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Dernière mise à jour : Mai 2018

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Unité de Recherches Avicoles


In 2018, the Inra URA unit becomes the UMR BOA, Avian Biology & Poultry Research, by collaborating with the University of Tours.

In continuation of its project, the UMR BOA conducts integrated research on the biology of birds, from the molecular level to that of the animal in its environment. Its objective is to produce knowledge in the fields of physiology and genetics and to contribute to the development of sustainable livestock systems.

The research is based on three axes shared by the four teams of the unit:

  • To characterize the physiological, molecular, and genetic mechanisms underlying the biological functions of birds (metabolism, growth and development, digestion, plasticity, egg formation and function) ;
  • To propose evaluation tools, by developing indicators or biomarkers that can be used in selection programs and during rearing to improve bird adaptability and the quality of products (eggs and meat) ;
  • To integrate knowledge and tools so as to contribute to the transition from animal husbandry systems to multi-performance and to the food and non-food valuation of poultry products.

The Unit is also involved in comparative approaches between species in order to elucidate the specificities of the bird model. In order to promote the transfer of research results into poultry production practices, the UMR BOA, along with ITAVI, co-pilots the action program developed by the UMT BIRD – Poultry Farming, Systems and Territory.