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Les “Dossiers d'Agropolis International

These thematic directories provide a global and easy to consult presentation of the laboratories, teams and research units of all the Agropolis intitutes involved in the given issue. They also provide information on the wide range of training sessions available.

One of the objectives of the series is to facilitate contacts for the development of exchanges and technical and scientific cooperations by a wider promotion of the community skills.

Each series which is a directory of skills, is dedicated to a major scientific issue.

“Global Health in Occitanie”

n° 25 (December 2019, 48 p.)

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Global Health - Agropolis thematic file number 25

Scientific coordination :
Éric Delaporte (CHU de Montpellier), Michel Duru (INRAE Toulouse), Jacques Izopet (CHU de Toulouse),Mathilde Paul (ENVT Toulouse), François Roger(Cirad Montpellier),Frédéric Simard (IRD Montpellier)

Editorial Coordination and writing (Agropolis International):
Mélanie Broin

This document was published with the support of Occitanie/ Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region, I-SITE MUSE and the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (ENVT).

This 25th dossier d’Agropolis focuses on integrated approaches to human, animal, plant and environmental health.

66 research units are cited in this report, illustrating the diversity and complementarity of the scientific work being carried out from this hub of integrated health research.


“Marine and coastal sciences in Occitanie” n° 24
(July 2019, 76 p.)

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Scientific coordination :
John Bandelier (Kimiyo), Bernard Hubert (Inra, EHESS, Agropolis International),
Catherine Jeandel (CNRS), Philippe Lebaron (Sorbonne Université, CNRS),
Michel Petit (Agropolis International), Hélène Rey-Valette (UM), Pierre Soler (OMP)

Editorial Coordination and writing (Agropolis International):
Isabelle Amsallem and Michel Petit

This document was published with the support of Occitanie/ Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region, I-SITE MUSE and IFREMER.

More than 150 teams of scientists and experts from the Occitanie Region participated in the 24th issue of the Dossiers d’Agropolis International series, dedicated to marine and coastal sciences in the Mediterranean. These teams come from 15 universities and engineering schools, 13 national research institutions, as well as–and this is a first for this series–private businesses–namely start-ups, consultancy firms, national and even international companies having a presence in Occitanie– and civil society organisations.


“Complex systems - From biology to landscapes” n° 23
( February 2019, 80 pages)

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Agropolis thematic file on Complex systems - From biology to landscapes

Scientific coordination :
Nicolas Arnaud (CNRS), Bertrand Jouve (CNRS), Jean-Pierre Müller (CIRAD)

With the support of Agropolis Fondation (Investissements d'Avenir programme - LabEx Agro [ANR-10- LABX-001-01]) in the framework of I-SITE MUSE (ANR-16-IDEX-0006) and with the support of Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region.

44 research units and teams (research units, service units, hosting and project teams, and observatories)

8 Federative research bodies related to complex systems oversee the scientific activities of the teams: an institute, six laboratories of excellence (LabEx), an equipment of excellence project (EquipEx) and a Convergence Institute

Several French national and European research infrastructures and data and computation centres essential for managing complex systems are also based in Occitanie. Occitanie has become one of the most outstanding hubs of research in this field at national and European levels.

“Viticulture and Wine” n° 21
(October 2016 - 76 p.)

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Agropolis thematic file on climate change

Scientific coordination : Bruno Blondin (Montpellier SupAgro), Hervé Hannin (Montpellier SupAgro), Thierry Simonneau (INRA), Jean-Marc Touzard (INRA), Patrice This (INRA)
Coordination: Chantal Dorthe (INRA)
Agropolis International Correspondent: Mélanie Broin

This Dossier presents the scientific structures based in Languedoc-Roussillon area, members of the Agropolis International scientific community, whose activities are focused on training, research and innovation regarding viticulture and wine: higher education and research institutions, development and incubation platforms;

14 joint research units (UMRs, attached to several parent organizations) and research groups, conducting studies in different complementary scientific disciplines (genetics, physiology, agronomy, ecology, oenology, economy, information science, etc.);

3 joint technology units (UMTs), experimental units and field stations, conducting studies in the field or in technology centres for research units and public and private partners.

“Climate change” n° 20
(February 2015 - 87 p.)

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Agropolis thematic file on climate change

Coordinators: Sandra Ardoin-Bardin (IRD), Nicolas Arnaud (CNRS), Sophie Boutin (UM), Jean-Luc Chotte (IRD), Philippe Jarne (CNRS), Pascal Kosuth (Agropolis Fondation), Philippe Lebaron (UPMC), Éric Servat (IRD) and Mélanie Broin (Agropolis International)

The topics covered in this Dossier concern 49 research units, 2 laboratories of excellence et 1 federative structure, 5 research infrastructures of national or European scope,5 foreign or international partners, based in Languedoc-Roussillon Region.


“Family farming” n° 19
(May 2014 - 64 p.)

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Agropolis thematic file on Family Farming

Coordinators: Jean-Michel Sourisseau, Cirad (UMR ART-Dev), Sylvie Albert and Mélanie Broin (Agropolis International)

The topics covered in this Dossier concern 21 research units based in Languedoc-Roussillon Region, involving over 1 000 researchers whose activities are fully or partially focused on addressing–in collaboration with many partners–major family farming challenges in France and worldwide.


Dossier Agropolis Water“Green technologies” n° 16 (December 2012, 48 p.)Download (5.6 Mb)

Coordinators: Véronique Bellon-Maurel, Irstea, Fabien Boulier & Nathalie Villeméjeanne (Agropolis International)

Research skills of Montpellier and the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the field of green technologies.The topics presented in this issue are of particular concern to the nine research units or teams that have made environmental technologies an essential part of their work, comprising some 150 senior scientists and 100 doctoral students.

Dossier Agropolis WaterSpecial issue on partnership:
"From Brazil to Europe : 10 years of Labex Program, EMBRAPA's laboratory without walls"
n° 15 (October 2012, 48 p.)Low resolutions (7.4 Mb)

Coordinators: Pedro Arcuri (Labex Europe Embrapa), Paula Dias (Agropolis international)

Building scientific partnerships today: EMBRAPA's Labex Program in Europe and over the world.
Embrapa has implemented this strategy through ‘Labex’', ‘virtual laboratories abroad without walls’ (from Laboratórios no Exterior, in Portuguese), in the United States, Europe and more recently in Asia.
Senior scientists are posted to ‘cutting-edge’ teams to work two-thirds of their time on an ambitious project of joint interest. They use the rest of the time for prospecting and for seeking new opportunities. Information flows from these Labex to Brazilian research institutes. After the first decade in Europe, we can observe a strong increase in collaborative projects.

This special Agropolis International Dossier devoted to ‘Partnership’ describes results and experiences of Labex-Europe’s 10 years of functioning. Experiences that Embrapa and Agropolis International wish to share.

Dossier Agropolis Water“Water resources - Preservation and management” n° 14 (March 2012, 71 p.)Low resolution (5.5 Mb)

Coordinators: Thierry Rieu (AgroParisTech - Centre de Montpellier),Mélanie Broin and Michel Soulié (Agropolis International)
This Dossier presents 18 research units from Languedoc-Roussillon and Avignon,gathering more than 800 scientists, working fully or partially on hydrosystems, water quality and/or water resource management.
Research units focused on lagoons and coastal zones are not presented here but in another Agropolis Dossier about “Aquatic Ecosystems” published in 2007.

The Dossier also presents
10 international cooperation or valorisation structures or programmes, in which the regional water scientific community is highly involved. Finally, it also gives a list of 43 higher education diplomas, from 2 to 8 years postgraduate,proposed in the region and more or less tightly linked to the theme of water.

This is the first Agropolis Dossier to be available in Spanish : Recursos de Agua: Preservación y gestión (n° 14 - 71 páginas - Marzo 2012)

Dossier Agropolis Biodiversity“Biodiversity - Science for humans and nature” n° 13 (August 2011, 83 p.)Low resolution (3.5 Mb)

Coordinators: Serge Morand (UM 2) and Chantal Dorthe (INRA)

The term´biodiversity´ designates the variety of life forms at all organization levels, including genes, populations, communities and ecosystems, as well as humans because of their interactions with all biodiversity components.

Dossier Agropolis  AgronomyAgronomy - Crops and cropping systems” n° 12 (July 2010, 68 p.) - 2nd Edition 2012
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Coordinator:Jacques Wery (UMR System)

The 2006–2008 food crisis and the accompanying hunger riots put agriculture and its crucial role under the media and political spotlight, hence revealing the essential role that agricultural sciences will have to play in the coming years.

Agronomists are indeed 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, thus ensuring peoples´ well-being and health, while also minimizing the environmental footprint of farming...

dossier duras“DURAS project: Innovative partnerships for sustainable development” n° 11 (June 2010, 48 p.)
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Coordinator: Oliver Oliveros
DURAS Project is like no other. It was designed to support the facilitation role of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) in its effort to promote the opening up of the agricultural research system, particularly by ensuring that research priorities are identified in a participatory fashion and that the less vocal stakeholders, most notably civil society groups, are mobilized and able to meaningfully participate in agricultural research for development (ARD) processes. It was also conceived so that stakeholders could share and exchange information through available interactive regional agricultural information systems.

dossier agropolis  labex“A model laboratory without walls: the Brazilian Labex” n° 10 (March 2010, 26 p.)

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Coordinators:Yves Savidan (Agropolis International, France) and Pedro Arcuri (Embrapa, Brazil)

The research competences of Montpellier and the Languedoc-Roussillon region within the framework of Labex Europe.

This special Agropolis International Dossier devoted to ´Partnership´ describes the teachings of seven years of functioning of Labex-Europe. Teachings that Embrapa and Agropolis International wish to share.

dossier agropolis geoinformaion"Geoinformation and Earth Observation for environment and territories " n° 9 (February 2010, 68 p.)
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Coordinator:Pascal Kosuth (Director of UMR TETIS and the Remote Sensing Center, Montpellier, France)

Access to airborne and satellite technology for Earth Observation is a major methodological boon for researchers. This ‘altitude gain‘ for monitoring has led to the development of a new approach to assessing territories, providing an overview of the target area and clarifying the distribution of elements within this area. The quality and accuracy of the remote sensing tool are continually being improved.
The increase in the number of spaceborne sensors and progress achieved in signal processing have generated new information that can in turn be used in a broad range of scientific fields as well as for decision support.
This is the first Dossier devoted to a research and action tool. It presents research on improving this tool, along with examples of its applications to meet needs on different topics.

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