This work provides a synthesis of recent research on the evolution of agriculture and food in a capitalist system. It is based on approaches not well-known in France such as international political economy and ecological economy.
It studies agricultural processing in terms of ecology, history and geopolitics and traces specific aspects of agriculture and food in the 21st century. Lastly, it proposes theoretical approaches with a view to renewing the agricultural economy.
This book, in epub format, is the result of 40 years of research on modeling the development and growth of plants. The authors reveal, step by step, the process leading up to the creation of the GreenLab model and the conditions under which it can now be applied.
This book will be available in print and PDF format in June 2017.
This book is a synthesis of twenty years of work under the Loire Grandeur Nature Plan. It describes the current body of knowledge on the functioning of the fluvial-estuary Loire River system, the effects of human activities and efforts made to maintain a lasting balance.
This educational work explains the formation and functions of wood in the tree and addresses anatomy as an identification tool. Numerous illustrations complete the precise description of cell and parietal structures of coniferous and deciduous woody species. The examples chosen correspond above all to the French forest species but the bases of the anatomy of wood are the same for all wood anywhere in the world.
Compensatory measures have in recent years become a major management tool in preserving the biodiversity. They are increasingly used in the new environmental regulations. This concept of environmental compensation raises many issues of interest to ecologists, geographers, economists and lawyers alike.
What are its socio-economic challenges (nourish the planet, protect the environment, adapt to climate change, organise the seed industry)? What tools and methods are used? How are the main traits selected and improved? The work answers these questions and ends by assessing what plant breeding has brought to farmers, consumers, the industry and society.
This richly-illustrated work offers a representative panorama of parasitic agents encountered in fish. Based on the new phylogenetic classification concepts, it emphasises the biological properties, epidemiology and clinical effects of groups of organisms in question, in the light of cognitive advances made possible by the new biology tools. It is intended for a wide audience, from the world of aquaculture to animal health and teaching as well as to researchers.
Reproduction has been researched thoroughly and enriched with new tools for exploring living creatures that have played havoc with our knowledge of mechanisms and renewed the concepts. Over one hundred renowned French and international specialists have contributed to this reference work that summarises current knowledge on reproduction and its applications in animals and humans.
This book offers a multi-disciplinary, systemic state of the art on the influence of urban plants on seven sustainable development challenges: microclimatology, controlling energy, hydrology, ambiences, air quality, carbon footprint and biodiversity. Each challenge is assessed based on experimental and digital techniques applied and the outcome of various planting arrangements found in towns.
Ecological engineering surging in popularity and is sparking increasing interest in terrestrial and aquatic environment management. Irstea scientists joined by ten researchers and practicians from other institutes have been wondering about the definition of ecological engineering envisaged as a design and action domain where mobilisation of the living is essential in order to restore, conserve or manage natural environments or those impacted by human activities.