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BAGAP research unit

Estelle Serpolay's Personal Page


Scientist at ITAB (French Institute for Organic Agriculture)

Phone: +33 2 23 48 70 49 •

Address: INRA/ITAB - UMR BAGAP, Domaine de la motte, BP 35327, 35653 Le Rheu Cedex, France

Expertise: agronomy, breeding

Keywords: cultivated diversity, participatory research, populations, on-farm research


Current Research Topics

Research is conducted through participative methodology and aims at developing farmers’ seeds and varieties for organic agriculture by:

  • Helping the re-deployment of species and varieties diversity for farmers to adapt and breed them in their own conditions
  • Studying farm varieties behavior all along the food system (from field to fork) in interaction with the different components of their environments with the view to refine their adaptation to organic farming
  • Doing this research with the maximum of actors involved in the food system (choice of research questions, implementation of research programs, experimentation) and in the real conditions (farms, transformation and consumption places.

Current Projets

  • DIVERSIFOOD: Embedding crop diversityand networking for local high quality food systems
  • CERERE: CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: Embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems
  • BAKERY: Diversity and interactions in a low-input ‘Wheat/Human/Sourdough’ agro-food ecosystem: towards a better understanding of bakery sustainability
  • SAFARI: Genetic and specific agrobiodiversity for plant health, soil fertility, adaptation and resilience of cropping systems

Selected productions

La mycorhization, une symbiose au service des cultures, brochure en collaboration avec le CIVAM du Chatelleraudais, 2017 (PDF in French)

Chable V. et Serpolay E., 2016. Recherche multi-acteurs et transdisciplinaire pour des systèmes alimentaires bio et locaux, Techniques de l’Ingénieur, 2016

Serpolay E. et Chable V., 2015. Mieux appréhender la diversité grâce à la complémentarité des méthodes de recherche – Alter-Agri, Mars-Avril 2015

Serpolay-Besson, E., Giuliano, S., Schermann, N. and Chable, V. (2014) Evaluation of Evolution and Diversity of Maize Open-Pollinated Varieties Cultivated under Contrasted Environmental and Farmers’ Selection Pressures: A Phenotypical Approach. Open Journal of Genetics, 4, 125-145.