Ranked 1st research institute in agronomy in Europe and second worldwide, INRA carries out mission-oriented research towards the development of a sustainable and competitive agriculture, environmental preservation, food quality and human nutrition and ranks among the top 1% most-cited research bodies. Research resources are divided over 13 research divisions and are done in 17 research centers distributed in mainland France and Caribbean Islands. The Research Institute of Horticulture and Seeds (IRHS, Angers) is recognized as international leader in fruit breeding, plant pathology and seed desiccation tolerance and longevity. It has been involved in researches on Xylella since 2013, characterizes and genotypes the strains emerging in France. The Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes (LIPM, Toulouse) has an internationally recognized experience in the fields of microbial genomics and bacterial pathogenicity. The Center for Biology and Population Management (CBGP, Montpellier) is worldwide known for its impact in taxonomy and evolutionary biology. The Biostatistics and Spatial Processes (BioSP, Avignon) is recognized for its high-level theoretical and applied research in spatio-temporal statistics and mathematics applied to ecology and epidemiology.
Role in the Project
Members of the four INRA units participating in XF_ACTORS have complementary skills and will participates mostly in four WPs : i) WP2 to characterize Xf pathogenicity, biology, metabolic profiling and genomics in order to unravel the determinants of host range specifity with a special emphasis on isolates emerging in France (IRHS and LIPM); ii) WP5 to provide data on vector identification, population dynamics and associated microbiome (CBGP) and iii) WP8 to develop models to assess risk management and optimal control strategies (BioSP).