Organisation: INRA is a public research organisation ranked 2nd in the world and 1st in Europe for publications in agricultural sciences, and plant and animal sciences. INRA takes part to the project trough the Department of Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology Division. The BIOGECO unit in Bordeaux focuses on biodiversity in forest ecosystems at different hierarchical levels. Its main objectives are to elucidate the mechanisms that shape biological diversity and evaluate the contribution of biodiversity to forest ecosystem functioning. The research group on Forest Entomology and Biodiversity is currently coordinating the FP7 collaborative project BACCARA “Biodiversity and Climate Change, A Risk Analysis”. The Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology research unit (EEF) in Nancy develops research on the effects of environmental stresses at organ, tree and stand levels. It is composed of 3 teams: (1) Tree response to stresses: physiological approaches, intra and inter-specific diversity, (2) Integrated functioning of trees and ecosystems, (3) Long term dynamics and dysfunction of forest ecosystems. This research unit is already involved in several European projects: Novel Tree, Carbo-Extreme, BACCARA, PO-Feder-Guyane. The DYNAFOR unit in Toulouse aims at understanding and modeling the relationships between ecological, technical and socio-economic processes in the management of renewable natural resources at different spatial and temporal scales. This research deals with small fragmented privately-held forests and their multifunctional management, and forest colonization arising from the abandonment of agricultural land. Implemented biodiversity indicators are forest plant, bird and insect communities.
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