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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

Plant adaptation to the environment

Use the defense capacity of plants and their adaptability to adapt to the environment to improve yield and product quality, mitigate climate change and reduce inputs.

Plant adaptation to the environment
Study the response to environmental stresses, biotic and abiotic, to develop varieties adapted to diverse environments.

The SPS teams explore the adaptation mechanisms  of plants to their environment in order to optimize plant productivity under limiting conditions. They study in particular plant responses to water and thermal stress, their capacity to use mineral resources and their tolerance to diseases. These studies contribute to the development of plant varieties adapted to the changing climate and requiring less fertilizer and pesticide treatments.

Expertise in different environmental stresses

  • Response to water stress (duration, extent of the deficit, stage of development, high or low temperature, etc ...)
  • Response to thermal stress : adaptation of plants to  temperature changes in (heat, chilling)
  • Use efficiency of mineral resources : nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus,…
  • Resistance to pathogens : bacteria, viruses, fungi, pests (insects)


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Teams related to this field of application (non-exhaustive list)

Team leader

Research Unit

Team name

Abdelhafid Bendahmane


Flower and Carpel Development

Moussa Benhamed / Cécile Raynaud


Cell Cycle Chromatin and Development

Jean Colcombet / Heribert Hirt


Stress Signalling

Martin Crespi


Regulatory non-coding RNAs in root plasticity

Sylvie Dinant


Phloem,transport and signaling

Marie Dufresne


Functional genomics of cereals-pathogen interactions

Mathilde Fagard


Nitrogen-pathogen interactions

Matthieu Falque

GQE-Le Moulon

Mapping, Gene expression and Polymorphism

Denis Faure / Peter Mergaert


Plant-Bacteria Interactions

Florian Frugier


Signaling pathways controlling legume root system development

Valérie Gaudin


Chromatin dynamics and gene regulation

Valérie Geffroy


Genome Dynamics and Pathogen Infection

Carmela Giglione-Meinnel


Protein Maturation, Cell Fate & Therapeutics

Marie-Angèle Grandbastien


Host-Retrotransposon Interactions

Bertrand Hirel


Management of nitrogen and crops productivity

Michael Hodges


Regulation, Signaling and Metabolic Interactions

Diana Kirilovsky


Regulatory Mechanisms in Photosynthetic Organisms

Anne Krapp


Nitrogen Use, Transport and signaling

Olivier Loudet


Variation and abiotic stress tolerance

Claire Lurin


Organellar Gene Expression

Annie Marion-Poll


Germination physiology

Marie-Laure Martin-Magniette


Genomics Networks

Céline Masclaux-Daubresse


Senescnece, Autophagy, Nutrient recycling and Nitrogen use efficiency

Grégory Mouille


Cell to Cell adhesion and Communication

Graham Noctor


Oxidative Stress, Redox Signaling and Chromatin

Pascal Ratet


Genetic Control of the symbiosis

Matthieu Reymond


Biomass quality and interactions with drought

Béatrice Satiat-Jeunemaître


Dynamics of Cell Compartmentation in plant cells

Sébastien Thomine


Integrated Approches to Ion Transport

Hervé Vaucheret


Epigenetics and small RNAs

Gregory Vert


Cellular Signaling and Ubiquitination