UMR Biogeco

UMR Biogeco

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The BIOGECO (Biodiversity Gene Community) research unit was created in 2003. This joint research unit of the University of Bordeaux and INRAE comprised 114 members including in september 2021 : 77 permanent staff (63 INRAE, 11 Univ. Bordeaux, 1 CIRAD, 1 BSA and 1 DSF).

BIOGECO in numbers

  • 7 assistant professors and professors
  • 31researchers                                                                                            
  • 20 engineers
  • 19 technicians
  • 13 PhD students
  • 14 engineers/technicians under fixed-term contracts
  • 10 post-doctoral fellows
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The research unit hosts 40 trainees (from Universities and Engineer Schools) each year, as well as foreign visitors who come to conduct their research.


The unit is structured into 7 research teams and 4 skill units (SU) with personnel located on two sites: Inrae campus (in Cestas) and University of Bordeaux (in Pessac), both in the vicinity of Bordeaux city. The organic link between teams and SU favors collective work for knowledge building. This link is ensured by the dual reporting of most of the SU personnel to the research teams as well as that of some researchers to two teams.

A administrative team spread over our two sites ensures the support functions of the research unit. Many other transverse missions are carried out by the unit's staff.

BIOGECO is tightly connected to FAUNA, the wild life observatory of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region and to INRIA through a shared research team (PLEIADE)


In terms of teaching in Bordeaux, BIOGECO is responsible for the Biodiversity and Continental Ecosystems specialization of the Earth Science, Environment and Ecology Master's degree, and participates in the teaching within Bordeaux Sciences Agro Engineer School.

Scientific positioning

The research program of BIOGECO is oriented towards the analysis of the structure, function and evolution of biodiversity at different levels of life (from genes to communities of organisms) in a perspective of sustainable management of natural resources and environments. The research is developed within 7 research teams supported by 4 skill units which have the common ambition to promote an integrated analysis of biological diversity, considering the interactions between individuals, populations and species as drivers of its evolution.


Based on the concepts of ecology and evolutionary biology, part of the knowledge produced is translated into adaptive management strategies for terrestrial ecosystems and contributes to informing public policies on the major issues related to global change.


                                                                                                                             © Christophe Plomion

Modification date: 16 April 2024 | Publication date: 11 February 2019 | By: C Plomion