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Summer school organized by TomGEM partner INRA and the University of Bordeaux has been a success

The TomGEM partner ‘Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)’ recently joint forces with the University of Bordeaux (UB) to host a two-week summer school from17th to 29th July, 2016 looking at “French Agriculture in Aquitaine: from the laboratory to the field”.

Japanese students, from the University of Tsukuba, joined French students in a rich collection of seminars and lab-work, focused on the impact of climate change on agricultural production. The students performed experiments related to the work of TomGEM, including microscopy analysis of pollen germination and development under high ambient temperatures, or following heat-waves.

Numerous visits to farm, industrial sites and laboratories showed how the research is applied and gave the students insight to the professional world. One of the visits was to Tom d'Aqui, a tomato producer linked to another TomGEM partner: SAS Rougeline.

The summer school was a great success. INRA plans to extend next year’s summer school to allow participation of students from France, Japan and America.

Group of students during the summer school programme
During the summer school programme a group of students…
Group of students exploring all about tomatoes
…was able to explore all about tomatoes…
Group of students performing experiments and conducting research
…by performing experiments and conducting research…
Group of students visiting professional tomato production sites and laboratories
…and by visiting professional tomato production sites and laboratories.