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INRAe (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food & the Environment) is a public research establishment of 12,000 people with more than 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France. The institute is among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, in plant and animal sciences, and in ecology and environment. Six different INRAe laboratories will contribute to DOMINO: MICALIS institute (Food and Gut Microbiology for Human Health); SAYFOOD (Paris-Saclay Food and Bioproduct Engineering); MaIAGE (MAthematics and computer scIence Applied from the Genome to the Environment); UNH (Human Nutrition Unit); UMRF (Cheese Research Unit) and MYCSA (Mycology and Food Safety). INRAe will work with two associated partners: AgroParisTech and CRNH (National center for Human Nutrition Research).


Role in the project

INRAe is the coordinating organisation of DOMINO. INRAe’s researchers, together with colleagues from INRAE’s linked third parties (AgroParisTech and CRNH – see below)  will contribute to the long-term nutritional diet trial targeting milk kefir and in two downstream mechanistic studies in animal models. They will also be involved in the development of several plant-based fermented foods and contribute to the construction of an open Food Microbiome Database. INRAe’s ambition in the project will also be to drive the use of synthetic microbial ecology experimental strategies and of ex-vivo models for microbial risk assessment. Lastly, INRAe will coordinate the French Living Lab.

AgroParisTech is a French higher education institution, known as a grande école.
The Centres de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine or CRNHs is a network of human nutrition research centres in France.


Stéphane Chaillou

Research Director at MICALIS

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Christophe Chassard

Research Director at UMRF

INRAE_Emmanuelle Maguin

Emmanuelle Maguin

Research director at MICALIS

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Florence Forget

Research Director at MYCSA

INRAE_Isabelle Savary-Auzeloux

Isabelle Savary-Auzeloux

Research director at UNH


Mahendra Mariadassou

Senior researcher at MaIAGE

INRAE_Marie Champomier

Marie Champomier-Vergès

Research director at MICALIS

INRAE_Pascal Bonnarme

Pascal Bonnarme

Research director at SAYFOOD


Valentin Loux

Research Engineer at MaIAGE

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