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Technical Skill Unit – Observation, Experimentation, Laboratory

Head of group: Inge van Halder

Financial manager: Florence Le Pierres


This group comprises 10 technical and engineering staff from the UMR Biogeco. It provides technical support to all the unit's teams for their research projects. It promotes the sharing of skills, the development of know-how, mutual assistance, and the management and maintenance of common equipments. It plays an active role in the unit's technical presentations during seminars and thematic days. 

Its activities include:

  • The sharing of technical knowledge to allow the development of new projects such as the development of insect trapping techniques, scientific climbing and high-speed phenotyping of trees using electronic microdendrometers and aerial imaging (drone). The use of spectral imaging is also studied for forest health monitoring. This group also aims to develop imaging techniques for the phenological monitoring of trees.
  • The management and maintenance of  experiments and field essays (management in controlled environments (greenhouse, climatic chamber) and in natural environments).
  • The design and monitoring of field experiments (pedoclimatic, sanitary, floristic and faunistic surveys, sampling).
  • Laboratory experimentation (sample management, sample pre-treatment and conditioning, microbiology).
  • Instrumentation and phenotyping (GPS, GIS, automatic recorders, 3D architecture, imagery, drone, ecophysiology, resistance/sensitivity to pathogens and insects, animal behaviour).


Observation, experimentation, laboratory, fauna, flora









Jennifer DUDIT



Jean-Marc LOUVET

These people work for 15 to 90 % of their time in this group. The rest of their time is spend in a scientific team or in transversal acitivities.