The purpose of the only Industrial Research Chair in Agronomy in France will focus on finding new ways to understand and control grapevine trunk diseases (GTD). Funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), this Chair reinforces a collaboration initiated in 2015 between the global leader in the cognac sector, Jas Hennessy & Co, and the INRA-Bordeaux Sciences Agro Joint Research Unit for Vine Health and Agroecology. The programme aims to offer an agroecological protection strategy for vineyards that integrates the design of innovative management sequences, biocontrol techniques and genetic improvement. Launched officially at INRA's Bordeaux-Aquitaine Research Centre on 2 December, the "GTD Free" Industrial Chair will consolidate the synergies between research and industrial actors, to the benefit of producers and the sector as a whole.
Located deep within a vast agricultural and forest region, the INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine Centre (France) conducts innovative and targeted plant science, ecological and environmental research in response to current challenges in the agricultural, forestry and aquaculture sectors.
We mobilise a wide range of scientific expertise in environmental physics and chemistry, plant physiology and pathology, agronomy, genetics and ecology for our research projects to addresses four major challenges of regional importance:
1. Strengthen competitiveness and sustainability in the agricultural fruit, forestry and animal production industries.
2. Promote ecological management of agrosystems and cultivated forests.
3. Contribute to a healthy and sustainable diet.
3. Make effective use of plant biomass.