GCARD

Contact

Sylvie Albert,
Agropolis International
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 69 albert@agropolis.fr

 

SCIENCE IN MONTPELLIER
April 1st, 2010

Complementary to GCARD, a special day on April 1st will be dedicated to showcase the activities of the Agropolis scientific community. Do not miss the opportunity to discover the expertise available at the Agropolis scientific community in the main areas of agriculture, food, environment, biodiversity and rural societies which are of global significance.

One of the best kept secrets in global ARD is that Montpellier hosts the world’s greatest concentration of skills and expertises in fields related to agriculture, food, biodiversity, environment and rural societies, with ca. 2,300 scientists focusing on the development of the Mediterranean and tropical regions.

You can choose between a full-day field trip or a combination of two laboratories visits, both options including lunch. As groups will be limited to 25 persons, you are kindly requested to choose a site according to your interest and register now in order to facilitate the visits. Some visits might be cancelled in case of low attendance.

Online registration form

Laboratories visits on Montpellier campuses

Departure at 9.00 from Corum conference center (level 0) to Agropolis International
9.30 - 10.00: Gathering and presentation of Montpellier’s scientific community in amphitheatre
10.10: Departure of the morning visits
12.00: Lunch at Agropolis International
13.30: Departure of the afternoon visits
Return Corum between 16.00 and 17.00

Full-day field trips

Departure at 8.30 from Corum conference center (level 0) (tour 13) and 8.45 (tour 12)
Lunch on spot
Return Corum between 16.30 and 17.00 (tour 12) and 19.00 (tour 13)

Workshop


Departure at 8.30 from Corum conference center (level 0) Lunch on spot
Return Corum at 17.30

 

Laboratories visits on Montpellier campuses (choose one option for morning and one option for afternoon)

Morning visits

platform food and bioenergy technologiesTour 1. Food & Bioenergy technologies (10.15-12.15)
Guide: Pascale Lajous
Type: Lab, platform
Location: ‘La Valette’ Campus
Main topics: production (transformation) and preservation of food products with optimal aromatic, safety and nutritional qualities; technologies for thermochemical conversion of biomass into energy and combustion of biofuels, and conditions of development of these technologies in tropical contexts; agriculture and food museum
Research groups (and links): UMR Qualisud (E, F), UPR Biomass and energy (F)

You will first visit a lab that specialises in metabolites from fruits and plants, quality components, food safety, processing and quality control, conservation improvement of food products. The Food Technology Platform that works with developing (private and public sector) partners to improve and standardize local quality products will then present several pilot equipments developed for small-scale producers. You will visit the biomass-energy platform consisting in pilots of different technologies: a two-stage gasifier, a flash pyrolysis pilot, as well as the chemical analysis lab which analyses all co-products and understand the reaction mechanisms involved. You will also visit the test engine platform for the study of biofuel combustion.


remote sensing centerTour 2. Remote Sensing Center (10.15-11.45)
Guide: Marisa Noël
Type: platforms
Location: ‘ ‘La Valette’ Campus
Main topics: Maison de la Télédétection (MTD): a collaborative applied research and training platform on remote sensing and GIS
Research groups (and links): Maison de la Télédétection (F)

The MTD Platform combines research on technologies (data collection and treatment, spatial information analysis, modelling natural and anthropic dynamics, designing observatories and information systems, information in decision making processes) and research on agriculture, land use, water management, forests, landscape development, health and natural risks.


ecotronTour 3. European Platform: ECOTRON (10.15-11.30)
Guide: Véronique Nardini
Type: platforms
Location: ‘Baillarguet’ Campus (5km N of Montpellier)
Main topic: ECOTRON: research platform for the study of ecosystems and organisms in the context of environmental changes
Research groups (and links): ECOTRON Platform (E, F)

The ECOTRON is a research platform dedicated to the study of ecosystems and organisms in the context of environmental changes.


banque alimentaire agropolis museumTour 4. Agropolis Museum (10.15-12.15)
Guide: Claudine Soudais
Type: Food & Agriculture Museum visit
Location: ‘La Valette’ Campus
Main topics: agriculture and food museum
Link: http://www.museum.agropolis.fr/ (E, F)

Agropolis Museum presents the history of food and farmers around the world. The museum aims to present the historical struggle of man to get enough food to satisfy his appetite; to show how this struggle goes on endlessly and how scientific research can help on this ongoing struggle. The project is organized into three main sections: the Orientation room, the Thematic room and the Prospective room. Each exhibition is divided into sub-sections.
The central idea developed in the Museum is the notion of food-systems which are used to answer the question man put from his origin: What can be eaten tomorrow ? The food-system represents the way man organized society to get and eat food. The question is always the same but the answers document the History, Geography and the socio-cultural background associated with food. The idea of food-systems is explained in the museum through examples collected from all over the world where the Agropolis scientific community is working.


Tour 5. Mediterranean Laboratory of Social Sciences (10.15-11.45)
Guide: Marie-Claude Tigoulet
Type: lab visit
Location: CIHEAM / IAM.M – ‘La Valette’ Campus
Main topic: social sciences research activities
Research groups (and links): Lames (F)

Presentation of two research programs:

  • "Atlas of Mediterranean food products": discussion on the Mediterranean diet, its difficulties to survive in a globalized agro-food system, and other projects about this topic.
  • "prospects of agricultural policies in North African Countries”: presentation of the book already published by Ciheam and the French Agency for Dévelopment (AFD): "Perspectives des politiques agricoles en Afrique du Nord" (Options Méditerranéennes, 2009).

Afternoon visits


genomics and agrobiodiversityTour 6. Genomics and Agrobiodiversity (13.45-16.15)
Guides: Valérie Rotival / Anne-Marie Manez
Type: Lab, platforms & CGIAR station visit
Location: ‘La Valette’ Campus and Agropolis Park in Montferrier (2km N of Montpellier)
Main topics: Plant genetic resources, genomics, gene-trait association, tolerance to stresses, and breeding scheme efficiency; shared technology platforms
Research groups (and links): DAP (E, F), DIA-PC (F); Bioversity International (E)

DAP and DIA-PC are two very large research groups involved in the analysis (characterization, evolution), conservation, management, and harnessing of genetic diversity of many important Mediterranean and tropical crops (Oil palm, Coconut, Cocoa, Coffee, Rubber, Cotton, Sorghum, Rice, Wheat, Pearl Millet, Alfalfa, Banana, Yam, Apple Tree, Olive Tree, Ficus, Casuarina, Sunflower, Grape). You will visit a series of platforms (tissue culture, genomics, genotyping, bioinformatics, phenotyping, cryoconservation, cell imaging, plant modelling). Bioversity Program in Montpellier focuses on Banana and plantains, cocoa and coconut, working with strong ties with DAP. The new genetic resource platform ARCAD, to which all these research groups will participate, will also be presented.


integrated biology and riskis in ecosystemsTour 7. Integrated Biology and Risks in Ecosystems (14.00-15.45)
Guide:  Mireille Montes de Oca
Type: Lab & Platform visit
Location: Montpellier, ‘La Gaillarde’ Campus (SupAgro)
Main topics: plant adaptation to drought; iron transport in plants; impact of global changes on water and soil resources
Research Groups (and links): LEPSE (E, F) , BPMP (E, F) )

You will visit the two research groups (LEPSE and BPMP) hosted by the Integrative Biology Institute for Plants (IBIP). IBIP’s main objective is to characterize the phenotypes of plants interacting with contrasted environments (light, temperature, drought, metals). IBIP hosts PHENODYN, an automated platform for phenotyping.
On the same campus, LISAH studies how to diagnose and prevent risks associated with anthropomorphic or climatic changes for the water and soil resources in agroecosystems.


pest and emerging diseasesTour 8. Pest and Emerging Diseases (13.45-16.30)
Guide: Florence Vigier
Type: Lab & Platform visit
Location: ‘Baillarguet’ Campus, 5km N of Montpellier
Main topic: Systematics, genetics, ecology and management of weeds, and pest and diseases in relation with their hosts; Dynamics and control of exotic and emerging animal diseases and the European EDEN Project (Emerging Diseases in a changing European Environment),
Research Groups (and links): CBGP (E, F), BGPI (E, F); CMAEE (F)

CBGP works on the systematics, genetics and ecology relevant to the management of populations and communities of organisms (involving disciplines such as entomology, acarology, nematology and mammalogy) for the purposes of agriculture, public health and biodiversity. BGPI works on the biology and population dynamics of several pathogens or weeds with a view to proposing rational control. CMAEE works on animal and zoonotic diseases (bacterial and viral) of economical and sanitary importance for developing countries. Projects are based on an integrated approach of interactions between pathogens, hosts, vectors and the environment. The objectives are to develop control tools (diagnostic, vaccines), strategies and methods based on the understanding and modelling of disease dynamics including vector ecology (vector control). In Montpellier, High containment laboratories and insectarium allow the research to be conducted in tight relationship with teams located in the tropics.


cropping systemsTour 9. Cropping Systems (13.45--16.00)
Guide:  Jacques Wery
Type: Field Tour
Location: Restinclières farm, 6km N of Montpellier
Main topics: use of crop biological diversity and management of crop associations to stabilize agronomic production (yield and quality) in socially acceptable conditions and with limited environmental imprint.
Research Group (and link): SYSTEM (F)

Designing multifunctional cropping systems with intercropping and agroforestry : presentation of the scientific activities of System research group (Cirad-Inra-SupAgro) in Mediterranean and tropical regions and visit of the long term experiments in Restinclières farm to analyse and design cropping systems based on the association of trees and arable crops.


aquacultureTour 10. Aquaculture (13.30-15.00)
Guide: Denis Lacroix
Type: Experimental Research Station visit
Location: Palavas, 13Km S of Montpellier
Main topics: main research station involved in aquaculture studies in the Mediterranean area. Numerous rearing tanks are available for experiments
Link: Palavas research station (F)

Ongoing experiments will be presented in the areas of genetics, reproduction, immuno-pathology and technology of controlled systems, from eggs to adults. The model fish is the European seabass (Dicentrarchus Labrax). This research station received the ‘Major European Equipment’ label.


banque alimentaire agropolis museumTour 11. Agropolis Museum (13.45-15.45)
Guide: Claudine Soudais
Type: Food & Agriculture Museum visit
Location: ‘La Valette’ Campus
Main topics: agriculture and food museum
Link: http://www.museum.agropolis.fr/ (E, F)

Agropolis Museum presents the history of food and farmers around the world. The museum aims to present the historical struggle of man to get enough food to satisfy his appetite; to show how this struggle goes on endlessly and how scientific research can help on this ongoing struggle. The project is organized into three main sections: the Orientation room, the Thematic room and the Prospective room. Each exhibition is divided into sub-sections.
The central idea developed in the Museum is the notion of food-systems which are used to answer the question man put from his origin: What can be eaten tomorrow ? The food-system represents the way man organized society to get and eat food. The question is always the same but the answers document the History, Geography and the socio-cultural background associated with food. The idea of food-systems is explained in the museum through examples collected from all over the world where the Agropolis scientific community is working.

 


Full-day field trips & workshop

climate change observatoryTour 12. Climate Change Observatory (8.45-16.00)
Guides: Patrick Andrieux / Michel Soulié
Type: Field tour
Location: Roujan catchment, 76kms (1hr) west of Montpellier
Main topics: OMERE (French acronym for Mediterranean Observatory of Rural Environment and Water, a catchment site to observe modification and impact of soil conservation practices in a period of climate change)
Link: OMERE (F)

On a small (91ha) local basin cultivated with vines, Roujan’s observatory monitors the vulnerability of agrosystems to climatic and spatial management changes, in an area prone to stresses such as floods, droughts, erosion, with strong impact on soil evolution.


innovation in the agrifood sectorTour 13. Innovation in the agrifood sector (8.30 -19.00)
Guides: M. Mouret / M. Lopez-Ridaura
Type: Field tour
Location: Camargue
Main topics: agricultural technics
Research groups (and links): UMR Innovation (E, F)

You will visit one of the regional projects of the Innovation and Development in Agriculture and the Agrifood Sector Research Group (INNOVATION). This group is organised into three teams, which examine complementary aspects of innovation in the agrifood sector. Each team has a different approach: technical change in farms and advisory facilities (disciplines: agronomy, farm economics and management), territorial dynamics and innovation in the governance of agricultural areas (disciplines: geography and regional economics) and innovations in the social construction of products and markets with or without a specific geographic origin, evaluating their impacts on territories (disciplines: economics, anthropology, economic sociology and law).


Tour 14. WORKSHOP: “A way to promote adaptive management of rural socio-ecological systems in multi-scale context: participatory modelling” (9.00-17.00)
Type: workshop
Location: Cirad - Lavalette campus (room 40 - building 6)
Research group (and link): GREEN (E, F)

Participatory modelling is an interesting way to think adaptive management of rural SES by integrating multiple viewpoints and exploring desirable scenarios for sustainable development. Recently, such approaches have been applied to promote the links between local and regional scales necessary to policy decentralization.
The workshop introduces the subject with the presentation of several participatory modelling approaches (ComMod, Participatory Scenario such as the millennium assessment, more ad hoc approaches…), followed by a focus on the specific issues of multi-scale governance for these approaches.
The first day, opened to GCARD participants, is based on plenary presentations, and various illustrations of case studies, tools and outputs, available in a “market-place” session.



 
 

Update on 10/21/10


Contact :
Yves Savidan
yves.savidan@agropolis.fr




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