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ReMIX H2020 - Intercrops

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique


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INRA is a French public research institute working on agriculture, food and food security, environment and land management, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development. INRA ranks second in the world and first in Europe for publications in agriculture and forestry. INRA’s goals are to: (i) serve the public interest by maintaining a balance between excellence of research and societal demands; (ii) produce and disseminate scientific knowledge and innovation in agriculture, forestry, food and environment; (iii) promote scientific and technical culture and foster science/society debates.


Contact Person:  Eric Justes | ; Jean-Noël Aubertot, 

Overall, eight INRA research units and experimental stations will contribute to ReMIX: AGIR, GQE, IGEPP, UMR Agronomie, UMR Agroécologie, P3F, Eco&Sols, SAD Paysage:

  • AGroecologies, Innovations & Ruralities - AGIR ( UMR AGIR is a joint research unit dedicated to promote an agroecological production and bringing together researchers in agronomy, ecophysiology, (agro) ecology, plant pathology, management, economics and sociology. Our research unit aims at producing knowledge for farmers, advisors and actors involved in the agri-food chain on agrosystems, trades and development agents skills, strategies of supply, collection and processing companies. Contact Person: Laurent Bedoussac; 
  • Quantitative Genetics and Evolution – Le Moulon ( GQE Le Moulon has an expertise in the genetics of complex traits (quantitative genetics) and breeding methodologies, mainly applied to maize and wheat. Team DEAP has a recognised excellence in the study of adaptation and quantitative traits in wheat experimental populations, with strong interest in the design and breeding of cultivar mixtures, as well as participatory breeding. GQE has proposed different diversity indexes to survey variety diversity at the county level. Contact Person: Jérome Enjalbert, 
  • Institute for Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection - IGEPP ( IGEPP’s objective is to describe, understand and predict the functioning of plants, their associated organisms and the agroecosystems, in order to contribute to the development of new methods improving plant health and protection against biotic and abiotic aggressions, while maintaining the biodiversity and health of agroecosystems. Research at IGEPP focuses on three basic scientific domains: 1) Biodiversity of plants and associated organisms, 2) Plant response and adaptation of associated organisms to biotic and abiotic stresses, and 3) Agroecosystems functioning. Contact Person: Alain Baranger, 
  • UMR Agronomie ( Research is focused on co-design, with agricultural partners and farmers, of management practices and innovative arable cropping systems including a diversity of crops, among them being legume crops. UMR Agronomie is also specialist in designing support tools for crop management and assessment of ecosystem services. Moreover, UMR Agronomie has developed global approaches in Agronomy, based on statistical analyses of national and international databases and crop modelling. It is involved in several national and international projects on legumes aiming at assessing the benefits of growing legumes, at different scales, and designing legume-based cropping systems. Contact Person: Marie-Hélène Jeuffroy,
  • UMR Agroécologie ( The unit investigates biotic interactions among plants as well as between plants and microorganisms, with the ultimate goal to design and evaluate innovative and environment-friendly agricultural systems. The team involved in ReMIX will 1) study and model crop-weed interactions in multi-specific canopies, 2) design crop ideotypes and cropping systems for species mixtures aiming at sustainable weed management. Contact Person: Nathalie COLBACH, 
  • Research Unit Grasslands and Forage plants - URP3F ( URP3F belongs to two INRA research divisions: Environment & Agronomy; Plant Biology. Main objectives of URP3F are to generate knowledge in Ecophysiology, Genetic and Plant Breeding, with experimental and modelling approaches, to improve beneficial usage of grasslands, their efficiency and their persistency, and adapt grasslands to climate change, through increasing of sown diversity and better management. Contact Person: Isabelle Litrico, 
  • UMR Eco&Sols ( Expertise in root/rhizosphere ecology and soil biogeochemistry applied to ecological intensification of agroecosystems, with a peculiar focus on improving N and P use efficiency in legume-based intercropping or agroforestry systems. Field as well as lab experiments are conducted in a range of Mediterranean and tropical conditions, while several geochemical/ecophysiological/ecological models are being developed/tested. Contact Person: Philippe Hinsinger,
  • UMR Biodiversité, Agroécologie et Aménagement du Paysage ( The INRA UMR BAGAP (Biodiversity, Agroecology, Management of Landscape) belongs to “Science for Action and Development” department of INRA. The team consists of about 20 persons in which Véronique Chable‘s group (BCRP, Cultivated Biodiversity and Participatory Research) is working on multi-actor and transdisciplinary researches which aims to enlarge crop diversity for organic and low input agriculture and to support informal seed system in Europe. Contact Person:  Véronique Chable,