A first and specific agreement has just been signed in the context of this framework. It initiates a new, two-year project on vine health and wood diseases. Indeed, this theme is a priority of common interest insofar as the USA and France are two major wine producers and consumers, ranking 6th and 3rd respectively at a global level in terms of the surface areas of their vineyards. A second project on the composition of cow’s milk and health is currently in preparation and will aim to explore jointly the potential health benefits of non-nutritional components present at very low levels in milk.
Both projects will enable collaborations and exchanges, notably among young scientists with high potential in these promising areas. They have been jointly selected and supported by University of California, Davis and INRAE, based on the excellence of the research envisaged and the quality of the teams involved. Although the visits initially scheduled have been postponed because of the pandemic, online and remote discussions on the development of these scientific collaborations are already under way.