The teaching and research activities of the Department of Biology and Ecology lie at the interface of two scientific axes: agro-ecological transitions & predictive bioengineering. They cover a wide range of disciplines applied to plants, micro-organisms and animals: bioclimatology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, ecology, ecophysiology, genetics, physiology, systematics, epidemiology, and biology of plant, animal (zoology) and microorganism (phytopathology) populations.
The teaching staff in the Department of Biology and Ecology are central to Montpellier SupAgro’s training programmes and contribute significantly to the instruction provided at the engineering, master, vocational and continuing education levels.
The team is deeply involved in the Agricultural Engineering program, offering two pre-specializations and two specializations in the second year, and two options in the third year.
The department's teaching team also contributes to the Sustainable agricultural & food systems for the south (SAADS) Engineering programme through the module, "Ecosystems, agricultural and agri-food territories".
Furthermore, the Department of Biology and Ecology coordinates three second year (M2) specializations of the International Master, "Agronomy and Agrifood Sciences” (Master 3A):
The department also coordinates two co-accredited Master programs:
The Department of Biology and Ecology has strong links with six joint research units (UMRs) in which the researcher-professors carry out their research (AGAP, BGPI, BPMP, CBGP, CEFE, LEPSE) and provides instruction in three thematic fields addressing various agronomic issues.
Innovations and partners
The department has strong expertise in the fields of plant engineering (diagnosis, piloting), plant breeding (variety creation, management of genetic resources) and plant protection.
The department’s transfer activities are based on the development of a very active collaborative network involving the main professional players working in the sectors concerned. Links with partner UMRs are also developed through projects funded by Agropolis Fondation (i.e., Evidap, Adanson, Nectar, CultiVar, PARMI with the UMRs BGPI, CBGP, LEPSE, AGAP, CEFE). These are contributing to very dynamic digital learning (i.e., MOOC) and associated pedagogical engineering efforts.