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Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique


Three of the five scientific divisions of INRA (animals and animal products, plants and plant products, cultivated and natural ecosystems) with 5 research teams will be involved.

Sustainable ruminant production systems

The Research Unit UMRPL (Rennes) has an internationally recognized expertise in dairy cow nutrition and husbandry, grazing and grassland management and modelling at animal, herd and farm level. Its overall objective is to improve competitiveness and sustainability of dairy production using forage based systems mostly by grazing.

The Research Unit URH (Clermont-Ferrand) has an international recognized expertise in herbivore nutrition and husbandry with special focus on product quality, environment, animal welfare and sustainable production systems. New research programs are aimed at the characterization of the multifunctional role of grasslands, combining a role of feeding resource for herbivores and a role of environmental resource.

Grassland Ecosystem Research

The Research Unit P3F (Lusignan) has an international reputation on the study of grassland vegetations. Its overall objective is to improve sustainability of grassland-based animal production systems. The group is involved in the French Grassland Society and chairs the Editorial Board of the R&D journal dedicated to grasslands and fodder crops (Fourrages). It contributed to the 2002 EGF Conference on ‘Multi-function Grasslands’. It is involved in knowledge transfer to farmers and extension services through the management of the “Carrefour de l’Innovation Agronomique” (

The Research Unit UREP (Clermont-Ferrand) has an international expertise on biodiversity, biogeochemical cycles and global change for managed grasslands. It has coordinated the FP5 EESD GreenGrass project on the greenhouse gas balance of grasslands and is currently leading work packages and components in the FP6 and FP7 projects CarboEurope, NitroEurope and CarboExtreme.


Research Unit “Agronomie et Environnement” has an international reputation in environmental assessment of agrosystems by pressure and impact indicators. The group participates to European projects and is currently leading the “indicators WP” of FP6-SEAMLESS.