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The Foundation supports three categories of projects:

Research projects Training projects Dissemination, promotion and transfer projects
Exploratory and innovative projects;
Disciplinary projects exploring research fronts;
Major multidisciplinary flagship projects.
Creation of training courses;
Establishment of MOOCs;
International thematic schools.
International scientific events;
Project maturation/transfer;
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Platform REFUGE

An international platform for the elucidation of gene function using rice as a model system ; The RicE FUnctional GEnomics platform

The objective of the Refuge platform is to make available to the plant science community of Agropolis units and their partners from the North and the South the molecular, biological and bioinformatic tools en resources existing in the model cereal crop, rice, for the functional analysis of genes of agronomic relevance. The Agropolis Fondation support allowed the hosting of research projects in a flexible legal and financial framework, the (...)
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Prédiction de l’état hydrique de la Vigne (rédaction PC)

Analysis and prediction of the spatio-temporal variability in vine water status at a microregional scale using local measurements and spatial covariate datasets

Two broad, inter-linked research domains were undertaken within this project. These related to a) the spatial and temporal evolution of vine water stress on the Languedoc viticulture plain and b) how information relating to vine water stress can be used to digitally map sub-soil properties at a regional scale. The first year of research concentrated primarily on the first domain - with an indepth analysis of what environmental factors (...)
Agroecosystem Operation/adaptation Abiotic stress Drought Landscape Model Soil Vigne et vin
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Analysis of Xanthomonas albilineans Gene Expression During Sugarcane Leaf Scald Pathogenesis

Action 1: Carrying out expriments to study gene expression during sugarcane leaf scald pathogenesis Xanthomonas albilineans is the causal agent of leaf scald disease of sugarcane, and a xylem-invading plant pathogenic bacterium. The objective of this project is to identify candidate genes by investigating the full breadth of the response of X. albilineans to sugarcane host environment during the colonization of the xylem . Bacterial (...)
Microscopic (Gene/cell) Plant disease Gene expression Sugar cane
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Antioxidant and nutritional potential of a functional food derived from fermented maize and fruit extracts containing phytosterols, carotenoids and tocopherols.

The general objective is to generate knowledge on the nutritional aspects linked to antioxidants and digestibility of a fermented food prototype with bioactive compounds derived from traditional staples and selected fruits from local and tropical biodiversity.
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APLIM - Advanced Plant Life Imaging and Metrology

Advanced Plant Life Imaging and Metrology. The aim of the project is to federate the scientific community of the plant world in Montpellier and Avignon around new NMR and MRI imaging technologies, currently mainly used in the world of health. APLIM is a structuring project based on State-Regional funding and multidisciplinary, bringing together the communities of physicists, plant biologists and chemists. Ultimately, the prospects of the (...)
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Arbopolis: Strengthening African livelihoods, food and nutrition security using indigenous fruit tree species

Driven by urban consumer demand, selective pressure from farmers and consumers for food tree species is weakening their genetic bases. This affects food tree species’ adaptiveness to withstand environmental changes. Our work focuses on a key food tree species in Cameroon, Dacryodes edulis. Achieving sustainable tree/forest management needs characterization and impact assessment of current management practices including aspects of species’ (...)
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Artisanat et transformation niébé

In the framework of the ICOWPEA project: https://niebe-icowpea.cirad. fr/ (2017-2019), funded by the Agropolis, Daniel& Nina Carasso and Cariplo Foundations, researchers from CIRAD, the University of Abomey Calavi (Benin), IRD and the NGO LARES (Laboratoire d’Analyse Régionale et d’Expertise Sociale - Benin), are conducting research on the development of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) in partnership with women artisans from the popular catering (...)
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Coffee Systems

Assessment of Diversification Strategies in Smallholder Coffee Systems

The Challenge : Expert panel identifies industrial agriculture as key contributor to urgent food systems problems. Food systems contribute around 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
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Assessment of farmer’s tradictional and botanical knowledge regarding the reproductive biology of some of their crops (cassava, cocoa, coconut, banana)

Against the backdrop of a decline in pollinators and rapid agricultural change, the ReproCrop project studies the traditional and botanical knowledge of farmers regarding the mode of reproduction of five of their crops (banana, cocoa, coconut, cassava, and oil palm). Understanding farmers’ agricultural practices and the knowledge systems in which they are embedded thus seems crucial for explaining the present dynamics of crop (...)
Developing the plant of the future Society Varietal improvement Agrobiodiversity Family agriculture Breeding Conservation Diversity/variability Farmers/farmer’s practices/stakeholders Participatory Socioécnomic factors Coconut Cacao Banana Manioc
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Détection et diversité du SCYLV au Kenya

AWARD - Detection of Sugarcane yellow leaf virus by a novel reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification method from three sugarcane production regions in Kenya.

Sugarcane yellow leaf is a disease caused by Sugarcane yellow leaf virus (SCYLV). It is a major emerging disease of sugarcane that has been reported worldwide the last two decades. Efficient tools have been developed for detecting SCYLV but their use requires sophisticated facilities and still remains expensive. Our partners from developing countries cannot easily use them, which hamper an efficient and early diagnostic of the disease in (...)
Agroecology Plant Diversity/variability Genetic diversity
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