The LDAR, at the heart of major environmental challenges

Human health, animal health, environment, agriculture... The Departmental Laboratory for Analysis and Research (LDAR) of the Aisne Departmental Council is a centre of scientific expertise recognised in France and in over 20 countries! "Our laboratory is just over 130 years old! It was born from the merger of the Aisne agronomic station, the veterinary diagnostic laboratory and the hydrology laboratory. The Aisne agronomic station, created at the end of the 19th ...

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“Water, an essential resource for the bioeconomy”

Interview with Olivier DAUGER, Climate-Energy Referent of the French Chamber of Agriculture, President of the Hauts-de-France Regional Chamber of Agriculture, President of the Bioresources community of B4C.   What is the situation with regard to water? The pressure on water is increasing. This resource, which we thought was abundant and easy to exploit, is very much impacted by climate change. We are experiencing increasingly recurrent rainfall problems, and our water tables are rapidly weakening. ...

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ALGAIA exploits the full potential of algae

Founded in 2016, Algaia, a company specialising in the industrial processing of algae, is growing rapidly. It is continuing to build on this momentum by constantly innovating and expanding its product range with new processes developed in-house. "Our company has grown and evolved rapidly. As early as 2017, we acquired an industrial site in Finistère, where we process seaweed harvested at sea a few kilometres away. This proximity allows us to ...

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The Blue Bioeconomy: Conquering algae

Algae constitute an unlimited and still underexploited biomass reservoir wherein lies a key raw material for our future. The interest and hope of those involved in the bioeconomy are high. New substances, new strains, new processes, new markets: France has joined the innovation movement which seeks to make the most of the intrinsic characteristics and the high potential of this renewable resource. An inspiring subject “The sea is a vast reservoir of ...

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RITTMO: at the service of sustainable agriculture

A private development and research centre created in 2001, RITTMO designs innovative solutions to encourage the return of organic matter to the soil and support the development of sustainable agriculture. "The creation of RITTMO was based on two observations: on the one hand a depletion of soil organic matter due to cultivation practices; on the other hand an increase in organic waste that could prove interesting for soil and crop fertilization. ...

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Reaching a successful marriage of agriculture and bioeconomy

by Dominique DUTARTRE (Honorary Chairman of the IAR cluster) In its broadest sense, the bioeconomy is the economy of photosynthesis. It considers all activities related to the production, use and transformation of bioresources. It aims to gradually replace fossil raw materials with renewable biomass in order to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It aims to achieve, in a sustainable way, food security and a growing part of material and energy security. From this ...

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