Combining agroecology and product quality in monogastric farming systems.


In a context of agroecological transition, monogastric animal farming systems face various challenges, related to the availability of feed resources, their environmental footprint, their economic competitiveness, their vulnerability to climate change, and the adequacy of their products to the expectations of consumers and citizens.


The mission of the Sysmo group is to produce knowledge, methods, references and tools to optimize/improve the environmental impacts and the multiple intrinsic and extrinsic qualities of products from monogastric farming systems, by mobilizing several on-farm levers, in particular innovative feeding strategies.

Research areas

The research of the SysMo group covers several axes dealing with complementary dimensions (resources, animal, products, system):

  • Acquisition of new references on the nutritional value of raw materials, on the nutritional requirements and on the metabolic use of nutrients in livestock.
  • Implementation of farming strategies (including precision feeding) to reduce the environmental impacts of pig production, in particular through the recycling of biomass within farms and territories (circular bioeconomy).
  • Evaluation and reduction of the vulnerability of pig farming to climate change.
  • Evaluation of the intrinsic (product-related) and extrinsic (production-related) qualities of pork and pork products according to farming practices and systems.

Expertise and skills

The areas of expertise of the SysMo group cover various disciplines and organizational scales:

  • Nutritional value of raw materials.
  • Pig and poultry nutrition and metabolism.
  • Precision feeding of sow and pig.
  • Environmental impacts of pig farming.
  • Meat quality(ies).
  • Farming systems and pork chains (“conventional”, open air, organic farming, etc.)

The operational skills of the SysMo team cover both methodologies relating to animal experimentation, systemic modeling and multi-criteria assessment:

  • Design and conduct of experiments under controlled conditions and on farms.
  • System modeling (from animal to livestock system).
  • Multi-criteria evaluation of raw materials, pork products and production systems (including Life Cycle Analysis).
  • Agri-food sciences and technology (animal products).
  • Laboratory analysis methods for feed and animal products: biochemistry, physico-chemistry including spectral and non-invasive methods (near infrared spectroscopy).

Florence Garcia-Launay
Tél. : (+33)2 23 48 50 87
Courriel : Florence Garcia-Launay




PhD students

Christine Baratte
Ludovic Brossard (cv Hal)
Justine Faure
Mohammed Gagaoua (cv Hal)
Charlotte Gaillard (cv Hal)
Florence Garcia-Launay (cv Hal)
Maryline Kouba
Etienne Labussière
Bénédicte Lebret (cv Hal)
Lucile Montagne
Francine de Quelen (cv Hal)
David Renaudeau
Jaap van Milgen

Benjamin Blot
Nathalie Bonhomme
Sophie Daré
Philippe Ganier
Alain Marchais
Cécile Perrier
Gwenola Robin

Anastasia Agouros
Clément Garçon        
Emma Gourlez ( subject of thesis)
Guihem Huau (subject of thesis)
Koffigan Kponouglo
Clément Ribas
Coralie Tirlemont
Chloé van Baelen (subject of thesis)

Modification date : 15 March 2024 | Publication date : 10 February 2023 | Redactor : Pegase