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Dr. Valérie Le Clerc

Dr. Mathilde Briard


Established for 180 years in the heart of Europe’s leading agricultural and agri-food area, AGROCAMPUS OUEST (Institute for Life, Food and Horticultural Sciences and Landscaping) is a Grande école, or ‘elite public university-level college’ under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Offering an impressive potential unrivalled elsewhere in France for training and research in areas ranging from food production to lanscape architecture, AGROCAMPUS OUEST has a triple vocation: 1) training students to a high scientific level (three training cycles: Master, MSc in Engineering, PhD), 2) conducting multidisciplinary academic and applied research based on the sustainable development of resources and territories, in close partnership with national and international leading research organizations, universities and economic stakeholders and 3) transferring knowledge to the socio-economic sector, following 5 thematic areas (Vegetal, Animal, Systems; Environmental issues- resources, territory and city; Fisheries, sea and coast; Food and Landscaping). AO is ISO 9001-certified for all its activities. All aspects of life sciences are studied here via agricultural and agri-food approaches as well as from economic, managerial and social perspectives.

AO headquartered in Rennes, is composed of two training and research centers, one in Rennes specialized in agriculture and food science and one in Angers specialized in horticulture and landscaping. It is organized in 6 teaching and research departments and 13 research units, among them, one research unit named the Research Institute on Horticulture and Seeds (IRHS).



AO participates in the procedures for community building


AO researchers belonging to QuaRVeg team (Quality and Resistance to pests and diseases in Vegetables crops), one of the 14 IRHS research teams, has a strong expertise in the evaluation of carrot resistance to Alternaria dauci in the field or controlled conditions that will be essential to assess the combination of synthetic and biological PPPs to control Alternaria leaf blight in carrots. The collaboration with Respom, another IRHS team which develop the qPFD diagnostic tool on apple scab to evaluate bio-PPPs will be very helpful to develop this tool on carrot. QuaRVeg skills on genetic determinism of carrot resistance to A. dauci and metabolomics analyses and knowledge on the genetic diversity of A. dauci strains will allow driving the evaluation of host and fungicide resistance.


Used to work every year with carrot producers and extension services in the field and with a long experience in developing new phenotyping tools, QuaRVeg collaborates with IRSTEA and INVENIO to pilot testing of developed technologies


AO also participates in dissemination activities of OPTIMA results.