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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:

    • 26 research projects launched since 2014 for a total of 2,2 M€ .
    • One interdisciplinary project coupling genetics, history and mathematics to understand the breeding history of roses started in 2016
    • 16 additional permanent scientists have been hired since 2014
    • 2 Regional Excellence fellowships “Connectalent” funded the arrival of two senior scientists (1.5 M€) to develop new projects on epigenetics and phenotype imaging: E. Bucher & D. Rousseau.
    • E. Bucher obtained an ERC Consolidator grant in 2016 for the “BUNGEE” project on plant epigenetic adaptations to stress (2 M€).
    • 7 priority international partners have been selected in Europe, New-Zealand and Latin America
    • 2 research projects launched in cooperation with the "Molecular plant breeding" laboratory of the University of Hanover (Germany) and the phytopathology laboratory of the University of Wageningen (Netherlands).
    • 3 research projects being set up with the University of Sao-Paulo (Brazil), the Corporation for Biological Research (Colombia) and the University of Turino (Italy).