ARBRE Seminar – Barry Goodell

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“Decomposition of lignocellulose by the chelator-mediated Fenton (CMF) system in brown rot fungi, and tea thesis role fungi play in carbon sequestration and cycling”

Conference Room, INRA Champenoux
28 May 2018


Professor Barry Goodell has over 29 years of experience in the sustainable biomaterials and wood science and engineering fields, including work in bioconversion and bioenergy, structural biocomposites, and sustainable nanomaterials fields. He holds a Doctorate from Oregon State University was previously a Professor at the University of Maine. He also previously was the Head of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials Department which was restructured with that name under Dr. Goodell’s leadership. He currently serves as a Professor in that department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Dr. Goodell has published over one hundred articles on wood and biomaterials degradation and protection, biochemical mechanisms related to free radical bioconversion processes, engineered wood composites as related to FRPs and PMCs and the development of novel products including advanced hybrid biocomposites. He also holds four patents and two provisional patents, with other patents pending.

Dr. Goodell’s current research interests include:

  • Bioprocessing and Bioconversion of woody biomass and lignocellulose materials,
  • Production of Carbon Nanotubes, Mesoporous carbon and Nanofibers from Wood and Plant Materials, and
  • Biocomposites, Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) and Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) Production.

Dr. Goodell’s visit in France to work with the IAM and LERMAB research units is funded by the University of Lorraine and LabEx ARBRE.

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Conference on the forest project of the future

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The importance of multi-functionality in forest management — bridging the gap between rhetoric and reality, between institutional policies and actual practices

Christian Barthod
28 May 2015
AgroParis Tech, Nancy

On May 28, 2015, Mr. Christian BARTHOD with the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development in France, will present a conference “the forest project of the future”.

Organizing the conference are three students enrolled in the Masters program on Biology and Ecology for Forests, Agronomy and Ecosystem Management (FAGE) with a specialty in Forests and their Environment (FEN).

The goal is to provide a platform of discussion to address a range of topics relating to the forest as a natural environment, the multi-functional forest, the cultivated forest and the producing forest. Mr. Barthod will present his vision of the project by providing a comparative view of the history of forest management in France and the influence of foreign models, notably that of North America.

The first conference will be held at the AgroParisTech center in Nancy, in the HAS amphitheatre from 17h00 to 18h30 and will focus on the topic: “The importance of multi-functionality in forest management — bridging the gap between rhetoric and reality, between institutional policies and actual practices”

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Decoding the oak genome

Chêne givréThe 1.5 Gbp genome of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) has been sequenced. The released high-quality draft genome provides an invaluable resource for studies of the genomic patterns of divergence between oak species and determination of the genetic basis and mechanisms of reproductive isolation. It will also promote downstream genetic applications and catalyze future studies dealing with fundamental questions relating to forest tree adaptation. For more information read: Decoding the oak genome: public release of sequence data, assembly, annotation and publication strategies, by Christophe Plomion et al.

Seminar on Equality for Women and Men in Research

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Thursday 7 May 2015
Faculty of Science and Technology

Amphi 8
8h30 -16h00




In the context of actions carried out by the University around the thematic “Equality between women and men”, the Scientific Pole A2F / SF EFABA and the LabEx ARBRE have organized a one-day event entitled: “Being a woman and working in research – The range and diversity of the profession”

The day will begin with special addresses by human resources managers from both the University of Lorraine and INRA, followed by key-note presentations and a round table discussion.

Follow this link for the complete program : Program

ARBRE – WSL Joint call for proposals

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Call for proposals 2015
Submission deadline: June 30, 2015

ARBRE is a French Cluster of Excellence based at Nancy (Lorraine, France) and managed jointly by the University of Lorraine and Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (Inra), with partnership with AgroParisTech, Office National des Forêts (ONF), Centre National de la Propriété Forestière (CNPF), Centre Régional d’Innovation et de Transfert de Technologies (CRITT) du Bois and European Forest Institute (EFI). ARBRE teams investigate tree biology and forest ecosystem functions at all relevant scales to predict their mid- and long-term responses to global change. ARBRE therefore contributes to the existing international efforts aimed at ensuring the long-term maintenance of forest health and the sustainability of forest productivity. The overarching long-term goal of the consortium is to produce information and models garenteeing forests sustained ability to produce quality goods and services in a changing environment.

WSL is the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. It is concerned with the use, development and protection of natural and urban spaces. The focus of our research is on solving problems to do with the responsible use of landscapes and forests and a prudent approach to natural hazards, especially those common in mountainous countries. WSL occupies a leading position internationally in these research areas. We also provide groundwork for sustainable environmental policies in Switzerland. WSL has, from the start, been active in all regions in Switzerland. In 1888 the first experimental plots were set up across the country to find out more about tree growth and yield. Today WSL maintains more than 6000 experimental and research plots, including large experimental stations for studying rock fall or debris flow, study areas for monitoring the effects of climate change on forests and sites damaged by storms or fires for investigating the impact of these natural hazards.

WSL and ARBRE share many common research interests and devote important efforts to closely related topics in France and Switzerland. Research teams from the two groups already collaborate in many different areas and participate to common European projects. ARBRE and WSL recently agreed to foster cooperation among their research groups and decided to launch a common call for proposals in 2015. Eligible projects imply a very tight cooperation between research groups from ARBRE and from WSL. Matching funds will be allocated by both ARBRE and WSL to selected projects.

All topics dealing with tree biology, forestry and wood sciences and fitting into the main objectives of ARBRE (see Annex 1 in details link provided below) and the focus of forest research of WSL are eligible. Projects should be innovative.

All projects will be submitted to a common review committee nominated by the head of WSL and by the scientific director of ARBRE. The jury will rank the proposals before a final decision is made by the heads of the two institutions.

For more details, please follow this link : ARBRE-WSL Joint call for proposals

A film about the Survivors project

new groupThe final round for the academic competition C’Génial took place recently on April 2nd. The participatory research project ‘Survivors’ (supported by LabEx ARBRE, INRA, the Permanent Centre for Environmental Initiatives (CPIE) of Nancy-Champenoux and by the College Duvivier of Einville-au-Jard) received the College-Research Partnership Award. Mrs. Marchal, the earth and life sciences teacher, together with her students prepared a film for the occasion.

To view the film “Survivors” :

To watch the awards ceremony, follow this link :