EFNO, Forest ecosystems – EFNO research unit

Attached to the INRAE Val de Loire center, the EFNO unit is committed to questioning and informing the sustainability of multifunctional management of temperate forests in the face of the climate crisis (with a particular focus on oaks and pines), through the dual prism of competition for resources and conservation of epigenetic biodiversity, by mobilizing several sub-disciplines of ecology (forestry, functional and community ecology in particular), with a view to effectively transferring the knowledge produced to players in the sector and in public policy.

The EFNO research unit is located on the Barres estate in Nogent-sur-Vernisson (45). It comprises four teams:

  • BIODIVERSITY – Interactions between forest management and specific biodiversity – Preserving forest species in our territories.
  • FONA – Interaction Forest Ungulates Human Activities – Reconciling wild ungulates and forest ecosystems.
  • FORHET – Heterogeneous forests – Understanding and modeling forest renewal and growth.
  • GEEDAAF – Study and expertise group on the Adaptive Diversity of Forest Trees – Conserving and enhancing the genetic diversity of trees.

Apparatuses and main equipments

  • Entomology laboratory, ecology laboratory, greenhouses and nursery, access to an on-site forest estate of almost 150 ha
  • OPTMix (Oak Pine Tree Mixture) experimental apparatus on oak-pine mixtures and stand density, located in the Orléans forest
  • Contribution to various In-Sylva research infrastructure projects

Implications and links with Sycomore

EFNO coordinates and leads the program, pilots the research project RENOUV, and collaborates on two other projects (RECONFORT & GENFORFUTUR). Three teams are involved in ARD (Biodiversite, Fona and Forhet).