Root development is fascinating !
We study Lupin and Arabidopsis
Come joins us !
Developmental plasticity is a key feature of plants. Since plants produce new organs continuously throughout their lives, their development is strongly affected by the environment and allows a good level of adaptation.
Our lab studies both the fundamental mechanisms of root development and its adaptation to the environment.
Why study root development ?
Roots are very plastic by nature and are therefore a well-suited model to study developmental plasticity. Also roots are easy to image organs and they can be used with a full suite of colorful markers !
Which plants do we study ?
We use the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana since it is small and easy to use ! We also study white lupin (Lupinus albus) since it produces cluster roots in reponse to phosphate deficiency.
What is the goal of our study ?
The very first goal of our research is to understand plants and identify molecular mechanisms. Once this is done, the knowledge can be used for applications. Since white lupin is a crop in Europe, it can be used directly.
We study fundamental mechanisms of plant development. Our research can help improve how we manage fertilizers in the future.
We are researchers, teachers, post-docs, students... and we love science !
Lupin is a crop, its seed is rich in proteins and is used as food and feed !