The Geo-Environment axis: the plant science engineering branch  

At the Poitiers Biopole, the geo-environment axis brings together actors from the public and private sectors working in the fields of water management and plant science engineering. Signally complementary, the work and studies performed on the theme of plant science engineering by the companies and the research laboratories of the University of Poitiers, the CNRS and the INRA revolve around three large-scale theme-based axes:

· Developing economical and ecologically acceptable methods for plant and crop production. Conducted by Métaflore-Recherche, Jouffay-Drillaud, the laboratory for nutrient transport (University of Poitiers-CNRS), the INRA, the FNAMS and Agrotransfert as well, the work helps, for example, to develop tools meant to optimise the management of water and nitrogen supply, to limit the use of phytosanitary products, and to enhance the profitability of long-lasting development methods.
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· Developing procedures for the industrial transformation of renewable resources. Conducted by Valagro and the laboratory of organic chemistry catalysis (University of Poitiers), the work has essentially to do with the industrial transformation of vegetable oils and the production of new material using plant fibers.

· Botany and the study of ecosystems in natural settings. Conducted by “Symbiose Environnement” and the Regional Observatory of Plant Heritage (University of Poitiers), the work involves the study of natural settings and of the impacts on environment of manmade set-ups. The aims are to preserve and diffuse scientific knowledge of the plant, to study and to conserve regional essences, and to produce the plants needed by academics for their research activity.

For details, look in the directory - Plant Science Engineering  
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