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Research units and teams involved in Agriculture Food Biodiversity & Environment
63 research units corresponding to Agropolis International issues related to "agriculture-food-biodiversity-environment"
Research units on Agropolis International themes in 2020
|Acronym||Title & description (Click on to see the web site)||Member institutes and partners||Scientists
|ART-Dev|| Actors, Resources and Territories in Development (in French)
The joint research unit Art-Dev includes ARENA team (UPR Cirad) and part of LASER team (EA 3039 UM1)
|CNRS, Cirad, UM, UPVD, UPVM
|HortSys|| Agroecological Functioning and Performances of Horticultural Cropping Systems
Inventing an ecologically intensive type of horticulture so as to feed people better: this is a wide-ranging mandate for the unit, whose main aim is to generate and capitalize on knowledge so as to assess and design sustainable horticultural cropping systems.
|Cirad||28||23||Fabrice Le Bellec|
|AIDA|| Agro-ecology and Sustainable Intensification of Annual Crops
The Annual Cropping Systems (SCA) and Conservation Agriculture and Engineering (SIA) Research Units were merged to form this new unit as of 1 January 2014.
|IATE|| Agropolymer Engineering and Emerging Technologies
Particularly in tropical countries, plant biomass plays host to numerous biocatalytic activities, which can be optimized using lipid biotechnologies and rational functionalization of these resources.
|Cirad, INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro, UM||46||31||Christian Sanchez|
|ASTRE||Animals, Health, Territories, Risks and Ecosystems||Cirad, INRAE||65||36||Nathalie Vachiery|
|LECOB||Benthic Ecogeochemistry Laboratory||CNRS
|BPMP|| Biochemistry and plant molecular physiology
B&PMP is defined as an Integrative Biology research department, focused on the mechanisms of plant responses and adaptation to variable abiotic environmental conditions. B&PMP is one of the 3 departments which compose the "Integrative Biology Institute for Plants" (IBIP).
|CNRS, INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro, UM||80||15||Alain Gojon|
|ENTROPIE||Biocomplexity of Coral Reefs Ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific||IRD, CNRS
+Université de la Réunion
|BioWooEB|| Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts
The unit’s aim is to respond to energy supply difficulties in developing countries by improving procedures tailored to individual situations and to local biomass availability, and by analysing the conditions for their use in tropical environments. Its research covers thermochemical biomass processing technologies for fuel production, decentralized electricity generation and biofuel production, keeping a watchful eye on the possible impact of those techniques on the natural environment.
|AMAP|| Botany and Computational Plant Architecture
Associating several disciplines—botany, ecology, applied mathematics and informatics—is a major technical and scientific challenge for modern agronomy and forestry. It enables the development of new applications and tools for identifying plants, managing crops, forests and the environment, and developing rural areas.
|Cirad, CNRS, INRAEE, IRD,UM||60||32||Thierry Fourcaud|
|CBGP|| Center for Biology and Management of Populations
To improve control strategies against pests and identify means of conserving threatened natural populations, it is vital to modify the constraints to which they are subject, and thus to analyse the constraints on each set of organisms, and how those organisms adapt to changes in the constraints.
|Cirad, INRAE, IRD, Montpellier SupAgro||52||17||Flavie Vanlerberghe|
|CEFREM|| Center for Education and research onMediterranean environments (in French)
The CEFREM is a research unit of the University of Perpignan associated with CNRS (UMR 5110). It has long been interested in the coastal environment, which brings the socio-economic problems related to human uses.
|CNRS, UPVD||25||20||Wolfgang Ludwig|
|CEE-M||Center for Environmental Economics - Montpellier||CNRS, INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro, UM||28||21||Brice Magdalou|
|CEFE|| Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology
Biodiversity, ecological change on a global level, and sustainable development, in particular of Mediterranean and tropical ecosystems, are the central research topics for UMR CEFE.
|CNRS, UM, UPVM, IRD, Montpellier Supagro, INRAE
|CIRED||Center for International Research on Environment and Development||AgroParisTech, Cirad, CNRS
|CRIOBE||Centre de recherche insulaire et observatoire de l'environnement||CNRS, UPVD
|CSIRO-EL||CSIRO European Laboratory||
|DGIMI|| Diversity, Genomes and Insects-Microorganisms Interactions
DGMI gathers EMIP (UMR1133) and BIBI (UMR 1231)
|INRAE, UM||17||6||Anne-Nathalie Volkoff|
|DMEM||Dynamique musculaire et métabolisme (in French)||INRAE, UM||16||7||Anne Bonnieu|
|GECO|| Ecological Functioning and Sustainable Management of Banana and Pineapple Cropping Systems
Although export fruit crops are a major source of jobs and currency, they are now often barely viable, in agronomic, economic or social terms. These fruit monocultures often cause pollution and impoverish the environment. The markets are increasingly competitive and consumers increasingly demanding.
|Cirad||22||7||Luc De Lapeyre de Bellaire|
|URFM||Ecology of Mediterranean Forests (in French)||INRAE Avignon||17||6||Eric Rigolot|
|LEPSE||Ecophysiology Laboratory of Plants under Environmental Stress||INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro||15||10||Bertrand Muller|
|EBCL||European Biological Control Laboratory||
|F&S|| Forests and Societies
The Forests and Societies unit studies tropical forests as ecosystems, but also the dependent societies, and the public policies, instruments or practices that concern these areas to better preserve them.
|Eco&Sols||Functional Ecology & Biochemistry of Soils & Agroecosystems (in French)||Cirad, INRAE, IRD, Montpellier SupAgro||68||31||Laurent Cournac|
|AGAP|| Genetic Improvement and Adaptation of Mediterranean and Tropical Plants
Very Large Unit AGAP: Genetic Improvement and Adaptation of Tropical and Mediterranean Plants AGAP is a very large joint research unit and an applied plant biology and genetics platform of international importance. It results from the merger of several entities from joint research unit DAP (including UMR Inra, Cirad, Montpellier SupAgro, UM2) with teams from Inra (UMR DIAP-PC) and several Cirad units (AIVA, AGEMV, AGPH).
|Cirad, INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro
+CBN, IFV, Inria
|GAFL||Genetics and Improvement of Fruit and Vegetables||INRAE Avignon||29||12||Catherine Dogimont|
|GM|| Geosciences Montpellier
It gathers Earth scientists and their analytical and observational means in a single laboratory
+Université des Antilles
|IHPE|| Host-Pathogen-Environment Interactions
Formerly :I2E (Ecology and Evolution of Interactions ), CBETM-Center for tropical and mediterranean biology and ecology
|CNRS, Ifremer, UM, UPVD||12||5||Guillaume Mitta|
|InterTryp|| Host-Vector-Parasite Interactions in Infections by Trypanosomatidae
Trypanosomiases are still a major concern in sub-Saharan Africa. Human trypanosomiases are enjoying a resurgence, and 60 million people are at risk. Animal trypanosomiases, the main type of vector-borne diseases affecting animals, are still an obstacle to the development of animal production in the region. Insect and plant trypanosomiases also have a major impact on crops.
|Cirad, IRD||28||11||Philippe Solano|
|HSM||Hydrosciences Montpellier||CNRS, IRD, UM||59||30||Patrick Lachassagne|
|MIVEGEC|| Infectious Diseases and Vectors : Ecology, Genetics, Evolution and Control
MIVEGEC results from the merger of CCPV (UR 16) and GEMI (UMR 165) units. Its mission is to take an integrative approach to understanding the reproduction and transmission of infectious organisms, so as to improve the means of their control.
|CNRS, IRD, UM||68||50||Frédéric Simard|
|ITAP||Information and technologies for agricultural processes||INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro||25||6||Tewfik Sari|
|INNOVATION|| Innovation and Development in Agriculture and the Agri-Food Sector
The processes through which agriculture adapts are founded on technical and organizational innovations, on both a collective and an individual level.
|Cirad, INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro||50||34||Guy Faure|
|ISE-M|| Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier
ISE-M new name is UMR 226, it includes CAVIAR unit (UR 175). It focuses on the patterns and mechanisms of evolution in the living world. It aims to better understand the processes involved in the origins and dynamics of biodiversity.
|Cirad, CNRS, IRD, UM
|QUALISUD|| Integrated Approach to Food Quality
Food quality in the global sense—hygiene, nutrition and taste—is a source of great concern for consumers, agrifood firms and health professionals.
|Cirad, Montpellier SupAgro, UM
+UAPV, Univ. Réunion
|BIOM||Integrative biology of marine organisms||CNRS
|LISAH||Laboratory for the Study of Interactions between Soil, Agrosystems and Water Systems (in French)||INRAE, IRD, Montpellier SupAgro||23||8||Jérôme Molenat|
|LBE|| Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology
The Laboratory (LBE) is a research unit of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). The LBE is an innovation concentrate focused on the concept of the environmental biorefinery.
|INRAE, sous contrat avec Montpellier Supagro||15||10||Nicolas Bernet|
|LBBM||Laboratory of Microbial Biodiversity and Biotechnology||CNRS
|LSTM|| Laboratory of Tropical and Mediterranean Symbioses
The microorganisms, nitrogen-fixing bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi that live in symbiosis with plant species play a vital role in increasing and sustaining agricultural and forest production, but also in regenerating tropical and Mediterranean environments.
|Cirad, INRAE, IRD, Montpellier SupAgro, UM||24||3||Robin Duponnois|
|TETIS|| Land, environment, remote sensing and spatial information
The unit conducts research on spatial information and analysis methods for agroenvironmental and territorial systems, along four lines: analyses of the structures and spatiotemporal dynamics of those systems and of how they are perceived by stakeholders; spatialized data acquisition and processing (remote sensing, DTM, GPS, etc); information system design; territorial development and agroenvironmental management methods and the role of information systems.
|AgroParisTech, Cirad, Cnrs, INRAE||73||20||Christiane Weber|
|MARBEC|| Marine biodiversity, explotation, conservation
The Unit EME (Exploited marine ecosystems), ECOSYM (Ecology of coastal marine systems) and IFREMER team from Intrepid were merged to form this new unit (January 2015)
|CNRS, Ifremer, IRD, UM||80||39||Laurent Dagorn|
|MOISA|| Markets, organisations, institutions and stakeholders strategies
The unit includes researchers in economics, management, sociology, anthropology and political science. Its core topic is the governance of sustainable development in the agrifood systems of Mediterranean and tropical countries.
|CIHEAM-IAM.M, Cirad, INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro||65||38||Paule Moustier|
|MISTEA||Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics for Environmental and Agronomical sciences||INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro||18||9||Pascal Neveu|
|SELMET|| Mediterranean and Tropical Livestock Systems
SELMET results from merger of SEPA (UPR Cirad) with ERRC (UMR Inra,Montpellier SupAgro, Cirad).
|Cirad, INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro||34||17||Alexandre Ickowicz|
|LOMIC||Microbial Oceanography Laboratory||CNRS
|EMMAH||Modelling Agricultural and hydrological systems in the mediterranean environment||INRAE Avignon
|MRM|| Montpellier Research in Management (in French)
MRM gathers 4 teams dedicated to research in management:ERFI, CREGOR, CR2M from Montpellier Universities, and CEROM from Montpellier Business School (Sup de Co)
|Sup de Co Montpellier, UM, UPVD||130||69||Frédéric le Roy|
|PSH||Plant and Garden Cropping Systems (in French)||INRAE Avignon||24||10||Hélène Gautier|
|DIADE|| Plant Diversity, Adaptation and Development
DIADE results from the reorganisation of DIA-PC (UMR 188) and LGDP (UMR 121) teams.
|Cirad, IRD, UM||50||19||Alain Ghesquiere|
|LGDP|| Plant genome and development laboratory
It is committed to research and training on plant genome organisation and gene regulation, particularly their role in plant development and adaptation to biotic and abiotic stress.
|PV||Plant Pathology||INRAE Avignon||15||6||Marc Bardin|
|Qualinnov||Qualinnov (in French)||INRAE
| Recycling and risk
Formerly: Recycling and risk
|SQPOV||Safety and quality of products of plant origin (in French)||INRAE Avignon
|SPO||Sciences for Oenology||INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro, UM||45||6||Fabienne Remize|
|ESPACE-DEV|| Space for development
ESPACE-DEV is made up of Unit ESPACE (UR 140) which includes researchers from Antilles-Guyane, Montpellier 2 and La Réunion Universities. It focuses on collecting and analysing remote sensing data.
|IRD, UM, UPVD
+ Univ. Antilles-Guyane, Univ. Réunion
|CEPEL||The South European Center for Political Studies||CNRS, UM||18||26||Emmanuel Négrier|
|PHIM||Plant Health Institute Montpellier||Cirad, IRD, INRAE, Institut Agro/Montpellier SupAgro||Jean Benoit Morel|
|SENS||Savoirs, Environnement, Sociétés (in French)||Cirad, IRD, UPVM||Philippe Méral|
|ABSYS||Biodiversified Agrosystems||Cirad, INRAE, Institut Agro/Montpellier SupAgro, CIHEAM||Bruno Rapidel|
|G-EAU|| Water Resource Management, Actors and Uses
Water is a crucial natural resource that is central to the functioning of natural and cultivated ecosystems and has prompted a range of installations, uses and organizational methods that vary from place to place.
|AgroParisTech, CIHEAM-IAM.M, Cirad, IRD, INRAE, Montpellier SupAgro||70||32||Marcel Kuper|
Institutes and partners
AgroParisTech: Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences
BRGM Montpellier: Geoscience for a sustainable Earth
Cemagref: Research institute in agricultural and environmental engineering
CHU de Montpellier: Montpellier University Hospital Center
CIHEAM/IAM.M: International Centre for Advances Mediterranean Studies - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier
CIRAD: Agricultural research for development
CNRS: National Scientific Research Centre
EMA: French Institute for Engineering and Applied Science
ENSCM: National High School of Chemistry of Montpellier
EPHE: Practical School for Higher Studies
Ifremer: French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
INRAE:French National Institute for Agricultural, Food and Environment Research
INRIA: National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control
IRD: Research Institute for Development
ISTOM: College of Advanced Studies in International Agro-Development
Montpellier SupAgro: International Center for Higher Education in Agriculture Sciences
Polytech'Montpellier: Polytechnic School Montpellier
Sup de Co: Montpellier Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business School
UM: Montpellier University
UPVM: Montpellier Paul Valery University
UNîmes: Nîmes University
Paris VI University
UPVD : Perpignan Via Domitia University
Research units form
IFR: Federative research institute
UMR: Joint research unit
UPR: Internal Research Unit
UR: Research unit
US: Service unit
USC: Unit under contract
TGU: Very large unit
CBS2 EDA 168: Chemical and Biological Sciences for health - UM1, UM2
DSP ED 461: Law and Political Science - UM1
EDEG ED 231: Economy and management - Montpellier SupAgro, UM1, UM2
E2 ED 305: Energy and environment - UPVD
I2S: Information Structures Systèmes
The Doctoral School (École Doctorale, ED), GAIA (N° 584), was created in July 2015, from the fusion of two other doctoral schools: SIBAGHE (Integrated systems in Biology, Agronomy, Geosciences, Hydrosciences and Environment, N°477) and SPSA (Process Sciences and Food Sciences, N°306)
TTSD ED 60: Territories, time, societies and development - UPVM, UPVD
Update on 6/04/21
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