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The Metatron

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

What is the Metatron ?

An ecotron dedicated to the study ecological processes inside semicontrolled environnements. This unparalleled equipment is located on the Commune of Caumont in Ariège (France). It comprises 48 units or populations cages, each stretches 100-m² times 2-m height, where we can monitor and manipulate climatic conditions (temperature, humidity or solar radiation). Cages can be connected by corridors which allow species to freely disperse from one unit to another. This apparatus is used to study the effets of climate and fragmentation on the functionning of ecological systems and to experimentally monitor eco-evolutionary dynamics.

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