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L'histoire de l'Inra, entre science et politique

The history of INRA – science and politics


E. Valceschini, P. Cornu, O. Maeght-Bournay

Edition 2018

Set up during the food crisis in the aftermath of the Second World War, France's National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) was founded on the notion that public scientific research into the management of life in all its multifarious forms would be of major importance for rebuilding France’s position in the world. This book, based on original documentation and testimonies of the main protagonists, explores the 70 years of the institute’s life, focusing on the interactions between science and politics.


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Les marées vertes

Les marées vertes

40 clés pour comprendre


A. Ménesguen

Edition 2018

Qu’y a-t-il de commun entre les plages de Bretagne, la lagune de Venise, et le littoral chinois de Qingdao ? Tous les trois ont fait la « une » des journaux en raison d’impressionnantes « marées vertes », causées par l’accumulation estivale de macroalgues. Quelle est la cause de ce soudain dérèglement ? Peut-on y remédier ? Ce petit livre répond sans complaisance ni catastrophisme, loin des polémiques qui masquent trop souvent la réalité.


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Mémento de l'assainissement

Mémento de l'assainissement

Mettre en œuvre un service d’assainissement complet, durable et adapté


J. Gabert

Edition 2018

Ce Mémento est un guide méthodologique et pratique pour la mise en œuvre opérationnelle de services d’assainissement liquide dans les pays du Sud. Il couvre l’ensemble de la filière de la collecte et du traitement des eaux usées et des boues de vidange en contexte rural, semi-urbain et urbain.


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La photosynthèse

La photosynthèse

Processus physiques, moléculaires et physiologiques


J. Morot-Gaudry, J. Farineau

Edition 2018

Phénomène complexe, la photosynthèse implique des mécanismes à la fois physiques et biochimiques. Ce livre présente les deux grandes phases du processus, lumineuse et métabolique. Un aperçu des échanges entre plantes et atmosphère permet également d’appréhender le rôle des facteurs de l’environnement sur l’activité photosynthétique. Cette nouvelle édition fait état des dernières avancées scientifiques dans le domaine.

Pédagogique, largement illustré et muni d’un index indispensable, cet ouvrage s’adresse aux étudiants des universités, candidats aux concours du Capes et de l’agrégation, enseignants en agronomie, pharmacie et biologie.


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Paroles de chercheurs

The talk of scientists

Environment and interdisciplinarity


É. Brun , J. Ponge , J. Lefeuvre

Edition 2017

The mode of operation of institutional research plays a decisive role. We must still think a demand of research in tune with what scientists are expecting, particularly in the evaluation and exploitation of their results. The book gives a large part to the talk of scientists, which we gathered and analysed. It opens the way to better understand the conditions under which interdisciplinary research in environment (climate, biodiversity, energy, pollution ...) can succeed. It also demonstrates that there can be no success of an interdisciplinary project without compatibility and complementarity of the postures of the actors involved. It interests the scientists involved in interdisciplinary projects, who will find material to put into perspective their activity, research managers, territorial managers, politicians, NGOs, students, young researchers, who will discover testimonies of precursors impassioned by the interdisciplinary adventure.


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Science et territoires de l'ignorance

Science and territories of ignorance


M. Girel

Edition 2017

Ignorance can go beyond lack of wisdom or being deprived of knowledge which others have access to: it can be overcome, but it can also be produced. What are the varieties and modes of ignorance, and why is it so essential to take these into account when debating environmental and health issues? This book covers the various forms and the dynamics of ignorance, the return to vogue of controversy and the influence of what are known as conspiracy theories. The author sets out his analysis using many widely-debated examples, such as endocrine disruptors, toxicity of chlorine, smoking, etc.


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Tropical timber atlas

Tropical timber atlas

Technological characteristics and uses


J. Gérard, D. Guibal, S. Paradis, J. Cerre

Edition 2017

This atlas presents technical information for professionals who process and use temperate or tropical timber. It combines the main technical characteristics of 283 tropical species and 17 species from temperate regions most commonly used in Europe with their primary uses.


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Démanteler les barrages pour restaurer les cours d'eau

Dismantling dams to restore watercourses

Controversies and conceptions


R. Barraud, M. Germaine

Edition 2017

This book provides an in-depth analysis of the environmental controversy surrounding the dismantling of weirs and dams, which seeks to restore water quality and aquatic environments. It examines the matter from the point of view of the human and social sciences, in particular that of environmental geography.


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Le temps des robots est-il venu ?

Has the time of the robots come?

Discover how they’re already transforming our daily lives


J. Braly , J. Ganascia

Edition 2017

“A robot in every home”. That is what Bill Gates is predicting for the not-too-distant future! But where exactly do they come from, these robots which are increasingly beginning to play a role in our daily lives? Housework, transport, leisure, care ... which areas have already become the robots’ domain? Do they perform better than humans? Employment, security, human relations ...: might they just turn out to be dangerous? And looking into the future, just how far will they go? All questions for which this book has answers, based on interviews with renowned roboticists and computer scientists ...


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Vivons la ville autrement

A new way to inhabit our cities

Sustainable cities that are great places to live


M. Musy, L. Estival, P. Picq

Edition 2017

Will cities of the future seem like Paradise on Earth, ensuring well-being and good health for all city dwellers? It may sound like a surprising question. And yet from Zurich to Tokyo, via Nantes or Lyon, researchers, businesses and ordinary citizens are working together to invent metropolises of the future that will be great places to live... With the help of around a dozen experts, this book – which takes neither a rashly ecological nor a blindly technical standpoint – explores current changes by pointing out advances as well as limitations.


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