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French National Institute for Environmental and Agricultural Science and Research (Irstea)

Company headquarters: 1 rue Pierre-Gilles de Gennes CS10030 92761 Antony cedex France

Tel: +33 (0)1 40 96 61 21

Publications Manager:Jean-Marc Bournigal, Irstea President
Editor-in-chief: Aliette Maillard, Irstea Communications Manager
Deputy Editor-in-chief: Emilie Brémond
Project Manager: Denis Cottin
Development.  : KALIOP 
Translation : VOVF agency

Editorial Content

Irstea – Communications and Public Relations Department
1 rue Pierre-Gilles de Gennes - CS 10030



 CNIL – (the French Data Protection Authority)

In accordance with Articles 39 and 40 of the French Data Protection Act as amended by Law No.2004-801 on 6 August 2004 for the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, you have the right to access and rectify any data that concerns you.

Irstea has appointed a data protection officer at the CNIL, in accordance with Article 22 III of the Law of 6 January 1978. This officer keeps a register of in-house processing operations and is normally subject to declaration. It is also responsible for ensuring access rights and rectification.
For any such request, please contact:

Website Content

Irstea makes every possible effort to ensure that the information posted on this site is accurate and up-to-date. However, Irstea makes no warranty as to the accuracy, precision or completeness of the information provided on the site. The information contained on the website is non-contractual and is subject to change at any time.

Updating information provided by users and contributors is usually performed promptly, but may be delayed due to various reasons or restrictions. Errors, omissions, outdated information and broken links can be reported to the following address:

Intellectual Property

The content, text (including press releases), videos, pictures and animations that appear or are available on the site are protected by intellectual property law. No content on this site which is protected by intellectual property law may be translated, reproduced, sold, published, exploited or transmitted without the prior written permission of Irstea.

The trademarks and logos on the site are, except in special cases, the property of Irstea. Unless given prior written authorisation, the user is prohibited from using them.

Google Analytics

"This website uses Google Analytics, a service of web analytics provided by Google Inc.
Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyse the use of the site by its users. The data generated by the cookie about your use of the site (including your IP address) is transmitted and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity addressed to its editor, and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet use.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required by law or where such third parties process data on behalf of Google, including the editor of this site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can disable the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, this can prevent you from using certain features on this site. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes described above. "

Content and links - Warning

The content on this website is provided solely for general information purposes. Although we make every effort to ensure that the information presented on this site is updated and accurate, errors may appear from time to time. This website is not necessarily updated on a daily basis and some information may not be the most recent. Before taking any action based on information found on our website, you should check any element that plays a role in your decision with another source.

The use of information and/or documents available on this site is the complete and sole responsibility of the user, who assumes all the possible consequences thereof; the liability of Irstea cannot be sought in this matter and cannot be appealed against.

Irstea shall in no event be liable for any damages whatsoever resulting from the interpretation or use of information and/or documents available on this site.

This website may provide links or references to other sites that are not controlled by Irstea. Consequently, Irstea declines all responsibility for the content of these other sites and shall not be held liable for any indemnity/damage or damages resulting from the use or the referral to any such content or for the access to, or inability to access, these sites. The links to access other sites are provided to users of this website solely for convenience purposes. When the data presented on this site is personal, users must comply with current regulations and recommendations of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL). The use of information and/or documents available on this site is the complete and sole responsibility of the user, who assumes all the possible consequences thereof.

Our website is freely available but this does not mean we give up our rights or the rights attached to any third party content on our website. The content on this website is the property of IRSTEA or its licensors and are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. You can freely view and print the information obtained from this website for your personal use but you cannot otherwise reproduce any content without the prior written consent of its owner. You are free to encourage others to access their own information available on this website and tell them how to find it. Requests for permission to reproduce or distribute content found on this website should be sent to:
Irstea reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time and without warning, in order to adapt them to the site and/or its operation.

Contact our scientists section

Scientists who have requested to upload the information below on the Irstea website or on those web pages which are linked to the Irstea website are solely responsible for the data and any information that they disclose. Irstea shall not be held liable for anything occurring as a result of this information and data.

Moreover, any action for damages against Irstea or one of its agents relating to material or moral damage caused by the use or non-use of this information which has been made available via the Irstea website or, where appropriate, by the use of incorrect or incomplete information is explicitly ruled out. All of the content on the Irstea website is non-binding and without obligation. Irstea expressly reserves the right to modify, add to or delete all or part of the content on these pages and to suspend its publication temporarily or permanently without prior notice.

Applicable Law

Both this site and the terms and conditions of use are governed by French law, regardless of the place of use. In case of any dispute, and after the failure of any attempt to find an amicable solution, the French courts will have jurisdiction over this dispute.


All content provided on this website is protected by copyright and belongs to Irstea or the third party owner of the content. Subject to the provisions hereof, no content of this website may be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means whatsoever, including without limitation in electronic form, mechanical photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of Irstea or of the third party owner of the content. Unauthorised use of content on this site may violate copyright laws, privacy or advertising regulations and the laws and regulations governing communications and any other national and local laws.

Follow-up and comments

We invite you to send us your questions and comments about this web site or to report any content that you consider inaccurate. Please send your comments along with a copy of the offending content via email to: () adresse mél à insérer

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The most recent pages of the site comply with W3C coding standards. All pages containing official documents are also compatible.

The older pages, including those with mixed content (text, hyperlinks, and iconography) may be incompatible but they will be gradually brought into line.