Founded in 1842
Dedicated to Education and Research in Agronomy at M.Sc. and Ph.D. level
• 1842 – 1853: Césaire Nivière became the first director of the precursor to the school, L’Institut de la Saulsaie set up on his own land in Montuel. He had visited Germany where he was inspired by the farming techniques and England where he saw techniques for water management for farmland. He was a pioneer in reducing wetlands bringing public health benefits to his area
• Gustave Foex who was Director of the school from 1881 to 1897 was a professor of viticulture here from 1870 to 1896 and he created the school vineyard in 1876 to test the American vine-stock’s resistance to phylloxera. At the end of the 19th century, Montpellier was recognized to be THE European centre for studying vines, attracting both eminent researchers and viticulture specialists to the school.
• The school oriented academic course content according to the main crops and agricultural practices already existing in the South of France. Animal breeding and husbandry in harsh zones, vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves on the plains and water management for drought conditions and marshlands
• In the 80s the French government decided to relocate all its tropical and Mediterranean research units to Montpellier, united in Agropolis International. SupAgro is a founding member of Agropolis International with over 2000 researchers, other members include the CIRAD and IRD and the IAMM institute of higher education in agriculture for Mediterranean countries.