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Agronomic and Animal Sciences

The Agronomic and Animal Sciences Department aims to improve the understanding, promotion and sustainability of agricultural ecosystems.


Its research units cover several disciplines at different levels, from individual plant and animal cells to whole plants and animals, production systems (crops and animal rearing), farming and land management.


Agronomy and agriculture
  • Plant ecophysiology and varietal selection
  • Agroecology – sustainable agriculture and crop protection
  • Operation and classification of farms, agri-environmental diagnostics, analysis of agricultural practices
  • Soil science
  • Animal welfare
  • Animal nutrition and zootechnics, milk production, ruminants and breeding systems, ruminants, poultry, pigs






Land development
  • Agronomy and land management
  • Spatial analysis of land and land development
  • Regional agroecological solutions
  • Soil mapping


Water and environment
  • Surface hydrology
  • Environmental diagnostics for rural land
Associated scientific and technological facilities

The department uses state-of-the-art scientific infrastructures for its research, including:

In agronomic sciences:


In animal sciences:
  • 3 animal production and R&D units (dairy and brood cows, bull calves, poultry)



Examples of projects and achievements
In agronomic sciences:
  • Exploration of potential long-term partnerships that promote the sustainability of farms and land, involving mixed farmers and breeders, for the provision of food resources by mixed farmers.
  • Exploration of how agro-environmental measures and reduced use of crop protection products affect the yield and agricultural supply activities of a cooperative in catchment areas.
  • Is it feasible to introduce soybeans into cropping systems in Oise from a climatic, agronomic and economic perspective and in terms of the organization of farm labor and potential outlets? What areas, soils and cropping systems should be targeted? What surfaces and volume would be most effective?
  • Experimental agroforestry development project in different catchment areas
  • Applied research and development program for rainwater management in catchment areas
In animal sciences:
  • Behavior of dairy cows when using a milking robot
  • Zootechnical effects of nitrogen supplementation in dairy cows
  • Performance evaluation of weaned piglets fed on prebiotic fiber
Our partners

The department’s research in its specialist fields is supported by an active network of partners, including institutions, research organizations and companies in the sector.


Academic partners
  • UPJV
  • URCA
  • Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech


Institutional partners and associations
  • Agro-Transfert Ressources et Territoires
  • Agroof
  • APAD sustainable agriculture association
  • French Agroforestry Association
  • French Agronomy Association
  • Chambers of Agriculture
  • Picardy Nature Preservation Society


Trade organizations and technical institutes
  • Association of Agricultural Technology Centers (ACTA)
  • Arvalis Plant Institute
  • Regional Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives (FRCA)
  • Sustainable Development Institute (IAD)
  • Institute of Animal Rearing
  • Beetroot Technical Institute (ITB)
  • Network for Methodological Support for Companies (TRAME)
Research organizations
  • French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization (CIRAD)
  • French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA: Orléans, Colmar, Grignon, Laon, Montpellier and InfoSol unit)


Competitive clusters
  • Industries and Agro-Resources, Cereal Valley, PIVERT


We proudly work with:
  • AGCO
  • Alltech
  • Eau de Paris
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Dupont de Nemours
  • In Vivo NSA
  • Michelin
  • Novial
  • Roquette Frères
  • Roulier
  • SEDE environnement
  • Syngenta