Jean Clobert 1*†, André Chanzy 2†, Jean-François Le Galliard3†, Abad Chabbi 4†, Lucile Greiveldinger 2†, Thierry Caquet 5, Michel Loreau1, Christian Mougin6,
Christian Pichot 7, Jacques Roy 8 and Laurent Saint-André9



Human activities have altered continental ecosystems worldwide and generated a major environmental crisis, prompting urgent societal questions on how to best produce goods
while at the same time securing sustainable ecological services and raising needs to better understand and predict biodiversity and ecosystems dynamics under global
changes. To tackle these questions, experimentation on ecosystems is necessary to improve our knowledge of processes and to propose scientifically sound management
strategies. Experimental platforms able to manipulate key factors of global change and including state of the art observation methodologies are available worldwide but how to
best integrate them has been rarely addressed. In this article, the authors discuss the case of the national research infrastructure AnaEE France dedicated to the study of continental
ecosystems and designed to congregate complementary experimental approaches in order to facilitate their access and use through a range of distributed and shared

for more details see the April Number Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

This technical platform has been set up to allow ecologists to perform large-scale analysis of environmental DNA via a metabarcoding approach. DNA metabarcoding refers to high throughput DNA-based identification of multiple species from environmental DNA. The main applications consist in diet analysis from feces, in biodiversity assessment using soil or water samples, and in palaeo-environment reconstruction using lake sediments and permafrost samples.

The 6th ENVRI week will be organized in hotel NH Zandvoort, Netherlands, May 14-18, 2018. Event page

ENVRI week is a week dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures. It is organized twice a year, in November and in May. ENVRI week hosts ENVRIplus project related sessions as well as several other sessions targeting different groups of stakeholders.

This ENVRI week will host three Hands-on Workshops and Training events. The events are tailored to different staff working in the Research Infrastructures.

  1. 1. Training/Workshop for RI Management staff focusing on how to build a sustainable governance and funding model for your research infrastructure;
  2. 2. Communications Workshop, organized for RI communication managers/officers. The WS will focus on sharing best practices and boosting the cooperation with industry by improving RI communications strategies;
  3. 3. Workshop for the technical RI station managers / Station Principal Investigators to share their experiences, challenges, and solutions on operating RI site.

For more information about these three events, either visit this page or download this brochure.

On the occasion of the arrival of Philippe Mauguin, new CEO of INRA, the new premises of the platform will be inaugurated on December 9, 2016. This new space will allow the platform to increase its analytical capacity in new laboratories dedicated to the study of soil biological diversity and to bring together in the same place people working on the platform. The GenoSol platform is a component of the Agroecology UMR at the INRA in Dijon. The works were financed by AnaEE France infrastruture, of which GenoSol is a part, and the regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the tune of € 1,282,000.

2nd CIRED International Summer School in Economic modelling of Environment, Energy and Climate
"The human part of the mitigation challenge: the role of demand and lifestyles in low carbon pathways"
2-6 July, 2018 – CIRED, Paris, France

The International Research Center on Environment and Development (CIRED) is pleased to announce the second edition of its International Summer School in Economic modelling of Environment, Energy and Climate. The Summer school will take place from July 2nd to July 6th at CIRED headquarters, Paris. The theme for the second edition is "The role of demand and lifestyles in low carbon pathways".

The 'Human and Environmental Genomics' platform is inserted within the national infrastructure AnaEE France for mass sequencing data production and high throughput genes quantifications services.


The 'Human & Environmental Genomics' core facility results from the fusion of 2 previous core facilities “Environmental and Functional genomics” and “Health Genomics” at University of Rennes 1 (France).

The purpose of the core facility is to carry out and assist your sequencing projects, from library preparation to primary bioinformatics analyses of the data generated by our NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) equipment (MiSeq, HiSeq Illumina) and to provide a self-service access to different state of the art equipment.

The core facility benefits from a scientific working environment combining both ecological and medical fields of research. This strength enables our core facility to offer original sequencing strategies and make possible transfers of knowledge and skills gained in both domains. Moreover, with this original scientific positioning, we aim to develop innovative strategies in order to achieve most of your sequencing projects using state-of-the-art genomics technologies.

The Functional Ecology Conference will take place from 10 to 13 Décember at Nancy (France) and will be organized jointly with the AnaEE-France research infrastructure. This will be the opportunity to focus on experimentation in Ecology and thus better know the services offered by the infrastructure. These days are open to all and presentations will be english. The registration program and procedures is available on the site. You can already save the date.

For more details on the scientific program, click here

Determination of enzyme activities by colorimetry - Realization of a circular interlaboratory test

Soil quality is defined by a large number of physical, chemical and biological parameters measured by methods including standardization that is necessary for their routine use.

Development project and international standardization of a soil quality indicator - Creation of an international ring trial to validate the assay of enzyme activity by colorimetry (draft ISO / CD 20130) carried by Nathalie Cheviron, UMR Écologie fonctionnelle et écotoxicologie des agroécosystèmes (INRA and AgroParisTech) is in a process of standardization of protocols for measuring enzymatic activities of soil by colorimetric substrates.

The project has two main steps:

1) the development of the standard text - ISO / CD 20130 - Soil quality - Measurement of enzyme activity patterns in soil samples using colorimetric substrates in micro-well plates;
2) the establishment of a circular test performed from the same soil samples in laboratories in several countries.

The completion of the test will produce a scientific report for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the French Association for Standardization (AFNOR) to support the publication of ISO / CD 20130.

The presentation movie of the european infrastructure AnaEE is now visible by following this link. The goals of AnaEE are presented : they reflect at the European level the goals of AnaEE France at the national level.

The integration of the SETE (Moulis Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station) in AnaEE France has enabled it to extend its range of services in the field of small animals phenotyping by acquiring and commissioning a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device in a suitable laboratory environment. One of the advantages of this technology is that it is possible to examine in virtual cuts in the three dimensions of space the internal structures of the organisms - especially the soft tissues - in a non-invasive way. The measurements can therefore be repeated over time on the same individual without effect on it and possibly pursued on its progeny. It is therefore a technique essential to the study of variations of internal traits during the organisms' development and their transmission and evolution from generation to generation.

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