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The unit

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The BIOEPAR Joint Research Unit (UMR) is under the supervision of two organisations, Oniris and INRAE. At INRAE, the unit is attached to the Animal Health department, and a researcher is attached to the Social Sciences, Agriculture and Food, Space and Environment department in charge of economics.

The unit's missions are to produce and disseminate :

  • knowledge and methods for managing animal health
  • knowledge to understand the mechanisms of appearance and diffusion of transmissible diseases.

The unit brings together scientists from many disciplines: genomics, bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, pathophysiology, evolutionary biology, ecology, epidemiology, statistics, epidemiological modelling, economics and management. This wealth of disciplines, which has been further extended during the term of office, allows for the interdisciplinary construction of research programmes.

It was created in 2008 by merging three former UMRs (ENVN-INRA). These units were all working in the field of animal health, but on different themes and with different methods:

  • Animal health management: epidemiology and modelling applied to endemic livestock diseases,
  • Host-parasite interactions in the environment: parasitology and evolutionary biology applied to ticks and the tick-borne disease Babesia,
  • Aquaculture chemotherapy and antibiotic therapy: bacteriology and pharmacology applied to pathogenic and environmental bacteria in fish.