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Managing availability of bioresources on different scales

  • Assessment of potential crop and livestock production by region (to address the issue of ‘crop yield gaps’ and, by extension, their effect on risk management strategies, etc.)
  • Modelling of bioresource flows on different geographical scales: exporting/importing of carbon, nitrogen and water, local uses of bioresources for the bioeconomy, the role of livestock farming, the promotion of co-products with limitations on supplies, etc. 
  • Analysis and modelling of the impact of land use changes and of soil artificialisation
  • Study of mechanisms to store and maintain atmospheric nitrogen and carbon (4 per 1000) in soils: completion of the biogeochemical cycles enriches soils
  • The impact of new foods and diets (in particular ones based on plant protein) on the overall availability of bioresources and their equilibrium

Numerous divisions are participating in efforts within this thematic subarea. First, the EA , PHASE , and EFPA  divisions are evaluating the performance of a large range of plant and animal products. Second, upstream, the BAP  and GA  divisions are participating in the design of new products that minimize resource use, thus helping close biogeochemical loops, another aim of the EA  and EFPA  divisions. Third, downstream, the CEPIA  and SAE2  divisions are contributing to the development of novel bioeconomic industrial systems. This requires a sociological approach to shift technological trajectories and coordinate stakeholder efforts, a task taken on by the SAD  division. The MIA  division is contributing its essential skills in multiscale modelling. The GloFoodS  metaprogramme and, to a lesser degree, the ACCAF  and EcoServ  metaprogrammes are also participating in these efforts, by considering the preservation of useful environments at the global scale; they are also analyzing the potential of agro-ecosystems, and their limitations and adaptability under climate change. The connections between bioresource availability and crop or livestock health management are specifically under investigation by the SMaCH  and GISA  metaprogrammes, respectively.

Keywords: GLOBAL-2