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Inauguration de Ferticap. 
De gauche à droite : Abraham Escobar Gutiérrez (Président centre Inra Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Poitiers), Alain Rousset (Président de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine), Philippe Mauguin (PDG de l’Inra), Philippe De Guenin (Directeur de la Draaf Nouvelle-Aquitaine), François Gastal (Directeur de l’unité expérimentale Ferlus au centre Inra NAP), Yves Jean (Président de l’Université de Poitiers), Alice Fatet (Animatrice reproduction caprine innovante Ferlus au centre Inra NAP).

INRA creates Ferticap and Siclex: new experimental facilities for sustainable goat systems and grassland management

On Tuesday 30 April 2019 in Lusignan, Philippe Mauguin, President of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, opened two new experimental facilities, Ferticap and Siclex, alongside Abraham Escobar Gutiérrez, President of INRA’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Poitiers Research Centre.

Updated on 09/02/2019
Published on 05/02/2019

Ferticap: an experimental facility on goat reproduction to foster sustainable goat breeding systems

France is the leading country in Europe for the production and processing of goat’s milk and Nouvelle-Aquitaine is the most important region for goat’s milk and cheese, with 34% of French dairy goats and 44% of the milk collected and processed.  

In Lusignan, Ferticap and the Patuchev platform are contributing to research by INRA’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Poitiers Research Centre on the sustainability of dairy goat systems. Patuchev, which opened in 2013, focuses on goat nutrition based on a combination of grass and forage legumes. Ferticap develops and provides breeders with innovative tools and techniques with respect to reproduction.

Ferticap aims to improve the control of reproduction, from the rearing of young animals to the birth of kids on the farm after insemination. This unique and original entity is based on a network of breeders: it includes breeding facilities and analytical and cryopreservation laboratories. The areas explored by Ferticap will concern the development of methods to replace the use of hormones to synchronise oestrus, the optimised production of semen for insemination and the effects of breeding conditions on the reproductive potential of young animals.

INRA in Lusignan has longstanding and strong relationships with the goat sector, goat breeders and agricultural development agencies. INRA also draws strength from the Rexcap and Redcap regional networks, the Ferticap network of breeders and the new Joint Technology Unit on Sustainable Goat Systems for the Future (UMT SC3D), set up with the Breeding Institute. Regional institutional partners are also crucial, and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council and Europe are supporting the new Ferticap initiative.

  

Siclex: a simulator of extreme climates to study the adaptation of grasslands to climate change

At a global level, grasslands account for most of the utilised agricultural area. Beneficial to the environment and a source of independence for livestock farmers, they could enable agriculture to deal with the challenge of adapting to climate change. But how do grasslands react when faced with a lack of water combined with higher temperatures and rising CO2 levels?

In Lusignan, a Simulator of Extreme Climates (Siclex) now enables the conduct of experiments on the adaptation of grasslands to climate change. The equipment was funded thanks to a partnership between Europe, INRA, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council and the Fondation Xavier Bernard.

Siclex combines several systems and innovations to simulate extreme climates. A mobile shelter intercepts rainfall over a plot to simulate drought, while a system to heat the vegetation creates hot conditions and in the future, another to raise atmospheric CO2 levels will complete the equipment. Automated measurements enable an evaluation of the impact of these climatic extremes on grassland species. Siclex is also equipped with an irrigation system and can modify the quality of light reaching the plants.

Philippe Mauguin explained: “INRA is playing an important role in helping agriculture to deal with the challenge of climate change. We are conducting experiments under real-life conditions and designing innovative solutions in partnership with farmers in order to favour a better adaptation of practices to climatic hazards. That is what we wish to demonstrate today in Poitiers through these two experimental facilities”.

Inauguration de Ferticap. De gauche à droite : Abraham Escobar Gutiérrez (Président centre Inra Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Poitiers), Alain Rousset (Président de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine), Philippe Mauguin (PDG de l’Inra), Philippe De Guenin (Directeur de la Draaf Nouvelle-Aquitaine), François Gastal (Directeur de l’unité expérimentale Ferlus au centre Inra NAP), Yves Jean (Président de l’Université de Poitiers), Alice Fatet (Animatrice reproduction caprine innovante Ferlus au centre Inra NAP).
Inauguration de Ferticap. De gauche à droite : Abraham Escobar Gutiérrez (Président centre Inra Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Poitiers), Alain Rousset (Président de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine), Philippe Mauguin (PDG de l’Inra), Philippe De Guenin (Directeur de la Draaf Nouvelle-Aquitaine), François Gastal (Directeur de l’unité expérimentale Ferlus au centre Inra NAP), Yves Jean (Président de l’Université de Poitiers), Alice Fatet (Animatrice reproduction caprine innovante Ferlus au centre Inra NAP).

  

Download the press file on the opening of Ferticap and Siclex

   

Contact(s)
Scientific contact(s):

Press Relations:
Armelle Pérennès / chargée de communication (05 49 55 61 39), Inra service de presse (01 42 75 91 86)
Associated Division(s):
Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems , Environment and Agronomy, Plant Biology and Breeding
Associated Centre(s):
Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Poitiers

Crucial regional institutional partners

The construction of Ferticap, at a total cost of €1,430,000, was funded jointly by INRA (€390,000), the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council (€340,000) and Europe through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (€700,000).

Siclex was set up in the context of the Econat programme under the State-Region Project for 2013-2020. It received support from Europe (ERDF), INRA, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council and the Fondation Xavier Bernard, which respectively contributed 57%, 24%, 15% and 4% to the total equipment costs of €655,000.

Logos inauguration Ferticap et Siclex. © INRA
Logos inauguration Ferticap et Siclex © INRA