Jean Clobert 1*†, André Chanzy 2†, Jean-François Le Galliard3†, Abad Chabbi 4†, Lucile Greiveldinger 2†, Thierry Caquet 5, Michel Loreau1, Christian Mougin6,
Christian Pichot 7, Jacques Roy 8 and Laurent Saint-André9



Human activities have altered continental ecosystems worldwide and generated a major environmental crisis, prompting urgent societal questions on how to best produce goods
while at the same time securing sustainable ecological services and raising needs to better understand and predict biodiversity and ecosystems dynamics under global
changes. To tackle these questions, experimentation on ecosystems is necessary to improve our knowledge of processes and to propose scientifically sound management
strategies. Experimental platforms able to manipulate key factors of global change and including state of the art observation methodologies are available worldwide but how to
best integrate them has been rarely addressed. In this article, the authors discuss the case of the national research infrastructure AnaEE France dedicated to the study of continental
ecosystems and designed to congregate complementary experimental approaches in order to facilitate their access and use through a range of distributed and shared

for more details see the April Number Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution


1 Station of Experimental and Theoretical Ecology, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Paul Sabatier University,
Moulis, France, 2 INRA, UMR UAPV-INRA EMMAH, Centre PACA, Avignon, France, 3 Centre de Recherche en Écologie
Expérimentale et Prédictive (Ecotron IleDeFrance), Ecole normale supérieure, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique,
PSL Research University, UMS 3194, Saint-Pierre-lès-Nemours, France, 4 INRA, UR P3F, Centre Poitou-Charentes, Lusignan,
France, 5 INRA, UAR 1275 EFPA, Centre de Nancy, Champenoux, France, 6 UMR ECOSYS, INRA, AgroParisTech, Université
Paris-Saclay, Versailles, France, 7 INRA, URFM, Centre PACA, Avignon, France, 8 Ecotron Européen de Montpellier, Centre
National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montferrier-sur-Lez, France, 9 INRA, UR BEF, Centre de Nancy, Champenoux, France

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