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French National Institute for Agricultural Research

The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) was founded in 1946. Nowadays, it hosts 8.532 staff members (i.e. researchers, technical and administrative employees), 1.891 PhD students, 14 scientific divisions, 19 regional centres, and has a close involvement in the pooling of research resources with other research agencies and higher education institutions in France and other countries, an open-minded policy concerning transfers towards socio-economic partners and a 2009 budget of 772 million euro.

The INRA-Avignon and particularly the Mediterranean Forests Ecology division (URFM) conducts multidisciplinary research in ecology on Mediterranean forest ecosystems. The URFM focuses on modeling the functioning and dynamics of heterogeneous forests to provide tools to support their sustainable management in the context of global change. The structure of URFM consists of sub-sections, including the 'Population Biology and Evolution' laboratory. The laboratory deals with contemporary molecular genetics and is fully equipped, providing the possibility of applying cutting-edge molecular methods. This laboratory applies biology, genetics and demography of populations towards conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems, including Mediterranean. The major objectives of the laboratory are genetic diversity, ecology and evolution of populations of forest trees (GEN), as well as ecology and population dynamics of forest insects. The laboratory team participates actively in developing applications of research in forest genetic resources conservation, fuel breaks design and maintenance, forest management, and protection against pests. The URFM has long been coordinating and participating in European projects.

Person Participating in the Project: Dr. Bruno Fady

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