Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

International Initiatives

Vitapalm – Food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture in Africa

Pleiade has joined the Vitapalm program financed by LEAP-Agri (http://www.leap-agri.com/), the joint Europe Africa Research and Innovation (R&I) initiative related to Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture. Vitapalm will use genomics and selection to improve the nutritional quality and the stability of palm oil produced by Africa smallholdings for local consumption. Project partners are from Cameroon, France, Germany, and Ghana.

Simulation of metacommunities

In collaboration with the Pasteur Institute in Cayenne and the INRA MIA Research Team in Toulouse, Pleiade is developing a stochastic model for simulation of metacommunities, in the framework of patch occupancy models. The objective is a better understanding of zoonose propagation, namely rabies through bat hosts in connection with disturbances of pristine forests in French Guiana, which have an impact on the exposure of human populations to wildlife that act as reservoirs of zoonoses.

CEBA – Center for the study of biodiversity in Amazonia

The Laboratoire of excellence CEBA promotes innovation in research on tropical biodiversity. It brings together a network of internationally-recognized French research teams, contributes to university education, and encourages scientific collaboration with South American countries. Pleiade participates in three current international projects funded by CEBA:

  • MicroBIOMES: Microbial Biodiversities. 2017-19.

  • Neutrophyl: Inferring the drivers of Neotropical diversification. 2017-19.

  • Phyloguianas: Biogeography and pace of diversification in the Guiana Shield. 2015-present