DIversity - Adaptation - DEvelopment of plants

The DIADE Research Unit (DIversity - Adaptation - plant DEvelopment) aims to understand the diversification of tropical plants, one of the main original reservoirs of biodiversity, and for which conservation, management and exploitation are an important issue for Sustainable Development.

We investigate the nature and role of structural and functional changes in the genome, diversity and populations structure, particularly during speciation processes, and adaptation to natural environmental variations or human-induced changes.

The research belongs to the field of functional and evolutionary biology. It relies on genetics, epi-genetics, developmental biology, physiology, systematics, evolution. It also integrates other approaches, such as modeling, remote sensing, ecology, etc., when required by collaborative projects. The systems under study make it possible to compare model plants (rice, Arabidopsis) and species of agronomic or ecological interest (coffee trees, filaos, yams, maize, palm trees, mils).

Different levels of analysis, from cell to species complex, are considered. For example,

  • fine-tuning the expression of key developmental genes;
  • the monitoring of developmental transitions;
  • the evolutionary history of gene families;
  • molecular determinants (genes or gene networks) of the phenotypic variation of agronomic or ecological traits;
  • the dynamics and the plasticity of the genomes ;
  • diversity and evolution of populations in response to ecological and human factors.

The seven teams forming the Unit belong to IRD, University of Montpellier and CIRAD.

Thu, Jul 07, 2022
Carmen Escudero-Martinez will talk about her work on identification of plant genes shaping microbiota composition in barley rhizosphere on July-11
Thu, Jul 07, 2022
Welcome to Olivia VANTROEYEN (CDD AI) and Thi Giang HOANG (visiting scientist) in the CERES team
Thu, Jul 07, 2022
Yves VIGOUROUX discussed the importance of crop seed conservation in the Montpellier seed bank on French TV (20h of TF1 on June-26).
Thu, Jul 07, 2022
The South Green platform proposes training in programming and bio-informatics throughout the year. Eight training sessions had been achieved in the first semester!