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Agroecology and environment

  • ECOSTACK : Stacking of ecosystem services: mechanisms and interactions for optimal crop protection, pollination enhancement, and productivity
  • African Cases: Good practices in agroecology in food insecure African countries
  • SRCE: Ecological corridors in agricultural landscapes of the Rhône-Alpes region, France
  • PRADIV: Agroecological practices serving biodiversity (natural enemies and pollinators) and performance of cropping systems
  • BIODIV+: Multi-level plant diversity for enhanced conservation biological control and crop system resilience
  • SERVIPOND: Ecosystem services assessment of pond ecosystems
  • SUSPLUS: Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems
  • TEFSI: Transformation of European Food Systems towards Sustainability by Transnational, Innovative Teaching


Sustainable Food Systems

  • CASDAR : REALISAB (Restauration Et Approvisionnement Local : Identifier des Systèmes Adaptés aux Besoins)


Food science

  • Projet ValPro (2017-2020) : This project is supported by Terra Isara in collaboration with 5 companies : Pierre Martinet, Florette, Philibertsavours, Charles&Alice, Lustucru
  • Using the sensor Néose® for monitoring the aromatic quality oh highly hydrated products. (2018-2021). Aryballe project in collaboration with l’INRA
  • Development of innovative fermented products.

Food Systems of the Middle (2015-2019)

This project pay special attention to what we call “food systems of the middle”, inspired by the AMerican notion “Agriculture of the middle” referring to

  • Middle-size farms: the interface between commodities market and local services and local products market, corresponding to the reality of the diversified agriculture in Rhône-Alpes,
  • Local distribution network, between direct sales, short distribution channels, regional sectors and companies,
  • Product differentiation strategies, based on by technological, environmental, territorial, ethical and social qualities and specificities.



Perennial Grains

If the history of human evolution was described in a documentary film of one and a half hour, crop breeding could take like five minutes in the last ten minutes. In that sequence you would note that all the domesticated grain crops spread all over the continents for food production are… annuals! Recently, several research programs have been involved in perennial grains studies about breeding and production in fields. Bred from perennial grasses, wild relatives of our annual grains, they maintain the capacity of post-harvest regrowth and suggest new grain productions the following years without new sowing operation. The most promising candidates are now demonstrating their potential to provide a better balance in sustainability and productivity expectations in fields. The production of both grain and forage provides a dual income stream and flexibility for producers, while the year-round cover and the deep root system bring substantial benefits for soil protection and health. It is also lowering inputs requirements and lixiviation risks for surface and belowground water.