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The Institut National de Recherche Agronomique carries out mission-oriented research for better food and nutrition, preservation of the environment and competitive, sustainable agricultural practices. It is ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the World. It has a staff of more than 8500 employees, among these 1800 scientists. INRA has 218 research units distributed throughout France. INRA participated to 166 projects which received funding from the 6th Framework Research and Development Programme (FP), including 43 that were coordinated by INRA. The joint ‘INRA-Avignon University’ Research Unit in Avignon Environnement Mediterranéen et Modélisation de Agro-Hydrosystèmes (EMMAH = Modelling Agricultural and Hydrological Systems in the Mediterranean Environment; formerly CSE unit, Climat, Sol et Environnement) aims at analysing and predicting the impacts of global change (climate, land use, agricultural practices) on ground water quantity and quality, agricultural production and water cycle, soil physical and biogeochemical processes. Eventually, its researches aim at proposing solutions for mitigating these impacts, in particular in Mediterranean landscapes and territories. EMMAH permanent staff includes 59 persons including 30 researchers. They have been involved in a large number of funded research projects (28 in 2008) including several EU funded project (FP7: Geoland2, FP6: IRRIQUAL, CARBOEUROPE-IP, FP5: WATERMED, CYCLOPES (coordination), FP4: ReSeDA (coordination)).

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