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Inauguration of the International Associated Laboratory in Nancy

Following the French-Chinese scientific symposium on Urban Agronomy from 30 November to 2 December 2015 in Nancy, a signing ceremony was held on Wednesday 2 December at the President’s office of the University of Lorraine. INRA, the University of Lorraine (UL) and Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) have signed an agreement to establish up an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) to develop research on the remediation of contaminated soils and the ecosystem services that they can provide.

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Updated on 12/30/2015
Published on 12/14/2015

Contamination of soils and urban agricultural production

The joint laboratory brings together scientists from the three institutions - INRA, University of Lorraine and Sun Yat-Sen University which work in two research units: the Joint INRA-UL Research Unit for Soils and Environment in France and the Guangdong Provincial Key Lab Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation Technology in China.

The International Associated Laboratory conducts research on environments polluted by human activity. Its research is focused on understanding the functioning, impacts and ecosystem services that they can provide, and the means to restore them. The laboratory is vital in France and China at a time when pressure on land is a major issue for ensuring food security for all populations.

A long-standing French-Chinese partnership

This French-Chinese symposium is the 8th in a series on the topic of polluted sites and soils and their remediation. They have been jointly organized since 2009, alternately in France and China. The objective of the symposium on urban agronomy is to identify future avenues for research, the strategy that needs to be implemented and the international collaboration that needs to be set up between France and China.

According to Guy Richard, Head of INRA's Environment and Agronomy Division, the specificity of urban cultivated environments as compared to rural environments resides in the nature of soils and the often high level of soil and air pollution, and especially in the hierarchy of services expected from these areas. Production is rarely the first objective. Esthetic and social services are often more overriding, along with local climate control.

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  • Guangdong Provincial Key Lab Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation Technology (LEPCRT) of Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU, Guangzhou, China)

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