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The research unit, Agroecology, genetics, and tropical livestock systems (UR ASSET ex URZ), was created in 1965; it is located in the tropical zone, in the INRAE Antilles-Guyane center.

The mission of this multidisciplinary team is to Promote Efficient Livestock Systems in a highly constrained environment, from an agro-ecological perspective. The ASSET research unit (UR0143) focuses on mixed crop-livestock systems in the insular and continental Caribbean.

To increase the autonomy of farms and their resilience to climate change, the ASSET research unit is working on improving the efficient use of local agro-biodiversity in these systems. Work is being carried out at several scales, from the animal organism to the agrosystem. The genetics of adaptation to different stresses (heat, parasitism, tropical conditions) are beeing characterized in Creole pigs, goats and cattle. The scientific project is based on four key ideas of agroecology: balance between the animal and its environment, enhancing biodiversity, optimising the circular economy, taking into account the complexity and uncertainty that characterize tropical farming systems. The way in which knowledge and action-oriented innovations are produced is the subject of collaborative scientific valorisation.

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