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.
Ranging from the establishment of indicators for urban planning to the measurement of coal stocks and including legal and economic instruments for soil protection, this book from the Gessol programme summarises the latest biotechnical and general knowledge on the subject. It underscores the importance of sustainable land management among global challenges and identifies possible levers of action.
2050. By now you are used to seeing drones flying overhead, both in the city and the countryside: An ambulance drone rushing a defibrillator to a patient, a pollinator drone ... Science fiction? Not really. Drone specialists, coordinated by a scientist, have joined forces with a reporter to give us a glimpse of the future of civilian drone aviation. Learn how these new generation flying machines may gradually make their way into your daily life, and not necessarily in the way you might expect.
Zika, A/H1N1 influenza, Chikungunya, SARS, Ebola ... We are being hit hard by the emergence or reemergence of a great many infectious diseases. What is the cause of this phenomenon? Could our modern lifestyle have something to do with it? In the light of the major epidemics that humanity has faced to date, what should we be preparing for in the future? What weapons do we have to protect ourselves? What is research doing?
This book provides clear answers to many very specific questions, validated by renowned infectious disease specialists and written in an accessible style.
Good news: the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease is declining. But 900,000 patients are suffering from it today in France. Moreover, Parkinson's disease affects 150,000 people and multiple sclerosis 100,000. Add a few thousand more who have fallen prey to Charcot or Huntington disease. A stimulating and accessible book aimed as much at caregivers as patients... You will discover the mechanisms behind these diseases, treatment options, hope from research and also some unexpected insights.
The social life of ants has nothing to envy in that of humans: they have managed to conquer the terrestrial world through fascinating behaviour! The unique, adaptive solutions that evolution has devised for ants are revealed here in everyday language and are brought to life by over 150 pictures combining scientific facts with aesthetic charm.
This book, targeting the general public, reveals the beauty of snakes in France and their amazing habits. It illustrates the biological features and morphological diversity of 4 vipers and 9 non-venomous snakes living in metropolitan France. It includes exceptional snapshots: moulting, hunting sequences, hatching, mating combat, playing dead ... The 200 photographs in this book, taken in the wild while respecting their natural habitats, make a plea in support of these magnificent creatures that form part of our biodiversity and natural heritage.
This work, unrivalled in the French-language, provides readers with an overview of the entire marine plankton ecosystem. It explains how the pelagic environment works, the methods used to study plankton, its biology, the biodiversity and ecology of plankton and addresses how human activity is interfering with marine plankton. Physical, chemical and biological processes are explained with concrete examples supported by figures. The book’s many original illustrations facilitate comprehension.
Based on a specific experience relating to an artisanal fishery study in Senegal, the author shows that the role of statistics must sometimes go beyond that for which it was initially intended. When findings clash with reality at the conclusion of a research programme, it could be that there is no clear relationship with the initial question(s) posed. That is when statisticians must get involved.