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International strategy

The Roadmap of the Objectif Végétal, Research,Education & Innovation program includes the implementation of an international strategy that should contribute to the international outreach of the RFI partners and achieve the ambition of becoming a European reference center for Horticulture and Seed science by 2020.

The international strategy was validated by the steering committee of Objectif Végétal on 15 November 2016 and by the Pays de la Loire Region on 13 December 2016.

Seven strategic partners were selected:


Potential topics for research collaboration

UNESP (Brazil)

Seed quality, plant health management, horticulture

University of Hanover (Germany)

Resistance to diseases in roses, phytopathology

Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands)

Seed quality, phytopathology,  rosaceae genetics and genomics (pipe fruits and roses), modelling of plant architecture  and flowering in relation with environmental and genetic factors

Plant & Food Research Centre / University of Massey (New Zealand)

Fruits, especially apples and pears, phytopathology, interactions Venturia/Malus

BioIntropic and the Centre for Biological Resources (Colombia)


University of Turin (Italy)

Physicochemical properties, quality and texture of fruits, sensory analysis, phytopathology, plant stress, epigenetics

Centre for molecular biosciences Innsbruck (Austria)

Phytochemistry and valorisation of naturally based products

The implementation of this international strategy must in particular contribute to:

  • consolidate and promote excellence in key research topics
  • accelerate the development of innovative research fields
  • develop international mobilities
  • increase the number of European and international projects
  • develop joint education programmes and exchanges of students

International post-docs

The "International Post-Doctoral Research Projects" Call for Proposals aims to support fundamental research projects, to consolidate or perpetuate collaborations with leading laboratories on the site's structuring research themes, to get closer to partners in order to accelerate the rise of innovative subjects or to establish international visibility.

The projects must be part of a strategy of reciprocity through co-financing or a mirror project.

7 projects selected since 2015



 Research unit - team/ international partner

 Coordinator/ post-doc fellow

  Project title/Key words


IRHS-EcoFUn / Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands)

Jérôme Collemare - Bruno Le Cam / Jason Shiller (Australia)

Identification and functional characterization of molecular determinants involved in adaptation of fungal pathogens to different host plants / Venturia inaequalis, population, non-host interaction, RNA-seq, molecular evolution


IRHS-GDO / Institute of Plant Genetics - Hannover University (Germany)

Jérémy CLOTAULT / Subarna THAKUR, Deepika LAKHWANI (India)

Genomes of roses : structure and evolution /

Comparative genomics, synteny, structural variants, gene families, Rosa


SONAS/CMBI Innsbruck (Austria)


Jean-Jacques HELESBEUX - Pascal RICHOMME/Antonio Cala Peralta (Spain)

Active Dihydrochalcones from APple Trees: towards added value to local apple production/Apple trees, dihydrochalcones, semisynthesis, biological activities 


IRHS-Fungisem / CIB (Colombia)

Philippe GRAPPIN/Nubia VELASQUEZ (Colombia)

Functional genetic approach in Arabidopsis to describe adaptive mechanisms controlling both seed germination and resistance to the seed-born necrotrophic fungal Alternaria brassicicola /Seed physiopathology, Alternaria bracissicola, biocontrol, seed to seedling pathogen transmission


GRAPPE / Université de Turin (Italy)

Chantal MAURY / Mario GABRIELLI (Italy)

Use of innovative green technologies for the preservation of winegrape quality during the ripening process /Ozone, electrolyzed water, ripening, grape quality, phenolic compounds, VOCs, innovative analytical techniques


IRHS-Conserto / UNESP (Brazil)

Julia BUITINK / Dang Thi Thu (Vietnam)

REgulation of PROGERIA1 (PRO1) genes and their targets in seed longevity in legume seeds /chlorophyll degradation, longevity, soybean, Medicago truncatula


IRHS-EcoFun / Université de Massey et Plant & Food Research (New Zealand)

Bruno LE CAM / Joanna TANNOUS (Lebanon)

How  does VENturia Inaequalis VIrulenCe emerge worldwIde ? / Venturia inaequalis, Effectoromics, Virulence, Durable resistance

International Mobilities

Open continuously, the "International mobilities" call for proposals is the second main tool for implementing the international strategy. It should help to initiate or consolidate partnerships.

The beneficiary of the financial support must be a teacher-researcher, researcher, engineer, technician, post-doctoral student or doctoral student from SFR QUASAV research units or foreign laboratories that are partners of the Objectif Végétal International Strategy. The call is also open for administrative staff of the Objectif Végétal partner institutions or of a foreign structure that is a partner of the International Strategy (see above list of eligible organisations).

Eligible expenses are accommodation and transport costs with a maximum of €7000 per mobility.

In 2019, 8 mobilities took place within the framework of the International Strategy (6 outgoing and 2 incoming).

Jean-Jacques HELESBEUX and Guillaume VIAULT, lecturers at the University of Angers and researchers at SONAS, carried out a 2-week mobility in Austria from 14 to 27 September 2019 for the implementation of a project "In silico-guided design of semisynthetic derivatives" in collaboration with the CMBI of Innsbruck. The CMBI modeling specialists trained the Angevin researchers in the use of in silico screening software in order to enable them to be autonomous in the use of this software.

Alexandre DEGRAVE teacher-researcher of Agrocampus Ouest within the IRHS Respom team carried out a mobility at the Plant & Food Research (NZ) from 20/09/2019 to 20/12/2019 within the Host-microbe interaction team of Joanna Bowen to implement a project "EXPloring apple Induced Resistance with New-Zealand partners".

Institutional missions

Following the visit of the Brazilian UNESP delegation to Angers in July 2017, an 11-person delegation from Angers visited Brazil from 2 to 4 October 2018. The objectives of this mission were to improve the mutual knowledge of the 2 partners, to strengthen the scientific collaborations, to promote the Summer School "Plant Health and Quality" and to set up partnerships at the training level to facilitate the exchange of PhD and Master students.

The programme included :

  • Presentations of UNESP and their Research and Training Internationalization Program, Agrocampus Ouest, University of Angers, SFR QUASAV, RFI Objectif Végétal Program, Master in Plant Biology, Summer School and IHC 2022,
  • A scientific seminar organized around 4 themes: Seed physiology, Plant breeding and genetic diversity - biodiversity - abiotic stresses, Plant pathology and biotic stresses
  • Exchanges with the students through a poster session
  • A work session on prospects for collaboration
  • A visit to the estate of the Faculty of Agronomy

A meeting was also organized with the scientific and academic attachés of the French Consulate in Sao Paulo.

This mission was also the occasion to sign a new multi-thematic agreement between UNESP and the University of Angers. It also enabled AGROCAMPUS OUEST and the University of Angers to be clearly identified as international partners of UNESP within the framework of the Brazilian PRINT programme, which allows the financing of mobility of researchers and doctoral students.

European and international projects

The research units are involved in many European projects as coordinators, work package leaders or partners.
See examples of projects.