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Research Axis

Axis 6 : Agro-ecology in agricultural and forest territories

In an agro-ecological engineering objective, this research is built up from diverse disciplines (agronomy, ecology, mathematics, and, in an original way, sciences for action such as economics and management sciences) and plays a role on an international level (Agriterris laboratory).

In its widest acception, agro-ecology (also called agro-ecology in action) offers news concepts and tools in order to integrate the multiple issues that are at in rural territories.. © Inra
Updated on 12/16/2013
Published on 04/22/2013

In its widest acception, agro-ecology (also called agro-ecology in action) offers news concepts and tools in order to integrate the multiple issues that are at in rural territories. Toulouse research centre’s teams (AGIR, DYNAFOR, CEFS, ODR units, and MAD team) study, in a chosen anthropisation gradient (from the Pyrenees forests to agriculture in the Toulouse suburbs) the sustainable management of different natural resources. It goes from the wild and domesticated, animal and vegetal biodiversity up to water management and human knowledge. Research is focused on agriculture, forestry and various rural human activities.

The ambition is to link ecological and biotechnological objects (green and blue corridors), as well as skills and relationships between actors (red corridor).

The effort will be maintained regarding the analysis and modeling of interactions between genotypes, environment and farmers’ practices, in order to design innovative agricultural systems that contribute to the agricultural forest and wild life systems’ sustainability.  In this context, modeling and simulating as well as mathematical and statistical methods are essential tools.

To better understand, design new systems, and provide decision support tools, this research gets great benefits from using tools and methods such as the RECORD platform (based in Toulouse) for the modeling and simulating work such as the spatialisation methods provided by INP-ENSAT, INP-EIP geomaticians and ODR unit. To better account from stakeholders’ queries, collaborative approaches are used in order to allow integrated evaluations of ongoing changes in the different territories. Furthermore, observatories of environment constitute some detailed analysis tools of social and ecological processes that impact in the dynamics of complex agro-ecosystems within the territory.

Strengthened by their collaboration with engineering schools (INP-ENSAT, INP-EIP, ENFA), joint units will take part in the national animation driven by the Environment Scientific head and the EA, SAD and EFPA departments. Together with Toulouse University, social sciences (ranging from economy to social geography) and ecology (from plot of land to landscape, from populations to ecosystems) constitute two fields of mutual enrichment to be supported.

The territory and stakeholders dimension will benefit from the links established with Le Mirail University within the labex SMS. Concerning natural resources management (water, forest products, biodiversity)  risk assessment and integration within modeling exercises, (economical, climatic, sanitary, etc) will benefit from synergies between agriculture and its environment and collaborations with economists (LEREPS-DAI, LERNA) already well established.

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