Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement

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INRAE is the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment stemming from the merger in 2020 of two leading research organisations: INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research) and IRSTEA (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture). INRAE has as its mission to carry out excellent science in order to provide innovative solutions addressing global challenges, notably climate change, biodiversity and food security while at the same time enabling the much-needed agroecological, nutritional and energy transitions. This research also serves policy making from regional to international levels, thereby contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. With more than 250 research and experimental units (within 18 regional research centres and in 14 scientific departments), INRAE works in close cooperation with a wide range of external partners (farmers, industry groups, SMEs, NGOs, regional governments, higher education, etc.) supporting a continuum between fundamental research and applied research and fostering a cross-disciplinary approach. It has a well-established network of national and European-led research infrastructures providing the data and services required to advance public and private research. INRAE received the European Commission’s Human Resources (HR) Excellence in Research Award. It has put forward Open Science as one of its priorities by setting up an Open Science Directorate and various tools to facilitate the uptake of open methods by its researchers.

Competence and main role(s) in the project

Most of the work will at the Herbivore Research Unit (UMRH) that has an international recognized expertise in herbivore nutrition and husbandry with special focus on environment, product quality and sustainable production systems. New research programs focus on multi criteria evaluation of livestock farming systems, including the effect of innovative management strategies to improve sustainability and mitigate the impacts of animal production on greenhouse gas emissions. The research team at UMRH has a proven expertise in the area of gastrointestinal microbial ecology of ruminants. INRAE will be in charge of the coordination of the project and will participate in WP1, WP2 and WP3.

Project staff

Diego Morgavi
Research director at INRAE, he has a long-track expertise in microbiome research applied to ruminants. He authored more than 120 publications in international journals (Hi 37). D. Morgavi has coordinated an ANR project and participated as PI in several European and ERA Net projects (MASTER, AnimalChange, SMEthane, RumenStability, RedNex, etc.).
Milka Popova
Senior research scientist with expertise in ruminant microbiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics, as well as in vitro/in vivo techniques for evaluating microbiomes. She has the expertise to study the role of microbiomes in health and disease. Milka Popova is the PI in ERA Net projects RumenPredict and MethLAB and is also involved in MASTER.
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Annabelle Meynadier
Lecturer in animal nutrition at Toulouse National Veterinary School. She leads the Nutrition and Digestive Ecosystem team and has expertise in ruminant nutrition and microbial metabolites.
Christel Marie-Etancelin
Christel Marie-Etancelin holds a PhD and HDR in animal genetics with a long expertise in ruminants. She is presently involved in breeding programs for ovine breeds.