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.
Our team aims at studying the evolution of genomes and transcriptomes in link with environmental stress, functional adaptive divergence and the regulation of specialized metabolisms. We intend to analyze evolutive processes related to environmental adaptation and to identify gene repertoires and key metabolites associated with relevant ecological/economical functional traits. Our researches are mainly performed on tropical trees, with a special emphasis on their seeds that accumulate peculiar chemical compounds and exhibit high sensitivity to thermal and water stresses. The complementary skills of the team members enable the development of integrated research strategies coupling genomics, analytical chemistry and physiology.