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Who are we?

The BIOGECO (Biodiversity Gene Community) research unit was created in 2003. This joint research unit of the University of Bordeaux and INRAE comprised 114 members including in september 2021 : 77 permanent staff (63 INRAE, 11 Univ. Bordeaux, 1 CIRAD, 1 BSA and 1 DSF).

BIOGECO in numbers

  • 7 assistant professors and professors
  • 31researchers                                                                                            
  • 20 engineers
  • 19 technicians
  • 13 PhD students
  • 14 engineers/technicians under fixed-term contracts
  • 10 post-doctoral fellows
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The unit is structured into 7 research teams and 4 skill units (SU) with personnel located on two sites: Inrae campus (in Cestas) and University of Bordeaux (in Pessac), both in the vicinity of Bordeaux city. The organic link between teams and SU favors collective work for knowledge building. This link is ensured by the dual reporting of most of the SU personnel to the research teams as well as that of some researchers to two teams.

A administrative team spread over our two sites ensures the support functions of the research unit. Many other transverse missions are carried out by the unit's staff.

BIOGECO is tightly connected to FAUNA, the wild life observatory of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region and to INRIA through a shared research team (PLEIADE)


Sur la plan de l’enseignement à Bordeaux, l’UMR a la responsabilité de la spécialité Biodiversité & Ecosystèmes Continentaux du Master Science de la Terre, Environnement & Ecologie, et participe à l'enseignement au sein de Bordeaux Science Agro.

L’unité coordonne des réseaux nationaux (R-Syst) et européens (EVOLTREE), le labex COTE, l’équipex XYLOFOREST et participe au Labex CEBA.


In terms of teaching in Bordeaux, BIOGECO is responsible for the Biodiversity and Continental Ecosystems specialization of the Earth Science, Environment and Ecology Master's degree, and participates in the teaching within Bordeaux Sciences Agro Engineer School.


Based on the concepts of ecology and evolutionary biology, part of the knowledge produced is translated into adaptive management strategies for terrestrial ecosystems and contributes to informing public policies on the major issues related to global change.