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The unit

The joint research unit (UMR) BIOEPAR is both part of the Nantes Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering (Oniris) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). It was created in 2008 by merging three units which all worked on animal health but focused on different topics and using different methods.

  • Animal health management: epidemiology and modeling applied to endemic livestock diseases,
  • InteractionsHost - Parasites: parasitology and evolutionary biology applied to ticks and Babesia, a tick-borne disease,
  • Chemotherapy and antibiotic therapy in aquaculture: bacteriology and pharmacology applied to pathogenic bacteria and fish environment.

At INRA, the unit is attached to the Department of Animal Health, and one researcher is attached to the Department of Social Sciences, Agriculture and Food, Space and Environment in charge of economic topics.
The mission of the unit is to produce and disseminate:

  • knowledge and methods to manage animal health,
  • knowledge to understand the mechanisms of emergence and spread of communicable diseases.

The unit brings together scientists from various disciplines: genomics, bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, physiopathology, evolutionary biology, ecology, epidemiology, statistics, epidemiological modeling, economics, management. This disciplinary richness, which has been extended over the course of the mandate, allows an interdisciplinary construction of research programs.