The work of the Agronomy joint research unit (UMR) contributes to the generation of new knowledge and the development of methods for the design and evaluation of more sustainable cropping systems. It aims, in particular, to develop cropping systems to meet different objectives: reducing dependence on synthetic inputs, reducing negative environmental impact, providing satisfactory economic profitability, decreasing the use of fossil fuels and allowing the production of diverse goods. The UMR achieves these aims by analyzing the processes of biological regulation, developing methods and tools for the design and evaluation of innovative cropping systems, analyzing the relationships between the spatial organization of cropping systems and pests, and evaluating the overall performance of cropping systems. The work of the unit is based on an analysis of current and past cropping systems and on the design of new cropping systems. Studies are carried out at diverse levels: plot, small region, country and world.
The unit consists of a single team with activities focusing on three scientific themes:
Number of permanent staff: 30