Director of Eco&Sols
INRA, UMR Eco&Sols
Montpellier SupAgro, bâtiment 12, 2 place Viala
34060 Montpellier Cedex 2, Montpellier, France
Tel : 33 (0)4 99 61 21 17 ; Assistant : 04 99 61 21 01
Website : http://www.jean-luc-chotte.fr
The research that I have undertaken since 1988 when I joined ORSTOM (later IRD) concerns strategies for combating food insecurity of smallholdings in developing countries and in controlling the environmental footprint of the impact of farming practices. It involves the study of ecological organic matter decomposition processes which determine nitrogen flows (a nutrient essential for plants but also a major greenhouse gas) and carbon flows. The research was based on experiments in the field and in the laboratory, always undertaken in collaboration with stakeholders.