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    Reinforce the visibility and attractiveness of basic research

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    Reinforce the visibility and attractiveness of basic research

    Consolidate the three priority areas in horticulture and seed production

    • Sustainable management of plant health
    • Seed biology, quality and health
    • Qualities and valorisation of horticultural products

    Accelerate the increase in growing approaches and research fields such as

    • High-throughput phenotyping
    • Epigenetics
    • Omics, modelling, big data treatment
    • Integration of plants in urban and peri-urban areas


    Main results expected by 2020:

    • An European or international leadership on the priority areas
    • An increase in the workforce:
      • + 10 % of teachers-researchers, researchers, engineers
      • more PhD or post-doc fellowships
    • More interdisciplinary research projects with other regional or national research teams
    • A prominent international influence, visible by:
      • a successful candidate at the European Research Council grant (ERC)
      • the setting up of strategic international partnerships
      • an increased participation in international networks

    First results:

    • 53 research projects (PhDs, post-docs, starters) launched since 2014 to develop new research topics and new skills (total amount of aid: 4.7 M€).
    • 2 interdisciplinary projects, one coupling genetics, history and mathematics to understand the breeding history of roses , one strengthening the links with the "Sea cluster".
    • 16 additional permanent scientists hired since 2014.

    • 2 Regional Excellence fellowships "Connectalent" for the arrival of two senior scientists (1.5 M€) to develop new projects on epigenetics and imaging for plant phenotyping: E. Bucher & D. Rousseau.

    • 1 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant awarded to E. Bucher in 2016 for his “BUNGEE” project on plant epigenetic adaptations to stress for directed plant breeding (2 M€).
    • 1 International symposium on Plant EPI/Genetics. Angers. October 29-31 2018.

    • 7 priority international partners have been selected in Europe, New Zealand and Latin America.
    • 6 research projects launched in cooperation with the Universities of Hanover (DE), Wageningen (NL) , Turino (IT), Innsbruck (AUT), Sao-Paulo State University (Brazil) and the Corporation for Biological Research (Colombia).
    • 1 in preparation with the University of Massey and Plant and Food Research (New Zealand).