The RICE team (Rice, Interspecies Comparison & Evolution) works on different rice species.
Asian cultivated rice, Oryza sativa, is a staple food for a large part of the world population and yield increase, for instance through better resistance to stress, is one of the major challenges of coming years to deal with the population increase. RICE team's activities aim to explore genetic diversity in O. sativa (including its sub-species indica and japonica), and its related species, including African cultivated species, O. glaberrima, and wild, O. barthii, to identify new genes or alleles of interest for the improvement of Asian rice. We particularly focus on original sources of putative diversity associated to the pangenome concept or to the epigenic control of genome stability. We have also set up genetic (collections, populations) and genomic resources, as well as bioinformatics tools targeted at high-throughput genomic analysis and data integration.
The work of the CEreal Roots Systems (CERES) research team focuses on root development and the physiological mechanisms governing root functions in cereals, in relation with water stresses and nutrient deficiencies. We focus our research on rice, sorghum and pearl millet, three of the major staple cereals in Africa and Asia, and also Arabidopsis thaliana.
Unraveling processes that underlie plant adaptive divergence and phenotypic plasticity is a crucial step towards identifying breeding strategies for maintenance of crop yield and quality under environmental constraint or predicting the adaptive potential of wild plant populations in the context of global change.