The department brings together research units that focus on meeting future key environmental, scientific and societal challenges. Research activities cover a broad spectrum of environmental sciences and the living world at all scales, from genomes to ecosystems, to plant, animal and microbial organisms, to various spatial and temporal scales (from the paleoenvironment to current or even future environments), and on the scale of interactions between agrosystems, hydrosystems, ecosystems, geosystems and socio-systems.
In order to answer key questions in this field, the multidisciplinary community of the Environmental sciences department uses the full range of scientific and technological knowledge from all disciplines (biogeochemistry, biology, chemistry, ecology, ecotoxicology, geology, oenology, physiology, physics, modeling, economics, sociology, etc.) usually involved in this type of work.
- Director: Jérôme Joubès, Professor at the University of Bordeaux (Laboratory of Membrane Biogenesis - LBM)
- Deputy director: Magalie Baudrimont, Professor at the University of Bordeaux (Oceanic and Continental Environments and Paleoenvironments Laboratory - EPOC)
Research activities in the Environmental sciences department are organized according to three thematic fields:
- Ecosystems under natural and anthropogenic pressure
This field focuses on the structures, functioning, dynamics, viability and resilience of terrestrial (forest, grassland, agricultural) and aquatic (marine, coastal, freshwater) ecosystems under natural and anthropogenic pressure, as well as the induced effects on organisms, their diversity, and resulting functions and on ecosystem services (food, timber, tourism, cultural services, regulation services, etc.). These analyses are largely based on the quantity and diversity of model ecosystems present in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, where many ecological and territorial issues intersect, as well as on national and international perspectives.
- Science of plants and plant products
This field brings together research conducted on plants, from the cell to the plant itself, including microbiota, as well as on plant derived products, using approaches in plant biology and pathology, genetics and genomics, epigenetics and epigenomics, and oenology. Researchers use methods based on integrative biology in order to model the functioning of the plant and its organs, thus contributing to the development of tools for plant improvement, varietal innovation and product quality enhancement.
- Geosciences, chemistry and physics of fluid envelopes
This field focuses on the characterization, quantification and modeling of various aspects of the Earth's surface and subsurface, using geoscience, aquatic physics and chemistry approaches. Research integrates different deep sedimentary environments, their future as reservoirs of various fluids, and natural archives that bear witness to the evolution of environments and climates over the course of the Earth's history.
Major research programs
One major research program is associated with this department:
- COTE - Continental to Coastal Ecosystems Cluster of Excellence
- 9 joint research units: 4 research units, 2 hosting teams, 1 joint service unit
- 40 research teams & 3 doctoral schools
- 830 academic staff, 360 doctoral & post-doctoral students
Component structures of the department
The Environmental sciences department brings together 14 research units, including 6 primary units, 2 secondary units and 6 associated units.
- Biodiversity, Genes and Communities (BioGeCo - UMR-A 1202 INRAE)
- Fruit Biology and Pathology (BFP - INRAE UMR 1332)
- Ecophysiology and Grape Functional Genomics (EGFV, INRAE UMR 1287 - Bordeaux Sciences Agro)
- Oceanic and Continental Environments and Paleoenvironments (EPOC - UMR 5805 - CNRS - EPHE)
- Laboratory of Membrane Biogenesis (LBM, CNRS UMR 5200)
- Oenology Research Unit (EA 4577 (USC INRAE) - Bordeaux INP)
- From Prehistory to the Modern Times:Culture, Environment and Anthropology (PACEA - UMR CNRS 5199)
- Research Group in Theoretical and Applied Economics (GREThA - UMR CNRS 5113)
- Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC – UMS3420)
- Earth, Plant, Atmosphere Interactions (ISPA, INRAE UMR 1391 - Bordeaux Sciences Agro)
- Mycology and Food Safety (MycSA - INRAE UR 1264)
- Vineyard Health and Agroecology (SAVE - INRAE UMR 1065, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, Institute of Vine and Wine Science)
- Aquatic Ecosystems and Global Change (EABX- UR INRAE)
- Environment, Stakeholders and Territorial Dynamics (ETBX - UR INRAE)
- Georesources and Environment (G&E - EA 4592 Bordeaux INP, Bordeaux Montaigne University)
The component council is composed of 15 members, including 8 lecturer-researchers and researchers, 3 support staff and 3 doctoral and post-doctoral students appointed in the department’s 6 primary research units, as well as one external member.
The committee is composed of the directors of the 14 research units of the department, the director of the Institute of Vine and Wine Science (ISVV) and the director of the Aquitaine Observatory of Universe Sciences (OASU).
The department's Scientific council is composed of 3 national and international experts (1 expert per field of the department).
- Institute of Vine and Wine Science (ISVV)
- Aquitaine Observatory of Universe Sciences (OASU)
- BIOGECO: GénoBois Platform, Génome-Transcriptome Platform
- BFP: Metabolome Facility, Plant Imaging Platform (part of BIC)
- EPOC: Major and Trace Metals Platform (M&Ms), Environmental Organic Analytical Chemistry Platform (PLATINUM), Sediment Core Analysis Platform, Isotopy Platform, Physical Measurements Platform, Molecular Biology Platform, Biodiversity Platform, Chemistry Platform, CDTA Transfer Cell (CTT), Geotransfer Cell
- LBM: Lipidomic Platform (part of the Metabolome Facility), LEB Aquitaine Transfer Cell
- OENO: Nano Vinification Platform (Bordeaux Vinif), Microflora Transfer Cell, Process Amaranth Transfer Cell, Biotech Polyphenols Transfer Cell, Oenological Biological Resource Center (ORCB)
- Data Center for Observation in Nouvelle-Aquitaine (OASU)
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