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The BIA Unit in some words and key figures

In a context of demographic transitions, food, environmental and energy constraints, and awareness of the links between these factors and public health, the BIA Unit's researches focus on the sustainable transformation of agricultural resources and plant biomass, by integrating the whole processing chain of these resources from construction during the plant development to deconstruction in their end-use.


To achieve this objective, 3 scientific priorities are identified:
1- Control of the quality of crop production to meet the different uses in a context of sustainable agriculture
2- Improvement and development of healthy and sustainable formulated foods for targeted functionalities
3- Design of composite biosourced materials in a biomass valorization perspective

Key figures :

  • 120 permanent staff members: 70 researchers and engineers, 50 technical and administrative staff members
  • 30 PhD students, 20 post-doctoral fellows 
  • Per year: 10 CSD, 30 students (masters, engineers, short course)   


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Bernard Cathala

A scientist from the Unit honored by Nantes Métropole and the Cité des Congrès de Nantes

Bernard Cathala was honored for organizing the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIO-BASED MATERIALS AND COMPOSITES- ICBMC 2017 - March 29-31, 2017
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Plant and Cell Physiology, 60:1 (2019)

Some of the work of the ELIPS team makes the cover page of the journal Plant and Cell Physiology

The publication of Gayral et al. in Plant and Cell Physiology illustrates the cover page of the January 2019 issue of the journal.
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GDR Symbiose & Flower joint meeting24-25-26 April 2019 Nantes - Westotel

GDR Symbiose & Flower joint meeting- 24-25-26 April 2019 Nantes - Westotel

The GDR SYMBIOSE & FLOWER Project are co-organizing a 3-day meeting dedicated to Plant fibres and biopolymers for biobased materials and composites...
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Nantes Excellence Trajectory

Two new projects funded under the NexT Initiative

The BIA Unit is involved in two new projects funded by the NeXT (Nantes Excellence Trajectory) initiative: SHELBY and BRANCH.
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