Joelle Fustec, head of the research unit LEVA


Head of research unit
Agronomy and ecology
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From 2010, head of the research unit LEVA at Ecole Supérieure des Agricultures (Angers, France). Having a background in Plant Ecoplysiology and Ecology, she performed a PhD dealing with architecture of woody plants (1993) and defended her HDR (Accreditation to supervise research) from the university of Angers in 2007. From 2003, at ESA, her research is aligned with a better understanding of the agro-ecological roles of grain legumes in intercrops and aims at improving the sustainability of cropping systems. Her main topics deal with the quantification of nitrogen rhizodeposition and transfer between companion plants, the effect of biotic and abiotic factors on above- and belowground interactions between companion crops, and the management of trade-offs between ecosystem services such as soil fertility, crop production and weed control. She teaches in Master and Bachelor of Science degrees.