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  • 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

  • PERMEAGRI: Ecological corridors in agricultural landscapes of the Rhône-Alpes region, France

  • BIODIV+: Multi-level plant diversity for enhanced conservation biological control and crop system resilience

  • PRADIV: Agroecological practices serving biodiversity (natural enemies and pollinators) and performance of cropping systems

  • Eau et AB: Contribution of organic agriculture for water quality preservation

  • TERRAE: Agroecology-Territories – Transition to sustainable agriculture and foods systems

  • Made in AB: Maîtrise des ADvEntIces eN AB – Qu’est-ce que les stratégies de gestion des adventices en AB peuvent nous apprendre sur la gestion des adventices sans herbicides ?– Financement Ecophyto EXPE

  • CASTOR : Des Couverts Associés au Service de la Transition agrOecologique et de la Réduction d’intrants – Financement TERRA ISARA

  • ACR’Eau: Des systèmes en Agriculture de Conservation pour réduire la dépendance aux intrants et préserver la qualité de la Ressource en eau – Financement Agence de l’Eau Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse

  • Agro-éco-Syst’N: Identification de systèmes agro-écologiques à hautes performances azotées – travail plus spécifique sur les systèmes céréaliers bio – Financement CASDAR

  • PEI Engrais Verts en PACA: Gestion des couverts végétaux sans herbicides en production de Grandes Cultures et Plantes à Parfums Aromatiques et Médicinales en PACA – financement Union Européenne et Région PACA

  • FertilCrop: Fertility Building Management Measures in Organic Cropping Systems

  • LEGITIMES: Construction et évaluation de scénarios territoriaux d’insertion de légumineuses dans les systèmes de culture pour répondre aux changements globaux

  • PERGRAIN: Grow perennial crops for grain and forage production – Towards agroecological alternatives for French cropping systems

  • CERPET: Céréales pérennes pour une transition agroécologique des systèmes de culture




Gestion des ressources et systèmes aquatiques

  • RESOTROPHIC: Comment optimiser le fonctionnement du réseau trophique d’un étang pour améliorer la disponibilité des ressources alimentaires pour le poisson ? (Région Rhône-Alpes, Conseil Général de l’Ain)

  • ASSEC: Quelle pratique de l’assec pour la gestion raisonnée des étangs piscicoles de la Dombes et de la plaine du Forez (Région Rhône-Alpes, Conseil Général de la Loire)

  • Innovations agroécologiques et développement durable pour la filière piscicole de la Dombes (Fondation Daniel Carasso, Région Rhône-Alpes)

  • SERVIPOND: Ecosystem services and fish pond systems

  • SEPURE: New strategies of production in pond systems for sustainable fish farming

Sustainable Food Systems

  • Food Systems of the Middle: 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

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


Food science

  • ValPro project: 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. 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.