What are the socio-economic consequences of changes in supply chains in terms of well-being ? The book Social LCAs. Socio-economic effects in value chains, coordinated by Irstea and edited by Cirad, discusses the concept of Life cycle assessment (LCA) and offers an alternative evaluation method to the Corporate social responsibi...
Is irrigating crops using waste water a challenge for the future ? Irstea researchers have developed a new irrigation emitter, patented jointly with Phytorem. The aim : to prevent the emitter from clogging due to particles in the waste water or the development of biofilms. Let's take a closer look.
Inspired by the machines used to shape plastics, an innovative mixer has been designed to produce an efficient mixture of sludge, from wastewater treatment plants, and lime, reducing both economical and environmental costs. This results in limed sludge that is better suited to agricultural use.
Did you know that 6 billion m3 of fresh water are consumed every year in France, including 24 % for household use, 48 % for irrigation and 28 % for industry and energy production ? Just in time for the 2014 Paris International Agricultural Show, the latest issue of Les échos d’irstea proposes a feature entitled "The chal...
There is water on Earth. However, as P. Barthelemy points out, "The Earth is actually brown, dyed blue." He indicates that despite the planet's blue colour, easily accessible fresh water is very scarce. That's why it's so important to save, preserve and evaluate the resource, now and for the future. Irstea research is currently tackling this universal and practical issue.
Irstea, the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, is Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishment (EPST). Irstea consits of 9 sites in France.