Publications Agroecology

Higher Education Institution Agronomy, food, environment


A scientific policy focusing on agroecology and sustainable food systems.


Christophe David Vice-Dean

Publications Agroecology

ISARA-Lyon's publications

Publications on AGROECOLOGY, first author : ISARA-Lyon 


  • Fleury, P., Cresson, C., Vincent, A., 2016. Agriculture biologique et développement local. Innovations agronomiques Vol. 51, 77–88.
  • Fleury, P., Lev, L., Brives, H., Chazoule, C., Desolé, M., 2016. Developing Mid-Tier Supply Chains (France) and Values-Based Food Supply Chains (USA): A Comparison of Motivations, Achievements, Barriers and Limitations. Agriculture Vol. 6, n°3.
  • Ollion, E., Ingrand, S., Delaby, L., Trommenschlager, J., Colette-Leurent, S., Blanc, F., 2016. Assessing the diversity of trade-offs between life functions in early lactation dairy cows. Livestock Science Vol.183, 98-107.
  • Vanacker, M., Wezel, A., Arthaud, F., Guerin, M., Robin, J., 2016. Determination of tipping points for aquatic plants and water quality parameters in fish pond systems: A multi-year approach. Ecological Indicators Vol.64, 39-48.
  • Vrignon-Brenas, S., Celette, F., Amossé, C., David, C., 2016. Effect of spring fertilization on ecosystem services of organic wheat and clover relay intercrops. European Journal of Agronomy Vol.72 in press.
  • Vrignon-Brenas, S., Celette, F., Piquet-Pissaloux, A., Jeuffroy, M.-H., David, C., 2016. Early assessment of ecological services provided by forage legumes inrelay intercropping. European Journal of Agronomy Vol.75, 89-98.
  • Wezel, A., Brives, H., Casagrande, M., Clément, C., Dufour, A., Vandenbroucke, P., 2016. Agroecology territories: places for sustainable agricultural and food systems and biodiversity conservation. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Vol.40, n°2, 132–144.
  • Wezel, A., Weizenegger, S., 2016. Rural agricultural regions and sustainable development: a case study of the Allgäu region in Germany. Environment, Development and Sustainability Vol.18, n°3, 717–737.


  • Brives, H., Riousset, P., de Tourdonnet, S., 2015. Quelles modalités de conseil pour l’accompagnement vers des pratiques agricoles plus écologiques ? Le cas de l’agriculture de conservation., In : Opérateurs du conseil privé en agriculture, C. Compagnone, F. Goulet, P. Labarthe eds, Educagri.
  • Chazoule, C., Fleury, P., Brives, H., 2015. Systèmes alimentaires du milieu et création de chaines de valeurs: concepts et études de cas dans la région Rhône-Alpes. Economies et Sociétés Vol. 37, n° 8, 1203–1219.
  • Ferrer, A., Dixon, A.F.., Hemptinne, J.-L., 2015. Habitat or prey specialization in predatory ladybird beetles: a case study of two closely related species. Journal of Applied Entomology in press.
  • Fleury, P., Seres, C., Dobremez, L.,Nettier, B., Pauthenet, T. 2015. “Flowering Meadows”, a result-oriented agri-environmental measure: Technical and value changes in favour of biodiversity. Land Use Policy. Vol. 46, 103-114.
  • Peigné, J., Casagrande, M., Payet, V., David, C., Sans, F.., Blanco-Moreno, J.., Cooper, J., Gascoyne, K., Antichi, D., Barberi, P., Bigongiali, F., Surbock, A., Kranzler, A., Beeckman, A., Willekens, K., Luik, A., Matt, D., Grosse, M., Heb, J., Clerc, M., Dierauer, H., Mader, P., 2015. How organic farmers practice conservation agriculture in Europe. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Vol.30, pp.1-14.
  • Vanacker, M., Wezel, A., Payet, V., Robin, J., 2015. Determining tipping points in aquatic ecosystems: The case ofbiodiversity and chlorophyll relations in fish pond systems. Ecological Indicators Vol.52, 184-193.
  • Wezel, A., Fleury, Ph, David, C., Mundler, P. (2015). The food system approach in agroecology supported by natural and social sciences: topics, concepts, applications. In: N. Benkeblia (ed.), Agroecology, Ecosystems and Sustainability. CRC Press, Boca Raton (FL). USA, pp. 181-199.
  • Wezel, A., Soboksa, G., McClelland, S., Delespesse, F., Boissau, A., 2015. The blurred boundaries of ecological, sustainable, and agroecological intensification. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development.
  • Wezel, A., Zipfer, M., Aubry, C., Barataud, F., Heißenhuber, A., 2015. Result-oriented approaches to the management of drinking water catchments in agricultural landscapes. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management Vol.52, n°2.


  • Ferrer, A., Mazzi, D., Dorn, S., 2014. Stay cool, travel far: cold-acclimated oriental fruit moth females have enhanced flight performance but lay fewer eggs. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata Vol.151,n°1, 11–18.
  • Fleury, Ph., Chazoule, C., Peigné J., 2014. Agriculture biologique et agriculture de conservation : ruptures et transversalités entre deux communautés de pratiques. Economie Rurale n°339-340, 95-112.
  • Lefevre, V., Capitaine, M., Peigné, J., Roger-Estrade, J., 2014. Farmers and agronomists design new biological agricultural practices for organic cropping systems in France. Agronomy for Sustainable Development Vol.34, n° 3, 623–632.
  • Peigné, J. Lefevre, V., Vian, J.F.,  Fleury, Ph. 2014. Conservation Agriculture in Organic Farming: Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities in Europe. In: Farooq, M., Siddique, K. Conservation Agriculture, Springer International Publishing AG, 559-577.
  • Robin, J., Wezel, A., Bornette, G., Oertli, B., Arthaud, F., Pobel, D., Rosset, V., Angélibert, S., Vallod, D., 2014. Biodiversity in eutrophicated shallow lakes: determination of tipping points and tools for monitoring. Hydrobiologia Vol.723, n°1, 63–75.
  • Vincent, A., Fleury, P. 2014. Development of organic farming for the protection of water quality: local projects in France and their policy implications. Land Use Policy Vol.43, 197–206.
  • Wezel, A., Casagrande, M., Celette, F., Vian, J.-F., Ferrer, A., Peigné, J., 2014. Agroecological practices for sustainable agriculture. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development Vol.34,n°1, 1–20.
  • Wezel, A., Oertli, B., Rosset, V., Arthaud, F., Leroy, B., Smith, R., Angelibert, S., Bornette, G., Vallod, D., Robin, J., 2014. Biodiversity patterns of nutrient-rich fish ponds and implications for conservation. Limnology Vol.15, n° 3, 213–223.
  • Wezel, A., Peeters, A., 2014. Agroecology and herbivore farming systems: principles and practices. Options Méditerranéennes, A Vol.109, 753–767.

Agroecological practices for sustainable agriculture  



The forecasted 9.1 billion population in 2050 will require an increase in food production for an additional two billion people. There is thus an active debate on new farming practices that could produce more food in a sustainable way. Here, we list agroecological cropping practices in temperate areas. We classify practices according to efficiency, substitution, and redesign. We analyse their advantages and drawbacks with emphasis on diversification.


We evaluate the potential use of the practices for future agriculture. Our major findings are: (1) we distinguish 15 categories of agroecological practices (7 practices involve increasing efficiency or substitution, and 8 practices need a redesign often based on diversification). (2) The following agroecological practices are so far poorly integrated in actual agriculture: biofertilisers; natural pesticides; crop choice and rotations; intercropping and relay intercropping; agroforestry with timber, fruit, or nut trees; allelopathic plants; direct seeding into living cover crops or mulch; and integration of semi-natural landscape elements at field and farm or their management at landscape scale. These agroecological practices have only a moderate potential to be broadly implemented in the next decade. (3) By contrast, the following practices are already well integrated: organic fertilisation, split fertilisation, reduced tillage, drip irrigation, biological pest control, and cultivar choice.


Septembre 2014

Wezel, A.Casagrande, M.Celette, F.Vian, J.-F.Ferrer, A., & Peigné, J. (2013). Agroecological practices for sustainable agriculture. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. online. doi:10.1007/s13593-013-0180-7


22 July 2018
Agroecological Practices - Publication ISARA-Lyon - FAO

Agroecological Practices - Isara Lyon

European agricultural policies and agroecological practices... Agricultural production should provide sufficient food for the world’s population while being economically beneficial for farmers, environmentally friendly, and socially acceptable.

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