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is a laboratory of the Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE) of the CNRS. It is open to national and international scientists’ consortia in the fields of ecology, population and community biology and agronomy.
Ecotron simultaneously allows the climatic conditioning of different sizes ecosystems and the online measurement of states and activities (fluxes) related to different ecophysiological processes.
This research infrastructure interfaces between in situ experiments and those in laboratory
The research topics to be addressed in the Ecotron include fundamental questions about biogeochemical cycles and the role of biodiversity in ecosystem processes. However, The infrastructure is open to other scientific fields (epigenetics, paleoclimatic…) that require a sample observation under controlled environmental conditions.
The Ecotron construction is co-financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), AnaEE France, the Occitanie Region and the CNRS Very Large Research Infrastructures (TGIR).