U3E experimentation unit for aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology

U3E conducts all its work under the EMS environmental management system and is ISO 14001 certified.


U3E is attached to the INRAE ECODIV research department (Ecology and biodiversity of forest, grassland and aquatic environments)

It acts as a resource for research into aquatic ecosystems. Its work is carried out within the framework of national research infrastructures:

  • AnaEE-France (Analyses et Expérimentations sur les Ecosystèmes) (research, analysis and experimentation on continental ecosystems and their biodiversity).
  • The INRAE LIFE Living in Freshwater and Estuaries infrastructure
  • ORE DiaPFC (Observatoire de recherche en environnement sur les poissons diadromes dans les fleuves côtiers) (monitoring of diadromous fish in their coastal river habitats and of the effects of environmental, climate and agriculture-related change).

Through its work, the originality of its tools and the breadth of its expertise, from population dynamics and ecology to ecotoxicology, aquatic ecosystem quality and aquaculture, U3E plays a part in interdisciplinary programmes alongside other French and non-French research bodies.

The river Scorff

Modification date : 18 August 2023 | Publication date : 29 June 2015 | Redactor : U3E experimentation unit for aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology