Carnot AgriFood Transition


The Carnot AgriFood Transition Institute contributes through its interdisciplinary research to the development of sustainable food value chains. It is an expert in the following production chains: vegetable crops, dairy, ruminant, pork, poultry, aquaculture and agri-food. 
It is composed of 17 public research laboratories and technical centres, i.e. 575 researchers, located in Brittany, Normandy, Pays de la Loire and New Aquitaine.

Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent) 575
PhD Students 75
Global budget 46,3 M€
Partnership incomes with industry 7,5 M€


AgriFood Transition Carnot Institute
Zoopole Développement
2 Rue Jean Rostand
22440 Ploufragan

+33 (0)6 07 39 55 47

Marketing Business Manager
+33 (0)6 50 03 08 41

Email contact
Email contact
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R&D of sustainable food systems for human health and the environment.
The Carnot AgriFood Transition Institute is dedicated to companies in the agriculture, aquaculture and agri-food sectors that wish to implement new R&D projects in order to improve their competitiveness.

Our commitments :

  • A single entry point to guide you to the skills in line with your R&D project
  • Rapid contractualisation with a single representative
  • Rigorous management of implementation
  • A constant evaluation of your satisfaction
  • Compliance with the Charter of Good Practices concerning Intellectual Property and Knowledge and Technology Transfer of the Carnot Institutes

Crop production

  • Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture
  • Food processing, nutrition
  • Chemical
  • Raw material producers
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Consumer goods
  • Health, pharmaceuticals

Our commitments

  • 1,000 m² of regulated greenhouses and climatic chambers for in vitro or plant culture Livestock productions Experimental animal facility for monogastric animals (pigs, poultry) Aquaculture production
  • Multi-product marine aquaculture platform (fish, shellfish, algae) in open waters or on land. Food processing
  • Technological platforms with conventional and innovative pilot equipment for the main transformation and conservation processes Biotechnology and extraction
  • Chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis reactors (different volumes) Product Characterization
  • Granulometers (dry and liquid)
  • Viscometers, rheometers and texture analysis instruments
  • Molecular marking robots and device

Target market:

  • Agriculture, breeding
  • Aquaculture
  • Agri-food
  • Packaging


Health, quality, environmental impact of agricultural and aquaculture production and associated (bio)technologies

  • crop production (including crop breeding and nutrition)
  • livestock production (including breeding, nutrition and welfare)
  • aquaculture production (including breeding, aquaculture and multi-trophic)

Processing, preservation and traceability of ingredients and foodstuffs

  • food processing: formulation, functional and organoleptic qualities, food processes and biotechnologies 
  • packaging, transport, storage and cold chain  

One Health

  • food safety (microbiological, chemical, physical)
  • nutrition for better health and well-being (including prevention and reduction of chronic disease risks from food exposure)
  • prevention and reduction of occupational risks (chemical, biological, musculoskeletal disorders, psycho-social risks)

Systemic approach and transition of food models and chains integrating societal expectations

  • Development of sustainable food value chains