The fate of carbon in soils: the role and importance of interactions at the scale of microbial habitats
Plant biology, agroecology, food, and economic and social sciences in the Île-de-France region
The Versailles-Grignon Research Centre is one of INRA's 17 regional centres. Based in the heart of the Île-de-France (Paris region), its different units generate knowledge and know-how in the fields of plant biology, agriculture and ecology, nutrition and food sciences.
Activities at the Versailles-Grignon Research Centre focus on four themes:
- Integrative plant biology, biotechnologies and bioresources
- Agroecology and the sustainable management of plant production in different territories
- The economics and sociology of agriculture and nutrition
- Foods, nutrition and health.
The Versailles-Grignon Research Centre comprises 25 research, service or research support units, and one experimental unit, spread between two principal sites - in Versailles and Thiverval-Grignon - with satellites in Evry, Gif-sur-Yvette, Ivry-sur-Seine, Paris and Marne-la-Vallée. At present, slightly more than 1400 people work for INRA's Versailles-Grignon Research Centre.
The Centre is based In the heart of the Île-de-France region, which is a focus for cutting-edge science and technology driven by numerous research and higher education institutions and is therefore in the forefront of European clusters in terms of technological performance measured by the number of European patent filings, also ranking second in Europe for its scientific publications.