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The National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) is a seasoned research institute aiming at contributing to a competitive agriculture, respectful of the environment, adapted to human nutritional needs and to new agricultural products practices. In that way, the institute develops a scientific multidisciplinary and international research of excellence.


With more than 1800 researchers in 17 research centers across the country, the INRA addresses five main priority thematic issues dealing with

i) food security in a context of transitions,

ii) multi-performance of agricultures,

iii) adaptation of agricultural and forestry systems to the climate change,

iv) development of sustainable food systems,

v) complementary uses of bioresources, to produce fundamental knowledge and to build, through them, innovations and know-how for society.



The INRA Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes center develops multidisciplinary research in the field of integrated biology of models and cultivated plants ; grass-based rearing, their derived products and territorial impacts ; ecology of aquatic systems under anthropic constraints ; but also human nutrition.


Regarding this last specific topic and in a context where nutritional diseases and aging become a public health issue, research aims to understand the relationship between diet, food and health. Research focuses especially on

i) food quality and nutritional improvement,

ii) metabolism regulation mechanisms induced by nutrition,

iii) relationship between microbiota, diet and health of the host,

iv) impact of public policies for sustainable eating behaviors.


The 5thof March 2018, the INRA Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes center presented its site strategy and announced « to advocate for Lyonbiopôle to bring together the whole regional nutrition and health partners by integrating all the dimensions of this domain ».


That’s why, the National Institute decided to become a member of Lyonbiopôle, and thus, joins the cluster community.