The work of the CEreal Roots Systems (CERES) research team focuses on root development and hydraulics of cereals in relation with water and mineral stresses.
Rice and pearl millet, two major staple foods in Africa and Asia, are our major focus. Crop growth and yield under water and mineral deficiencies depend on optimizing water use and maximizing mineral foraging. In that context, understanding the dual role of root systems in these two functions is critical to develop resilience strategies.
The objective of the CERES research team is to analyse the genetic and hormonal pathways regulating root system development, and decipher and harness the hydraulic mechanisms allowing an optimal control of water losses, in relation to plant adaptation to water deficit or nutrient deficiency. Collectively, our members work from the genetic scale to field trials, using experimental biology as well as modelling approaches. We work in collaboration with national and international teams, especially in the frame of two joint international laboratories-the LMI LAPSE in Senegal and the LMI RICE in Vietnam, and through an active partnership with ICRISAT, a CGIAR research centre.
In addition, we participate actively to national and international training programs, endorsing teaching responsibilities at the University of Montpellier and in LMI partners.