The forest, a laboratory in danger

From tropical forests to Mediterranean ecosystems, discover the fascinating missions of the scientists who use forests as outdoor laboratories.

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Understanding climate change, fighting deforestation or better still preserving the biodiversity of these ecosystems: scientists have plenty to do in forests. But forests are also one of the terrestrial biosphere’s natural carbon sinks. Because of their ability to absorb atmospheric CO2, they play a major role in regulating carbon and the climate.

Journey with us to the heart of our planet’s lungs…

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The Youtube channel Zeste de science explores all aspects of scientific research, proving that even the most complicated scientific facts can be explained in less than 5 minutes, and that even the most seemingly trivial events of everyday life, if thoroughly studied, can contribute to the biggest technological advances. Episode 12: How come all trees have more or less the same shape? Through a virtual simulation of the evolution of a forest, a cross-disciplinary research group…

Why Are Trees Shaped Like That? ZdS#12
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Established in 2009, the Haut-Vicdessos valley Human and Environment Observatory (OHM, Observatoires Hommes-Milieux) in one of those entities created in France and in the world by the CNRS's INEE (Institut Ecologie et Environnement/ Institute of Ecology and Environment) and pooled together as part of the DRIIHM excellence laboratory, or Labex. Its director, Didier Galop, makes a presentation of this cross-disciplinary observatory whose mission is to observe, document and investigate into…

Of a valley and men in Haut-Vicdessos
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To the East of Cameroon, grouped on the roadside near a dispensary, surrounded by deforestation and the creation of cobalt mines, Baka Pygmies try to cope with the shock of modernity about which nothing has prepared them. Working with them in the village of Moangue - Le Bosquet since many years, anthropologists and filmaker deviate from their research fields and take step back to make the observation of this mutation.

Baka Pygmies, the Turning-point
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Marie Charpentier, an evolutionary biologist at the CEFE (Centre d ' Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France) and coordinator of the Mandrillus project (created in early 2012, until April 2013 at Lékédi Park in the province of Upper Ogowe Gabon). There, She has followed, during a year and an half, a population of mandrills in the wild in order to understand the social structure of a group and its impact on the health of its individuals. Her research focuses on the influence…

Bakoumba, the mandrill forest

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