Kinomé, a pilot fish
  • Kinomé is active in applied research to continuously improve its advice and the effectiveness of the entrusted project management. We work in partnership with scientific laboratories and renown universities.

Forest/Water/Climate program


Since 2010 Kinomé studies the impact of changing land use on the climate in semi-arid regions by this on the living conditions of local populations, in partnership with the LSCE-IPSL (CNRS / CEA) LOCEAN(Paris-Jussieu) and LPAOSF (University of Dakar).

For this project Kinomé and its partners have identified two complementary lines of research carried out in parallel in Senegal and in laboratory conditions in France (Saclay and Paris) :

  1. What is the impact of reforestation on flows and stocks of surface climate ?
    The project of the Great Green Wall, on the Senegalese part, and the Assisted Natural Regeneration project of the Forest & Life movement in Peru are the two selected case studies.
  2. How does the change of soil use impact the African monsoon ?
    The project of the Great Green Wall across its perimeter (11 countries in the Sahel-Sudan) is the selected case study.

Through it Forest/ Water/ Climate Programme Kinomé became a partner of the Laboratory of Excellence (labex) BASCin 2012. With two other innovative SME’s and some large industrial groups, Kinomé has been selected to participate in the transfer of knowledge and technologies and in the development of decision support tools that will result by 2020 from this collaborative research project.


Forest/living soil program


Since 2010, Kinomé studies biological soil quality in the context of a new energy wood culture, in partnership with LIMOS-CNRS and IRSTEA (formerly Cemagref): Short Rotation Coppice (periodic cutting back to ground level for stimulated growth).
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An installation of 4 experimental plots of willow thickets was introduced in the Ardennes with the collaboration of the cooperative Luzéal and the company Salix Energie. The ADEME and ANRT organisations provide financial support to the project.

Every day in France, 200 hectares of land disappear (concrete), while it takes 10,000 years to form one meter of soil. Because the soil is a habitat for ¼ of the biodiversity of the planet and because it is a tool for producing 90% of food and feed, we believe it is urgent to find solutions to sustain and restore it.

Thanks to the Short Rotation Coppice case study, we work on the identification of indicators of biological, chemical and physical properties of soils that allows us to quantify the impact of culture on the ecology and functioning of the soil. We chose this case study to offer a new perspective on renewable energy production (fuel) from wood.

      • Marie Stauffer thesis : Willow Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) effect on soil functional properties and quality indicators definition.
      • Marie Stauffer’s publication and poster :
          • Stauffer, M., Leyval, C., Brun, J., Leportier, P., Berthelin, J. Effect of willow short rotation coppice after three years of growth on soil properties as compared to forest, grassland and arable land use. Plant and Soil (2014) 377:423-438.
          • Stauffer, M., Leyval, C., Brun, J., Leportier, P., Berthelin, J. Impact of salix short rotation coppice on soil properties.


Since 2013, Kinomé studies the feasability to develop a biological soil kit, in partnership with INRA (Pessac unit), under the framework of BASC Labex :