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ANSES’s services

To carry out its research and reference missions, ANSES relies on a network of nine laboratories on 16 sites across the country, in close contact with France’s agricultural and food production centres.

These laboratories undertake work in three major areas, covering animal health and welfare, chemical and microbiological food safety, and plant health. They have achieved international recognition in their various fields of expertise, including epidemiology, microbiology, antimicrobial resistance and physico-chemical contaminants and toxins.

The laboratories play a vital role in qualifying health hazards through their expert appraisals, epidemiological surveillance, alerts and technical and scientific support, and by coordinating networks of laboratories conducting field analyses, through which they collect data. In particular, the 600 scientists and technicians from ANSES laboratories are engaged in research to identify major pathogens in animal health and plant health and to develop approaches for identifying biological, physical and chemical contaminants in food and water.

These reference and research activities position ANSES at the heart of institutional networks focused on animal health and welfare, plant health and food safety. The Agency entertains direct links with the field, which are essential for carrying out surveillance and issuing alerts, enabling it to respond more rapidly during the resurgence or emergence of new pathogens and contaminants in France.

>> See ANSES’s scientific priorities for 2019–2022 to guide its research and reference activities (PDF, in French)

Laboratory news

TIQUoJARDIN is looking for volunteers to collect ticks from the gardens around Nancy
28/04/2022
News
Nancy Laboratory for Rabies and Wildlife

TIQUoJARDIN is looking for volunteers to collect ticks from the gardens around Nancy

When they bite, ticks can transmit pathogens such as the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease. Although this risk is usually associated with forests, many bites also occur in gardens. The TIQUoJARDIN project is seeking to better understand the associated risks, and to do this it relies on the participation of as many people as possible. After a first campaign in 2021, the scientific team is once again calling on the inhabitants of Nancy and its surroundings to collect ticks in their gardens from 1 May to 10 July 2022.
Understanding the increase in damage caused by a fungus in the Landes forest
21/03/2022
News

Understanding the increase in damage caused by a fungus in the Landes forest

For the past three years, Cronartium pini , a fungus responsible for pine blister rust, has been causing increasing damage to maritime pines in the Landes forest. Work by the Plant Health Laboratory's Mycology Unit has shown that the nearby establishment of peony fields was not responsible, although it had increased its transmission and aggravated the extent of the damage it had caused.
What effect do herbicide-tolerant varieties have on plant biodiversity?
18/03/2022
News
Plant Health Laboratory

What effect do herbicide-tolerant varieties have on plant biodiversity?

The cultivation of herbicide-tolerant varieties (HTVs) of crops raises concerns for plant biodiversity. In a study conducted with INRAE and the regional chambers of agriculture, ANSES measured the impact of their use on plant diversity in and around fields.
CiTIQUE programme wins an award for participatory research
04/03/2022
News
Laboratory for Animal Health, Maisons-Alfort and Dozulé sites

CiTIQUE programme wins an award for participatory research

The CiTIQUE programme, in which ANSES is involved, has just won the first edition of INRAE’s Participatory Research Award, in the Crowdsourcing category. This award recognises citizens' participation in data collection. CiTIQUE is seeking to improve knowledge of biting ticks and the pathogens they can transmit.
The fight against Campylobacter begins on the farm
02/03/2022
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Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory

The fight against Campylobacter begins on the farm

A European expert appraisal led by an ANSES scientist has re-assessed the effectiveness of Campylobacter control measures on chicken farms in preventing transmission of the bacterium to humans. The results have just been published in a scientific journal.
Using artificial intelligence to improve food safety: ANSES and the CNAM create Metabiot, a dedicated research unit
28/02/2022
News
Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory

Using artificial intelligence to improve food safety: ANSES and the CNAM create Metabiot, a dedicated research unit

ANSES and the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) have created Metabiot, a contracted research unit dedicated to the processing of massive data on the safety of foods of animal origin. This new jointly supervised entity will conduct research into diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, and will focus in particular on bacteria that pose risks to human health, throughout the production chain, on farms and in the food processing industry.
Maladie de Parkinson : la drosophile comme modèle pour étudier les effets des pesticides
Une mouche drosophile
04/02/2022
News
Laboratoire de Lyon

Maladie de Parkinson : la drosophile comme modèle pour étudier les effets des pesticides

La mouche Drosophila melanogaster peut être utilisée pour évaluer le risque qu’un pesticide induise la maladie de Parkinson. Telle est la conclusion des scientifiques de l’unité Maladies neuro-dégénératives du laboratoire Anses de Lyon, qui ont travaillé en collaboration avec des chercheurs de l’École normale supérieure de Lyon. Par ailleurs, ce travail sur le paraquat a révélé que les effets du produit au niveau des protéines n’étaient pas tout à fait comparables à ceux du vieillissement. Interview de Jean-Noël Arsac, un des auteurs de l’étude.
A partnership to better control bacteria in food processing facilities
14/01/2022
News
Laboratory for Food Safety
Fougères Laboratory

A partnership to better control bacteria in food processing facilities

The presence of Listeria and Salmonella bacteria in food processing facilities poses several problems: pathogenic for humans, these bacteria are capable of persisting for a long time in the environment and resisting treatment with biocidal products. The Actia Fastypers Joint Technology Unit (UMT) was recently created by the French Ministry of Agriculture for a five-year period, in order to work on these issues. It brings together research teams (ANSES, INRAE) and agro-industrial technical institutes (Actalia, for the dairy sector, and the French Pork and Pig Institute (IFIP)).