News

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...

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 ...

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 ge...

Main results

The sunflower genome decoded

INRA scientists have completed the sunflower genome sequence. This achievement comes as part of the SUNRISE project in collaboration with the International sunflower genome consortium. This majore advancement will help improve varietal sunflower breeding programs, a very promising area of research wich 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. >Read more...

 

Development of new tools:

The Heliaphen phenotyping facility

The heliaphen phenotyping facility was brought into service in 2013 in the frame of the Oleosol project with the Sunrise project involvement. It enables the simultaneous and automatic testing of 1,300 sunflower plants. The robot is a unique prototype designed specially to control water supply levels and measure the morphological and growth characteristics of the plant. >Read more...

 

Two Axiom®  arrays

The two Axiom®  arrays are innovative, high-throughput genotyping tools with a capacity of 50,000 and 600,000 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), designed within the frame of the SUNRISE project. These arrays are already used by SUNRISE's partners. >Read more...