise of the EchoTechViti UMT, of which IFV is a member (with Irstea and Montpellier SupAgro) the goal of the PulvéLab is to offer an environment and infrastructures intended for private partners with the aim of testing and improving their solutions in the field of precision spraying through the development of research partnerships. The project consists of (i) a request for equipment for the acquisition of a master dataset and the instrumentation of the operation (mounted sensors and fixed sensors) and of (ii) the formal building of the device and its presentation to private partners.

     

    PULVELAB

     SWEET

    Optimisation of biocontrol strategies by boosting the immunity of maize against pests through the application of infra-doses of simple sugars
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Arvalis Institut du Végétal

    2016

     

    The objective of the SWEET project, supported by Arvalis - Institut du Végétal, is to develop a robust method of testing a range of maize biocontrol products. These products use infra-doses of simple sugars to elicit maize's natural defences against complexes of airborne and soil-borne pests and diseases, which farmers traditionally control using pyrethroid and chlorantraniliprole insecticides. The project helps to increase the TRL of preliminary results obtained as part of originator projects in order to transition from the concept's experimental evidence (TRL 3) to its technological validation (TRL 6). The deliverables will strengthen the research and partnership offering in the field of biocontrol.

     

    SWEET

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     PhenOr

    Early, high-throughput phenotyping to characterise the interaction between sunflowers and Orobanche cumana in controlled conditions
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Terres Inovia, UMR LIPM (Toulouse)

    2017

     

    The objective of the PHENOR project is to perfect a high-throughput phenotyping method that will enable the early characterisation of the sensitivity of breeds/varieties of sunflower to different races of Orobanche, and to assess their resistance. This method offers the advantage of being non-destructive, early, reliable and with a high-throughput in comparison with methods currently in use, particularly by seed companies. The partnership potential offered by such a development is particularly promising given the economic significance of the damage caused by Orobanche.

     

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    POSITIF

    POSITIF: Promote tolerance to abiotic stressors (iron) and biotic stressors (phytopathogens) in peas through the biotic interactions in the rhizosphere 
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR Agroécologie (Dijon)

    2017

     

    The recent progress made in the physiology of plant nutrition and of the interactions between plants and microbes demonstrates the significant potential of the exploitation of plant interactions and the populations cultivated with the microbiome, particularly of the soil. The objective of the POSITIF project is to use recently-obtained results regarding the model species Arabidopsis thaliana, results that demonstrate the role of the plant's interactions with pseudomonas bacteria in the soil in iron nutrition and defence against bioaggressors, in legumes. The project will enable the identification of genetic traits in the pea that favour the establishment of these positive interactions, as well as microbial indicators that allow the assessment of the potential for these positive interactions to form in any given soil. A particularly pioneering domain in plant improvement, this project will help to equip the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute to anticipate the growing needs of industrialists in this promising field for plant nutrition and protection.

     

    POSITIF

    FinePea

    Fine mapping and candidate genes at a major resistance QTL to Aphanomyces euteiches in pea
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR IJPB (Versailles), UMR IGEPP (Rennes)

    2016

     

    The FINAPEA project proposes developing a quantitative genetics approach to identify and map, in detail, the QTLs that explain the resistance of peas to the pathogen Aphanomyces euteiches, and to identify the underlying genes in this resistance. The identification of genes involved in resistance to a root disease in large-scale crop species would be a textbook case and will serve to bolster the reputations of academic excellence of the units involved. Furthermore, this target for selection is a true challenge in the development of pea crops on French soil. It will also help to strengthen their position as a leader in this field on an international scale. Moreover, the project relies upon academic research efforts focusing on peas, particularly in the context of the PIA PEAMUST Consortium, of which it is a particularly strategic applied component.

     

    FINEPEA

    PANDORE

    Characterisation of the small RNAs that regulate the response of plants to two gall-inducing pest insects
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR ISA (Nice-Sophia-Antipolis), UMR IGEPP (Rennes), UMR IJPB (Versailles)

    2016

     

    The PANDORE project proposes exploring the potential efficacy of applying non-coding small RNAs to the organs of plants along with epigenetic regulation to combat two gall-inducing pathogenic agents. This biostimulation solution offers an opportunity to diversify pest control methods as a complement to the genetic resistance of varieties, and with the objective of replacing chemical solutions. This is an original research field of great strategic interest as it opens the door to the development of innovative biostimulation approaches that are of particular interest to industrialists in crop protection and agricultural supply. This project is generic in nature and will therefore benefit a wide range of cultivated species through the development of translational approaches.

     

    PANDORE

     Stress’n’Sym

    Interplay between environmental factors and Mycorrhizal symbiosis in grass fitness
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR LIPM (Toulouse), UMR IJPB (Versailles), UMR IPS2 (Paris-Saclay)

    2016

     

    In a context of reducing synthetic inputs and making use of beneficial biotic interactions, the Stress'n'Sym project uses association genetics to explore the efficacy of the plant's interactions with microorganisms in the soil (arbuscular mycorrhizae), in various combinations of soil resources. This approach may enable the identification of the chromosome regions involved in the expression of resource-dependent differential responses. This project supports the creation of a unique scientific community that is particularly strategic in terms of scientific leadership in this area, which has potentially very significant implications in terms of partnerships with the selection and agricultural supply sectors.

     

    STRESS'N'SYM

 

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    Choix de mon Blé meunier

    Choix de mon Blé meunier : Development of a computer application to aid in the selection of varieties for Flour milling
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Arvalis Institut du Végétal

    2017

     

    In the context of significant developments in digital applications for use in farming, the Choix de Mon Blé Meunier (Selection of my Milling Wheat) project offers to develop software to aid in the selection of wheat varieties for use in flour milling. The creation of this tool capitalises on the exhaustive Arvalis database, which contains multi-criteria and multi-year data on the agronomical and technological characteristics of tender wheat varieties. This tool is original in particular because it enables the varietal characteristics of a range of preselected varieties to be compared using a multi-criteria approach, and because it introduces criteria that fall under future prospects. This project will improve the visibility of the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute among potential industrialist partners who are interested in co-developing this type of tool, and will help to position the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute as a leader in the development of decision-support tools.

     

    CHOIX DE MON BLE MEUNIER

    FertiWeb® Dynamic

    Decision support tool for dynamic piloting of nitrogen fertilisation
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Arvalis Institut du Végéral

    2017

     

    The adjustment of the nitrogen fertilisation of large-scale crops is a major challenge in the reasoning behind technical itineraries (production, quality, environment). The objective of the FertiWeb® Dynamic project, supported by Arvalis - Institut de Végétal, is to develop a decision-support tool for the calculation of nitrogen doses using a dynamic approach, i.e. by continuously updating the climate data and technical itineraries available. FertiWeb® Dynamic offers significant development potential for cooperatives and agricultural traders as well as for agricultural software companies in a context of exponential growth in the sector. The increased TRL and the positioning of this tool give the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute vital appeal within the agricultural digital sector. Currently being developed on straw cereals, in the short-term its generic nature will enable developments in oilseed and protein species.

     

    FERTIWEB DYNAMIC

    INTEROPERABILITE

    Development of a multi-criteria cropping system assessment tool
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Arvalis Institut du Végétal

    2017

     

    The members of the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute teams possess complementary skills. The systematisation of these skills enables the creation of tools that have particularly promising development potential. This is the case for multi-criteria cropping system assessment tools, such as SYSTERRE, developed by Arvalis and Terres Inovia. The pairing of these tools with the AGROSYS information system developed by Inra opens up particularly promising fields of development, both for academic research and for industrialist partners who are committed to the ex-ante assessment of the impact of their new solutions on cropping systems.

     

    INTEROPERABILITE

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    PROMISES

    Prediction of yield and quality in sunflower crops at the regional level using remote satellite sensing and agronomic modelling
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: UMR AGIR (Toulouse)

    2017

     

    The objective of the PROMISES project is to develop a yield prediction tool demonstrator for sunflower crops through a combination of modelling and remote satellite sensing approaches. The project is one of the priorities of the Plant2Pro Carnot Institute for the development of digital solutions in agriculture. It aims both to improve models relating to sunflower seed quality and to pair agronomic models with remote sensing data by making use of the potential of the Sentinel® network. 

     

    PROMISES

    L-i-cite

    Working towards a crowdsourcing platform to elicit the knowledge of crop yield experts
    Plant2Pro® bodies involved: Arvalis Institut du Végétal, UMR Agronomie (Paris-Grignon)

    2016

     

    This project proposes developing methods for the assessment of cropping system performance (cereal production systems in particular) and promoting summaries of knowledge and interactions between stakeholders by answering strategic questions (selection of cropping systems) and tactical questions (short-term yield prediction). It will allow the Plant2Pro® Carnot Institute to gain true expertise in methods that are still not widely used: the probabilistic elicitation of the knowledge of experts (retranscription of the knowledge of experts in the form of a probability distribution) and the combination of this knowledge with outputs from models and from local observations. The proposed approach is highly strategic in the agricultural digital sector, in which certain web giants (GAFA) are positioning themselves in the United States.

     

    L-I-CITE