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The INRA center of Nancy-Lorraine 

Scientific strategy

Research at the INRA center of Nancy-Lorraine is structured around two scientific axis themes developed in close collaboration with our academic partners : 'Forest-wood-land' and 'Engineering and food safety'.

Updated on 12/11/2015
Published on 01/24/2013

The 'forest-wood-land' research axis utilizes nearly 80% of the potential reseach capacity at INRA in Lorraine. It is supported by the Institute in collaboration with AgroParis Tech and the University of Lorraine. As the center is located in a region where the forest and wood sectors have historically played an important role, this research also contributes to strategy planning and innovation development supported by regional policy makers.

Research for the 'forest-wood-land' axis is focused on investigating both forests and their associated ecosystems (including grasslands) and complex territories that integrate forests, crops and grassland ecosystems. This axis is divided into six scientific objectives for 2013-2020:

1. To develop approaches in Integrative Biology for trees and associated microorganisms.
2. To expand knowledge of the functional ecology for forests and associated ecosystems.
3. To establish a research center in Lorraine focused on the ecology of plant communities in forests and grasslands in the context of a changing environment.
4. To develop research in functional ecology and genetic dynamics of soil microbial communities (fungi and bacteria).
5. To develop strategies for resource management and ecosystem services (ecological engineering) through bio-ecological and social science approaches.
6. To intensify research on wood as an essential component of tree biology, a bio-indicator of changes and a biomaterial for a sustainable economy.

The 'engineering and food safety' (ISSA) thematic axis represents a scientific priority of the University of Lorraine and receives support from this prominent institution. INRA makes significant contributions in this area through its joint research units and its contract funded units.

Research for this axis is organized around two thematic areas: biomolecular engineering and the transfer of pollutants in the food chain.

A Vision for 2020

The INRA center in Nancy-Lorraine has set the goal for 2020 of creating, together with its partners, a European higher education research center focused exclusively on the area of 'forest-wood-land' studies. In addition, the center will continue to actively contribute to promoting research on food and agriculture in close collaboration with the University of Lorraine.

Center Schematic Diagram for 2013-2018

This diagram is a thematic road map for the INRA center of Nancy-Lorraine for the period of 2013-2018.

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