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Divisions strategy

CEPIA: Science and Process Engineering of Agricultural Products
MIA: Applied Mathematics and Informatics

The work of the Science for Food and Bioproduct Engineering (CEPIA) Division focuses on the post-harvest part of agri-food systems. His mission is to produce knowledge that will lead to the improvement or conception of processes for the transformation of organic raw material into finalized products displaying specific functionalities.

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The mission of the Applied Mathematics and Informatics Division are two-fold: Mission I: conducting research on mathematics, informatics, and how they interact with other disciplines with a view to addressing major challenges in the biological and environmental sciences. Mission II: promoting and facilitating the development of mathematical and computational tools as part of the digital transition at INRA and partner institutions; in this way MIA contributes to the actions of the institute that impact society. 

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SAE2: Social Sciences, Agriculture and Food, Rural Development and Environment
SAD: Science for Action and Development

INRA’s Plant Health and Environment (SPE) Division investigates issues related to crop health. Its researchers explore means of protecting crops against pests (e.g., pathogens, harmful insects, and weeds); examine interactions between plants and microorganisms that could promote plant health; and seek to maintain the services provided by pollinators.
Perspectives on crop protection have changed dramatically over the past decade. The 2008 Grenelle Environment Forum, which produced the Ecophyto programme, and European Directive 2009/128/EC underscored that agricultural systems should incorporate the core values of sustainability and respect for the environment. In this vein, they highlighted that agricultural research, and especially research on plant health, should help unshackle farming systems from pesticide use.

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The SAD Division focuses on the interactions between food, agriculture and the environment, through the analysis of actors and of their actions. The latter are envisaged as technical practices, work activities, the design of actions to be taken, intentions, learning, know-how and knowledge.
The Division's scientific objective is to generate knowledge, approaches and methods that will: i) facilitate an understanding of the changes under way that affect farming and food systems in different territories , different actors and levels of action (individual, collective, organised, public), ii) inform the disputes and controversies they trigger, and iii) support the dynamics of innovation towards greater sustainability.

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EFPA: Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology
SPE: Plant Health and Environment

The division’s work is carried out in a context of global change marked by the local and regional consequences of anthropization. In this context, the EFPA division is tasked with the following missions:
- Produce knowledge about the structure, function and evolutionary changes of ecosystems;
- Propose methods and strategies for the sustainable management of resources and environments;
- Inform public policies regarding major issues linked to global change.

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The Social Sciences, Agriculture and Food, Rural Development and Environment (SAE2) Division is specialised in the application of economic and social sciences to the fields of food, agriculture, the environment and rural development.  Research carried out by the division aims, on the one hand, at understanding function and economic and social changes in agriculture, the agrifood and agribusiness industries, and nutrition, in close conjunction with global and local environmental challenges, and on the other hand, informing public debate and public/private decision-making.

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PHASE: Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems
BAP: Plant Biology and Breeding

Three core tasks guide the research conducted by the Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems (PHASE) Division:
Developing practices and systems of animal husbandry which combine economic, social and environmental performance and animal health and welfare; Understanding and managing the mechanisms which govern the development of phenotypes, behaviour and products in mammals, birds and fish; Establishing animal selection criteria to meet the challenges of ensuring global food security through production systems which are efficient and respectful of the environment, natural resources and animal welfare.

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By mobilising different disciplines, our research aims to produce fundamental and operational knowledge on the functioning of plants in interaction with their environment, and to integrate this knowledge in order to stabilise and/or increase production, improve the quality of plant products, support the development of agroecological approaches, diversify cultivated species and the uses of plant products and offer sources of raw materials that are adapted to the needs of the bioeconomy. 

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ALIMH: Nutrition, Chemical Food Safety and Consumer Behaviour
SA: Animal Health

The objective of INRA's Nutrition, Chemical Food Safety and Consumer Behaviour Division (AlimH) is to study dietary behaviours and their links to health, well-being and the environment, to evaluate the safety of foods, notably by characterising any exposure to xenobiotic risks of food origin, and to conduct research on nutrition security in terms of its health, environmental and social dimensions.

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The Animal Health division produces the scientific knowledge needed to ensure animal health and welfare and increase the economic, environmental, social and sanitary performance of livestock farms. research is focused on the detection, control, prevention and elimination of infectious animal diseases. His research is focused on the detection, control, prevention and elimination of infectious animal diseases.

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EA: Environment and Agronomy
GA: Animal Genetics

The division’s ultimate goal is to develop, formalise, and disseminate scientific information that will help stakeholders strike the right balance between agricultural production and environmental impact risks. The expectation is that such research will yield knowledge, tools, and methodologies applicable at different spatial scales that can be used in the following ways: to understand and observe agroecosystem functioning, to assess the yield  and environmental impacts of agroecosystems, to design i) new crop varieties, ii) farming techniques, methods, and systems, iii) agricultural landscapes, and iv) strategies for managing natural resources.

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The division’s missions are in part defined by the law: since 1966, and until a new European directive enters into force in late 2018, the French government has invested INRA with the task of calculating the genetic value of animal species which are managed collectively, in particular ruminants.  This mission is based on research efforts to study the genome and traits of interest in these species, as well as on population management and genetic improvement methods.

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MICA: Microbiology and the Food Chain
 

The Microbiology and the Food Chain Division (MICA) brings together INRA expertise in microbiology of the food chain, including animal and human health and biotechnologies. The division studies microorganisms (phages, bacteria, yeasts, fungi, microalgae): those which are food-related (resident, transformation, spoilage flora), those associated with animals and human beings (pathogens/commensals) and those used in biotechnologies and environmental biorefineries.

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