DIversité - Adaptation - DEveloppement des plantes



The team's activities are structured along the following themes:

Sex differentiation and determination in palms



Regulation of oil palm inflorescence development

Inflorescence development is highly sensitive to a variety of stresses. It is therefore important to characterize how this phase is regulated in order to understand how the environment impacts production. Thus, we focus on the effects of drought on gene expression and phenomenon of early inflorescence abortion, and we study a floral abnormality that is generated by the in vitro cloning process.


Oil palm fruit and seed development: insights from functional genomics

Diversity and lipid biosynthesis in palm fruits and seeds

Molecular determinism of oil palm fruit abscission

Identification of molecular markers for maturation-related traits


Preservation and germination physiology of oil palm seeds

Molecular and physiological factors of dormancy

Seed cryopreservation


Genetic diversity and reproductive development of the African fan palm (Borassus aethiopum Mart.)

Through this project led by a Beninese partner, we study a palm species of relevance for rural West African economy and for which little data is available.


Our work is based on our technical expertise on palm in vitro micropropagation developed within the GeneTrop platform, and on the development of functional biology protocoles (genetic transformation, VIGS...) aimed at assessing gene functions.



Centre de recherches agricoles - Plantes Pérennes (CRA-PP), Benin

European Network of Palm Scientists (EUNOPS)

Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, Versailles, France

IVIA - Centre De Genomica, Spain

PT SMART, Indonesia

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), Ecuador

Qatar Foundation, Qatar

SAS PalmElit, France

SIAT, Nigeria

Socfindo, Indonesia



Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Université d'Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin

University of Hohenheim, Germany

University of Kasetsart, Thailand

University of Oslo, Norway

Université Ouaga 1 Professeur Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Burkina Faso

University of Walailak, Thailand

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