Find the testimonies of some previous colleagues of ARChE_Net.

Marlène Thisselin ( ISTOM, FRANCE )


In my participation within the ARChE Net project, my field work was carried out in India. My work was divided between two partners of the project, in Hyderabad in the Veterinary University SVVU, and in Bangalore in the NIANP National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology.

My study was focused on the fodder (the green grass Hybrid Napier) and the organic matter (ruminant dung). The sampling was done over the fields of the partners, more in some villages in the north of Bangalore. For each area, I took several data to characterise the study site, and therefore, to know and understand more about it.

In the study, the samples have to be taken directly on the field or in the farm. That allowed working with a fresh materiel, closer to the reality and to all its variations. This therefore gave me the opportunity to work and study at the same time on the field and in the institutes, what I have found very interesting. Moreover, I discovered the conditions and the practices of the livestock systems in different parts of India.

I think that this internship was a good experience; I got the possibility of meeting and exchanging with the scientist community from France and India and to learn from them. The Indian partners were moreover very helpful.


Alicja Matysiak ( Université de Montpellier, FRANCE )


I carried out an internship at CIRAD within the ARChE_Net project, from March to August 2014, in Madagascar. My internship was very interesting and I gained a lot of experience that will be useful in my future work. In 2013, I graduated in Animal Biology from the Poznan University of Life Sciences in Poland and in 2014 I obtained, through the ERASMUS Programme, the Master's Degree (M2) from the University of Montpellier on the EPSED course. I am currently finishing my Engineering studies in the field of Zootechny at the Poznan University.

During my internship, the main objective was to create NIRS equations to predict the composition of organic fertilizers in Madagascar.

During this internship I learned a lot, I discovered the NIRS technique as well as the use of the portable NIRS device, a Labspec 4. I was thus able to acquire the basic knowledge in order to put it into practice in a study. I also learned to manipulate the Unscrambler statistical software through which I developed the calibration and the regression equation for organic matter.

From this experience, I hope to have the opportunity to continue working in a developing country because I think that development work gives a lot of possibilities and satisfaction.



mathieuArticle in « The Innovator », the newsletter from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (CSU, Wagga Wagga – Australia)

Development of new on-farm diagnostic tools

Being in the fifth year of an Agricultural Engineering School and after a curriculum oriented towards applied sciences in agronomy and towards agricultural research, I chose to carry out my MSc thesis within an international research project at CIRAD.

The project that I took part in aims to develop new on-farm diagnostic tools for a better use of the resources available on the field. I worked more specifically on the Near Infrared Spectrometry (NIRS), an analytical method that allows characterizing the chemical composition of a sample.

Being an intern at SELMET JRU - CIRAD, within the framework of ARChE_Net project, allowed me to discover a methodology and to explore the basic principles used in the development of tools for the diagnosis and management of farm resources.

During my internship I worked with teacher-researchers (M. FRIEND and J. PILTZ) and with PhD students (S. McGrath from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia). Being heavily immersed and over a long period (six months) in the research community within two organizations so important as CIRAD and Charles Sturt University was only possible thanks to the development of my capacity to be autonomous, an essential quality when working abroad and away from the logistics centre. My work is also positioned at the crossroads of different specialities, IR Spectrometry, Chemistry, and Agronomy which required a significant informative work. To meet experts and to perform bibliographic research work were the capacities that I had to develop during the six months in Australia.

In addition, doing my end of study dissertation in an English speaking country allowed me to practice English on a daily basis and to master the technical vocabulary associated with different domains, ranging from animal nutrition to mathematics, and passing by soil sciences and life sciences.




In order to conclude my studies for the engineering degree in agronomy, I have spent 6 months on Reunion Island working for the ARChE_Net project.  My job? To create mathematical models for enabling the direct analysis of soils with a portable spectrophotometer.

This internship has been a complete and deciding working experience for me. Through the opportunity of contributing to the development of an innovating analytical device, I found myself working among a multidisciplinary team, along with renamed researchers, into a world-renowned structure of research and development, the CIRAD. The CIRAD provided excellent resources, allowing me to work on cutting hedge technology with the finest equipment and software available. The originality of the researches I chose to work on, NIRS analysis of fresh soils, led me to contribute to one of the most promising research fields in agricultural technology. ARChE_Net project aimed at funding such technologies for the purpose of developing and adapting ruminant production systems to a changing environment so that my work, in addition to providing data and first results for the research on NIRS, would also be utilised for the direct development of farmers improving their productivity, but also contributing in the optimisation of their best practices for the protection of the environment.

This working experience has contributed to the development of my skills on team working, creating original protocols and leading an experimental pattern from samples’ collection to statistical data analysis and therefore increased my willingness to work into the research field in agriculture for the development. With my internship completion I have been able to provide good results, leading to the set-up of the first equations for NIRS analysis of fresh soils and with such a reference I am now sure to enter the professional world on good bases.



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