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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
PhD Director
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)
65 64 Denis Pesche
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.
Cirad 56 15 Krishna Naudin
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
10 5 Katell Guizien
BAE Biocapteurs-Analyse-Environnement UPVD 7 10 Thierry Noguer
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
25 8 Claude Payri
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.
Cirad 30 18 Jean-Michel Commandré
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
101 45 Marie-Laure Navas
CIRED Center for International Research on Environment and Development AgroParisTech, Cirad, CNRS
22 49 Franck Lecocq
CRIOBE Centre de recherche insulaire et observatoire de l'environnement CNRS, UPVD
26 18 Serge Planès
CSIRO-EL CSIRO European Laboratory
3 0 Andy Sheppard
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
9 0 Dawn Gundersen-Rindal
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.
Cirad 38 15 Plinio Sist
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
250 34 Patrice This
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
74 35 Benoit Ildefonse
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
166 27 Nicolas Galtier
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
66 48 Dominique Pallet
BIOM Integrative biology of marine organisms CNRS
15 3 Hervé Moreau
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
16 3 Marcelino Suzuki
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
+Sorbonne Université
15 9 Fabien Joux
EMMAH Modelling Agricultural and hydrological systems in the mediterranean environment INRAE Avignon
+Univ. Avignon
35 12 Stéphane Ruy
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.
CNRS,UPVD 24 7 Jean-Marc Deragon
PV Plant Pathology INRAE Avignon 15 6 Marc Bardin
Qualinnov Qualinnov (in French) INRAE
6 0 Rémi Guérin-Schneider
Recycling and risk
Formerly: Recycling and risk
Cirad 17 10 Frédéric Feder
SQPOV Safety and quality of products of plant origin (in French) INRAE Avignon
+Univ. Avignon
19 22 Frédéric Carlin
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.
+ Univ. Antilles-Guyane, Univ. Réunion
38 27 Frédérique Seyler
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


Acronyms and abbreviations

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

Doctoral schools

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




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