INRA has an internationally recognised experience in many disciplines related to agronomy, crop protection (including the use of plant protection products), pest biology. It has recently placed increased emphasis on multidisciplinary research linking biology of crop-pest systems to agronomy and social sciences. As an example, INRA has been coordinating the ENDURE NoE since 2007, pushing forward a systems approach to crop protection issues. At INRA, geneticists, specialists of plant health and mathematicians work together on the durability of resistances, including the spatial management of resistant genes. The study of physiological and molecular plant-pest interactions with the prospect of exploiting plant defence processes mobilise a large network of INRA labs. INRA currently invests in agro-ecology and this will reinforce the domain of biological control in a broad sense.


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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE