Animal board invited review: OneARK: Strengthening the links between animal production science and animal ecology

Type Article
Date 2021-01
Language English
Author(s) Destoumieux-Garzón Delphine1, Bonnet P.2, Teplitsky C.3, Criscuolo F.4, Henry P.-Y.5, Mazurais DavidORCID6, Prunet P.7, Salvat Gilles8, Usseglio-Polatera P.9, Verrier E.10, Friggens N.C.11
Affiliation(s) 1 : IHPE, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, IFREMER, Université de Perpignan via Domitia, Montpellier, France
2 : Département Environnements et Sociétés, Université de Montpellier, CIRAD, TA C DIR/B Campus International de Baillarguet, 34398 Cedex 5 Montpellier, France
3 : Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), Univ Montpellier, CNRS, Univ Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, EPHE, IRD, Montpellier, France
4 : Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (IPHC, UMR 7178), Université de Strasbourg, CNRS, 23 rue du Loess, BP28, 67037 Strasbourg, France
5 : Mécanismes adaptatifs et évolution (MECADEV, UMR 7179), Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, CNRS, 1 avenue du Petit Château, 91800 Brunoy, France
6 : IFREMER, Univ Brest, CNRS, IRD, LEMAR, F-29280 Plouzané, France
7 : INRAE, UR1037, Laboratoire de Physiologie et de Génomique des Poissons (LPGP), Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
8 : ANSES, Directeur général délégué recherche et référence, 14 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, F94701 Maisons-Alfort Cedex, France
9 : Université de Lorraine, CNRS, LIEC, F-57000 Metz, France
10 : Université Paris-Saclay, INRAE, AgroParisTech, UMR GABI, Paris, France.
11 : Université Paris-Saclay, INRAE, AgroParisTech, UMR Modélisation Systémique Appliquée aux Ruminants, 75005 Paris, France
Source Animal (1751-7311) (Elsevier BV), 2021-01 , Vol. 15 , N. 1 , P. 100053 (11p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.animal.2020.100053
Keyword(s) Adaptation, Agroecosystem, Livestock sustainability, Resilience, Zoonotic disease

Wild and farmed animals are key elements of natural and managed ecosystems that deliver functions such as pollination, pest control and nutrient cycling within the broader roles they play in contributing to biodiversity and to every category of ecosystem services. They are subjected to global changes with a profound impact on the natural range and viability of animal species, the emergence and spatial distribution of pathogens, land use, ecosystem services and farming sustainability. We urgently need to improve our understanding of how animal populations can respond adaptively and therefore sustainably to these new selective pressures. In this context, we explored the common points between animal production science and animal ecology to identify promising avenues of synergy between communities through the transfer of concepts and/or methodologies, focusing on seven concepts that link both disciplines. Animal adaptability, animal diversity (both within and between species), selection, animal management, animal monitoring, agroecology and viability risks were identified as key concepts that should serve the cross-fertilization of both fields to improve ecosystem resilience and farming sustainability. The need for breaking down interdisciplinary barriers is illustrated by two representative examples: i) the circulation and reassortment of pathogens between wild and domestic animals and ii) the role of animals in nutrient cycles, i.e. recycling nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon through, for example, contribution to soil fertility and carbon sequestration. Our synthesis identifies the need for knowledge integration techniques supported by programmes and policy tools that reverse the fragmentation of animal research toward a unification into a single Animal Research Kinship, OneARK, which sets new objectives for future science policy. At the interface of animal ecology and animal production science, our article promotes an effective application of the agroecology concept to animals and the use of functional diversity to increase resilience in both wild and farmed systems. It also promotes the use of novel monitoring technologies to quantify animal welfare and factors affecting fitness. These measures are needed to evaluate viability risk, predict and potentially increase animal adaptability and improve the management of wild and farmed systems, thereby responding to an increasing demand of society for the development of a sustainable management of systems.

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Destoumieux-Garzón Delphine, Bonnet P., Teplitsky C., Criscuolo F., Henry P.-Y., Mazurais David, Prunet P., Salvat Gilles, Usseglio-Polatera P., Verrier E., Friggens N.C. (2021). Animal board invited review: OneARK: Strengthening the links between animal production science and animal ecology. Animal, 15(1), 100053 (11p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :