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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

Dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship among SPS LabEx students

The SPS LabEx shows in its ranks many young talents, in the teaching programs associated with the LabEx as well as among the PhD students in our laboratories. Among these students, some, with the entrepreneurial spirit, want to transform their innovative ideas into marketable products or services. They can find within the Université Paris-Saclay means to turn their dream into a reality.

Students full of ideas tell us about their project...

Canopée project

Marjorie Aubert, “Plant Sciences” Master 2 and Diana Agoïan "Environmental Economics" Master 2, Université Paris-Saclay

Our project is called Canopée (canopy). It consists in a vertical support for growing plants in aeroponics, which corresponds to soilless cultivation where plants are fed through a mist of water and nutrients. Canopée allows you to grow miniature fruit and vegetables, aromatic herbs or to improve the quality of indoor air. To be suitable for the urban lifestyle, our product is designed to require low maintenance, little space and no pesticide. This project was born from two observations. First, the consumption of high quality fruit and vegetables is insufficient and requires organization, whereas we have identified a desire of young people working and families to produce their own vegetables, mint or basil to flavor their food. Secondly, indoor air is 7 times more polluted than outside air, which is a public health issue. Selected plants could significantly improve the quality of indoor air, heavily polluted without our knowledge by chemicals in furniture, paintings, etc. We will therefore propose a mixture of plants, compatible with our support, to enable indoor air decontamination every day and reduce the risk of long-term respiratory problems. Overall, this project fits into the context of a need for new production methods respectful of the environment and a desire to bring nature into the apartments and offices. We are a women's team, Diana economist and Marjorie agronomist, and are laureates of a prize from the Paris-Saclay Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub (PEIPS, Pôle Entrepreneuriat Innovation Paris-Saclay) 2016 and of the "coup de cœur" prize of the At'venture S7 competition jury. 


DiagnoSeed project

Frédéric Chauffour, PhD student at IJPB (ABIES Doctoral School)

Seed quality is a major agronomic parameter that determines field emergence and yield in crops. A batch of high quality seeds will present a rapid and uniform germination in a wide range of environmental conditions and can be stored for several years. Today, despite many research studies, seed quality is still determined using tedious and time-consuming techniques. My DiagnoSeed project consists in developing tools for seed quality diagnosis, based on the analysis of molecular markers in several species (Arabidopsis, cabbage, barley, sunflower, rice, pea, corn). Choosing a limited number of genetic markers will help distinguish quickly and reliably high quality seed batches from those of lower quality. DiagnoSeed will also guide users of the process towards the application of appropriate treatment and/or proper use of their seed batch. Eventually, I hope to change the quality standards of ISTA (International Seed Testing Association) and encourage the use of molecular markers coming from basic research by the seed industry professionals and within the structures of applied research. The DiagnoSeed project is laureate of a prize from the Paris-Saclay Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub (PEIPS, Pôle Entrepreneuriat Innovation Paris-Saclay) 2016.