The team develops theoretical models and experiments, from individuals to populations, to unravel agroecosystems functioning and improve existing or infer new plant protection methods. Key research questions include: the behavior and population dynamics of arthropod pest-natural enemy systems, the epidemiology of plant pathogens and the management of plant resistance, as well as the optimization of biocontrol strategies. The team is also involved in the development of decision support systems to facilitate real-life implementation of ecological pest management.
M2P2 is also tightly linked to Inria Sophia Antipolis through the joint team Biocore for the modelling aspect of its research.
Its methodological skills in modelling deal with :
- Dynamical systems (ordinary differential equations, recurrent equations, hybrid systems, stochastic models, etc.).
- Computer simulations (large scale dynamical systems, individual based models, computational fluid dynamics etc.).
- Control and optimization theory (optimal control theory, calculs of variations, etc.).
- Statistics (hypothesis testing, statistical modelling, sensitivity analysis, etc.).