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The INRA center of Nancy-Lorraine 

Investments for the futur:developmental projects

The INRA center of Nancy-Lorraine is involved in six projects funded by the French stimulus initiative Investments for the Future, of which LabEx ARBRE, supported by the University of Lorraine and managed by INRA, involves research units working on the 'food-wood-land' research axis.

Updated on 09/02/2014
Published on 02/06/2013

In the framework of the French stimulus initiative program, Investments for the Future, the INRA Nancy-Lorraine centre and its research units are associated with six strategic projects: the Laboratories of Excellence (LabEx) for rare metal resources for the 21st century (RESOURCES 21), the Center for the Study of Amazonian Biodiversity (CEBA) and Advanced Research on the Biology of Tree and Forest Ecosystems (ARBRE); Infrastructure Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems (ANAEE-S); Building together a regional scientific and technical culture (CERCo) and the Regional Center for Science Teachers.

LabEx ARBRE - a federated project for improved future forest management

The LabEx (laboratory of excellence) dedicated to Advanced Research on the Biology of Tree and Forest Ecosystems was awarded funding during the second wave of program selection for Investments for the Future in 2012. It is supported by the University of Lorraine and managed by INRA. Participating institutions include AgroParis Tech, the National Forestry Office (ONF), the National Centre of Forest Ownership (CNPF), the Regional Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer for Wood (CrittBois) and the European Forest Institute (EFI) through its Regional Office for Central Europe and its European Forest Observatory (EFICENT-OEF). The director of LabEx ARBRE is Francis Martin, Research Director at INRA. A total of seven units at the INRA Nancy-Lorraine Centre are involved in this project. The overall objective of LabEx ARBRE is to better understand the mechanisms governing the evolution of forest ecosystems in order to predict their responses to medium and long term global change, as well as to develop management approaches. To achieve this, LabEx ARBRE brings together the expertise of more than 300 scientists, engineers, PhD students and technicians. The project was granted funding of 7.5 million euros over eight years.

Infrastructure ANAEE-S: a unique network for studying continental ecosystems

The national infrastructure for biology-health studies, "Analysis and experimentation on ecosystems" (ANNAEE-Services or ANAEE-S) brings together a unique network of experimental platforms, analytical platforms and modeling tools dedicated to investigating the biology and ecology of terrestrial ecosystems. The project is coordinated by the CNRS and INRA (among several INRA units involved throughout France, the BEF unit is located in Lorraine).

Research conducted within the framework of this infrastructure project seeks to understand and predict the dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystems. With 14 million euros granted funding over 8 years, the project will include the acquisition of new equipment for studying continental ecosystems. In this context, the BEF host unit aquired in 2013 a mobile laboratory to be used for advanced measurement operations in targeted natural environments.

A leverage effect for challenging projects

Projects funded under the Investments of the Future stimulus intiative, including LabEx ARBRE and the ANAEE-S infrastructure project, bring together the collective expertise of research and technical units dedicated to the "forest-wood-land" thematic axed focused on ambitious scientific objectives. These programs combine basic and applied research to study forest ecosystems, to evaluate their productivity and resources, to characterize ecosystem services and improve how wood is used as a material.

These projects taken together have a leverage effect as they allow for the implementation of interdisciplinary research. In addition, disseminating aquired knowlege is further optimized through several educational training programs (designed for Masters students, engineering students and industry profesionnals) and through valorization actions (development and transfer of tools for direct application by policy makers and managers).

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