• Bioeconomy
  • Chemistry and Materials
  • Energy and Environment
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Maritime Ambitions

BioEcoAgro (BioEcoAgro)

Research unit - UMR 1158


BioEcoAgro lab is a Franco-Belgian center of excellence in the field of biological engineering applied to agriculture, biotechnology, agri-food, environment and development of agroresources. Our projects mainly concern the understanding of the functioning of plants and ecosystems; identification, characterization and bioproduction of active biomolecules (of plant and microbial origin) for use in human, animal or plant health; food quality and safety; biopreservation; biocontrol as well as the eco-design of processes and products. We are open to all academic and industrial collaborations and propose services in line with our expertise.


  • Jean-Louis Hilbert
    Assistant director
  • Philippe Jacques
  • Joël Leonard
    Deputy director
  • Francois Mesnard
    Deputy director


Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Lille, Avenue Paul Langevin
Campus Cité Scientifique, Université de Lille




Effectif total : 300

Personnel de recherche : 146

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 68



• Functioning and adaptation of plants
• Plant / soil / environment interactions
• Plant disease biocontrol agents
• Management, optimization and design of cropping systems
• Peptides and lipopeptides
• Metabolites of plant or microbial origin
• Transformation/valorization of biomass by microbial or enzymatic action
• Protein hydrolysates
• Food and digestive microbial ecosystems
• Biopreservation and food formulation
• Food quality and safety

Example(s) of projects

• Antimicrobial properties of specialized metabolites in hops
• Valorization of co-products from the agri-food industry by eco-processes for the extraction and purification of phenolic antioxidants
• Health effects and reduction of the bitterness of industrial chicory (Joint laboratory Chic41Health)
• Development of new biopesticides of microbial origin (INTERREG SMARTBIOCONTROL project)

Example(s) of publications

• The Production of Sex Pheromone in Lady Beetles Is Conditioned by Presence of Aphids and Not by Mating Status, Verheggen François, Cherif Asma, Martin Clément, Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2020. 🡭
• Antimicrobial Activity of Lipopeptide Biosurfactants Against Foodborne Pathogen and Food Spoilage Microorganisms and Their Cytotoxicity. Konstantina Kourmentza, Xavier Gromada, Nicholas Michael, Charlotte Degraeve, Gaetan Vanier, Rozenn Ravallec, Francois Coutte, Kimon Andreas Karatzas and Paula Jauregi. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2021. 🡭
• Long term response of water and nitrogen fluxes to Good Agricultural Practices at field and catchment scales.Beaudoin, N., Venet, E., Maucorps, J., Vandenberghe, C., Pugeaux, N., Viennot, P., Gourcy, L., Brayer, C., Machet, J.M., Couturier, A., Billly, C., Vigour, N., Hulin, G., Dorel, G., Mary, B., Science of The Total Environment, 2021. 🡭

Discover the full list of publications here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

AgroParisTech, VetAgro Sup, Gembloux AgroBiotech (University of Liège)

Université Laval (Canada, with an international associated laboratory), Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil with an international associated laboratory), Astrakhan State University (Russia), University of Oran (Algeria), University of Béjaïa (Algeria), Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (Morocco), Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands), University of Tübingen (Germany)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

2 joint laboratories with companies (ALLINPEP with Ingrédia, Chic41Health with Florimond-Desprez), 3 industrial chairs

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Biotechnology
  • Health / wellness
  • Agri-food industry
  • Agriculture
  • Cosmetics
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Identification, characterization and bioproduction of active biomolecules (of plant and microbial origin)
• Management of cropping systems and optimization of cultivation techniques within these systems
• Optimization / improvement of agricultural practices
• Design of innovative cropping systems, through the production of agronomic, economic and environmental performance indicators
• Determination of nutritional properties
• Determination of organoleptic properties
• Transformation of biomass by enzymatic or microbial catalysis
• Development of eco-processes
• Development of selective separation processes
• Characterization of foods at the macroscopic, microscopic and molecular levels

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.


We possess a wide range of equipment regrouped within the internal and external technological platforms:
• Technological platforms, including two experimental farms
• Exceptional equipment TERRA
• Unique industrial fermentation platform
• Food technology halls...

Biological materials

• Plant collections


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Partner institution(s)


GIS Génochic
GIS Cartochic

Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Bioeconomy
    • Biobased chemistry
  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Circular economy, life cycle analysis
    • Green chemistry
    • Industrial processes engineering, efficient processes
  • Energy and Environment
    • Biodiversity
  • Health and Nutrition
    • Food ingredients
    • Genetics, biomarkers and biomolecules
    • Safe, healthy and sustainable food
  • Maritime Ambitions
    • Marine resources
    • Maritime safety and security