Agropolis Fondation coordinates a network of research units in “Agriculture and Sustainable Development”.
This multidisciplinary scientific network builds a continuum of scientific knowledge on plants: from the gene to the agro-ecosystem and the end use of plants, with recognised expertise on a very large number of plant species in temperate, tropical and Mediterranean regions. This network includes more than 41 research units located in Montpellier and its surroundings, but also in Reunion Island and the West Indies with about 1,600 scientists and 900 PhD students.
Agropolis Fondation is today committed to a broader perspective based on three key issues: Feed, Protect, Care.
Our network’s expertise is organised around five key scientific fields:
Plant biology: genetics and genomics, plant improvement, ecophysiology
Biology of plant biotic interactions: plant diseases and pests, integrated crop protection, symbionts, population ecology
Agronomy and management of agro-ecosystems
Sciences of food and non-food processing: management of processing technologies and quality of food and non-food products
Social sciences and agriculture-society interactions
In 2019, Agropolis Fondation has updated its strategy, with the support of its founding members, scientific community and partners. To keep in step with the major challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals and better respond to the major challenges of the agro-ecological transition, three transversal axes have been defined following collective reflection.
The aim is to understand the effects of climate change on agricultural systems (from genes to landscapes, from the local to the international level, and from the short to the long term) and to explore and propose adaptation strategies and mitigation measures.Key issues include:
The aim is to document and analyze measures and policies that support the conservation and promote the sustainable use of biodiversity in various agroecosystems.
Key issues will include:-* links between biophysical functions and biodiversity: study of microbiota, crop associations, wild, domestic, improved and hybrid biodiversity, etc;
The aim is to help ensure a sustainable food system by moving towards more responsible production and consumption.
Key issues include:
The Agropolis Fondation multidisciplinary scientific network builds a continuum of scientific knowledge on plants: from the gene to the agro-ecosystem, the end use of plants and the food and non-food processing system, with recognised expertise on a very large number of plant species in temperate, tropical and Mediterranean regions.
This network includes more than 40 research units located in Montpellier and its surroundings, but also in Reunion Island and the West Indies, with around 1,600 scientists and about 600 PhD students
Each year, the projects supported by the Foundation are the source of very high level scientific publications. This section aims to highlight articles from projects supported by the Foundation that have appeared in high-impact journals. We will update it annually.
In 2020, the eleven best publications published in high-impact journals are as follows:
The Foundation supports scientific projects that foster an integrated, multidisciplinary approach, to address plants in their multiple dimensions (from gene to plant community; from plot to agro-ecosystem; from field to plate; from local to global).
It primarily finances projects that combine temperate, Mediterranean and tropical issues, and make a significant contribution to the major challenges of sustainable development. It supports scientific and educational programmes that are innovative, federative, interdisciplinary and inclusive.