SUNRISE, a culture for the future
  • Improve sunflower oil production in a sustainable manner

  • Develop innovative tools and methods

  • Breeding for sunflower hybrids adapted to climate change

  • Gather public and private stakeholders of the French sunflower community

  • An 8 years collaborative and multi-disciplinary project

In brief

In an unprecedented effort - 8 years project, investment of €21m, 16 partners including 9 public laboratories with a specific investment of INRA, 6 companies involved in sunflower breeding and the technical institute in charge of oil crops in France (Terres Inovia) -, the SUNRISE project offers unique opportunities to accelerate the implementation of the genomic prediction of sunflower ideotypes.

The Project

In a context of climate changes and of world increasing demand for oilseed production, it is crucial to improve resistance to drought and yields of sunflower crops in such conditions. To improve genetic characteristics of sunflower varieties, SUNRISE researchers have developed a genomic selection approach.


Symposium on Sunflower and Climate Change

The International Symposium on Sunflower and Climate Change was organized in the frame of the SUNRISE project, by INRA Toulouse (Institut National de Recherche en Agronomie) and the French technical c...

Newsletter SUNRISE available !!!

The second SUNRISE external information letter is available in english. It will allow you to follow the progress of the project with 2 numbers per year. Contact us to suscribe.


NEWS : The sunflower genome has been decoded

INRA scientists have just completed the sunflower reference genome sequence. This achievement comes as part of the SUNRISE project in collaboration with the International sunflower genome consortium. This major advancement will help improve varietal sunflower breeding programs, a very promising area of research which has proven to be an environmental asset for future agricultural systems. It will provide farmers with new varieties that are better adapted to production methods, food production and industrial uses, while also responding to the sector's economic challenges.

With all the public and private partners working together in the SUNRISE project, our ambition is to bring sunflower crop in the post-genomic era. With an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach, we prepare this great potential crop to face the environmental and societal challenges of tomorrow.
Nicolas Langlade, INRA Interactions between plants and microorganisms laboratory (LIPM), Coordinator of the SUNRISE project

Development of innovative tools and methods

Heliaphen phenotyping platform, commissioned in 2013 in the Oleosol project, can experiment simultaneously and automatically 1300 sunflower plants. Two Axiom® arrays, innovative performing genotyping tools have been developed. These tools are already used by SUNRISE partners.