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agronomy crop cropping systems
managing pests pesticide use inputs
agricultural systems
challenge of agriculture
innovation plant (annual,perennial,...)
tropical and Mediterranean area environmental footprint of farming

Key figures

13 multidisciplinary research units
300 researchers and teacher-researchers
19 diploma courses
25 short training-education programmes

Thematic directory Agropolis

Download the agronomy thematic file " n° 12 (July 2010, 68 p.) 2nd Edition 2012

agronomy thematic file


Portal contact :
Chantal Salson
Agropolis International
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 49

Coordinator : Jacques Wery
(Montpellier SupAgro)
Tel. : +33 (0)4 99 61 25 07


Agronomy Research Expertise in Montpellier and Languedoc-Roussillon (South of France)

Agronomy : crops and cropping systems

A major challenge : feeding around 9 bilion people in the future

Agronomists are facing a major challenge—to invent and promote agricultural systems capable of providing a sufficient volume of top quality products to feed around 9 billion people in the future, hus ensuring peoples’ well-being and health, while also minimizing the environmental footprint of farming.

Agronomy Research Expertise in Montpellier and Languedoc-Roussillon

13 research units
300 researchers and teacher-researchers,
100 PhD

Consult research example or projects on the following themes

The research on crops and cropping systems is a key area of excellence of the Agropolis International scientific community.
Agropolis agronomists are striving to come up with sustainable solutions tailored to a range of different biophysical and socioeconomic situations:

  • temperate, Mediterranean and tropical agriculture,
  • large mechanized farms and smallholdings,
  • local food production and cash and export crops,
  • etc

The complementary expertise of these different research teams enables them to deal with the diverse range of complex issues and agricultural situations.

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Current agronomy issues, approaches and complementary features

Foreword by
Jacques Wéry
UMR System

The following constituents account for the uniqueness of Agronomy in the scientific field:

  • strong biophysical science foundations, through analysis, experimentation and modelling of the functioning of soil-plant-pest systems in crop fields, which are approached as complex systems.
  • more recent, yet now well established (especially in France), foundations in research on farmers’ practices, which are considered as items subjected to socioeconomic factors that are assessed on the basis of biophysical and technical aspects of cropping..
  • research firmly grounded on cropping system engineering, with its scientific interrogations focused more on problem solving than on specific processes or theories.
  • this approach applies to a broad range of items ranging from plants to territories, in addition to cultivated fields and cropping systems on farms.....

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Other information

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The "Laboratoires d'excellence" (LabEx) selected by the Ministry of Education and Research "Agronomy and Sustainable Development" (Agro) is led by Agropolis Fondation and focuses on Plants of agronomic interest.
Information on Agropolis website
Agropolis Fondation web site

ESA logo European Society for AgronomyAgropolis International manages the secretariat of the European Society for Agronomy (ESA) for a two-year term
Information in the Agropolis International newsletter
ESA European Society for Agronomy website

Agroecology seminar in MontpellierAgroecology monthly cycle of seminars in Montpellier 
Several joint agricultural research units in Montpellier from CIRAD, INRA, IRD and SupAgro have initiated a monthly cycle of seminars and debates, in partnership with Agropolis International, around Agroecology : ecological intensification of cropping systems.
See the page about the Agroecology monthly cycle of seminars in Montpellier, France 



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