ANSES celebrates science!
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News of 08/10/2012
8 October 2012
As part of France's national Science Festival, held from 10 to 14 October, the general public will be able to visit three laboratories belonging to the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES). They will discover the broad spectrum of work undertaken there and, for a few days, share in the daily life of researchers.
Ploufragan (Côtes d'Armor): "Fun with food hygiene and a balanced diet"
Children and their parents are invited to enter the heart of the Ploufragan Zoopôle (science park), and discover or rediscover the keys to healthy eating. What is the "use-by date" for? What's the best way to organise food in your refrigerator? Which provides the most vitamin C, an orange or a red bell pepper? Scientists from ANSES's Ploufragan-Plouzané laboratory will introduce visitors to the basics of a balanced diet, proper food storage and good food hygiene practices. Young and old alike will also be invited to explore the contents of a drop of water through a microscope.
The Ploufragan-Plouzané Laboratory is specialised in poultry, rabbit, pig and farmed fish health. It studies emerging diseases as well as the disease-causing agents that have a high impact on the economy of these animal production sectors and which also affect the immune potential of animals. Its activities also involve examining the consequences of new farming methods and the impact of environmental pollutants on animals.
Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais): "The how and why of eating fish"
ANSES's Food Safety Laboratory site in Boulogne-sur-Mer is dedicated to fishery products. It has joined up with Nausicaa, the French National Centre for the Sea, this year's host to the Science Festival in Boulogne-sur-Mer. ANSES's staff will be there to answer visitors' questions: Why and how should fish be eaten? How should fresh fish be stored? What precautions should be taken when eating raw fish? The laboratory's activities and jobs will also be included on the festival agenda.
ANSES's Boulogne-sur-Mer site has two departments: microbiology and physical chemistry, as well as a parasitology activity. It contributes to the quality and safety of fishery products, develops methods for detecting, characterising and quantifying pathogens in fishery products, and also conducts research work prior to the establishment of standards.
Dozulé (Calvados): "Become an equine health research scientist!"
The Dozulé Laboratory for Equine Diseases will be open to the public on Friday 12 October. Visitors will be able to explore the site and learn about the laboratory's activities in the areas of virology, bacteriology, parasitology, epidemiology and pathological anatomy. A fun workshop will be held for each topic to learn more about equine research and enable visitors of all ages to step into the shoes of a researcher for the day. This day-long event is also part of the Equi'days horse festival in Calvados.
The Dozulé Laboratory for Equine Diseases works to control health risks linked to infectious and parasitic horse diseases. The laboratory monitors the onset and spread of major and emerging equine diseases and analyses their causes through autopsies and epidemiological investigations in the field.