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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

Plant breeding and biotechnology

Production of plant varieties adapted to sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly agriculture.

Plant breeding and biotechnology
Exploitation of natural genetic resources and development of new breeding tools.

The SPS network Research teams work to improve production and increase natural genetic variability. They develop tools to optimize genetic shuffling, clonal reproduction of genotypes, identification of genes of agronomic interest and targeted genome modification (endonuclease). They also contribute to the evaluation of the impact of the use of these methods on the seed chain at the technical, economic, societal and regulatory levels.


Plant breeding

Mechanisms involved in the control of meiotic crossing-overs, apomixis.

Study of plant biodiversity

New plants for new uses (Camelina and Miscanthus).

Breeding (natural or induced)


  • Library of mutants (T-DNA, tilling)
  • New technologies for  transgenesis (meganuclease TALENs, CRISPRs) and regeneration.


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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

Nicolas Bouché


Epigenetic variation

Françoise Budar


Organelles and reproduction

Jean Colcombet / Heribert Hirt


Stress Signalling

Martin Crespi


Regulatory non-coding RNAs in root plasticity

Catherine Damerval

GQE-Le Moulon

Genetics, Epigenetics and Evolution of Floral Morphogenesis

Mathilde Fagard


Nitrogen-pathogen interactions

Matthieu Falque

GQE-Le Moulon

Mapping, Gene expression and Polymorphism

Valérie Gaudin


Chromatin dynamics and gene regulation

Valérie Geffroy


Genome Dynamics and Pathogen Infection

Marie-Angèle Grandbastien


Host-Retrotransposon Interactions

Mathilde Grelon


Mechanisms of the meiotic recombination

Philippe Guerche


Lipid-Protein Homeostasis in Seed

Pierre Hilson


Biology of the cell and Regeneration

Bertrand Hirel


Management of nitrogen and crops productivity

Michael Hodges


Regulation, Signaling and Metabolic Interactions

Herman Hofte


Primary cell wall

Eric Jenczewski


Meiosis recombination in polyploids

Anne Krapp


Nitrogen Use, Transport and signaling

Patrick Laufs


Transcription factors and architecture

Olivier Loudet


Variation and abiotic stress tolerance

Claire Lurin


Organellar Gene Expression

Olivier Martin

GQE-Le Moulon

Recombination of Alleles in Meiosis: Determinism, Applications, Modeling

Marie-Laure Martin-Magniette


Genomics Networks

Raphaël Mercier


Mechanisms of meiosis

Grégory Mouille


Cell to Cell adhesion and Communication

Fabien Nogué


DNA repair and genome engineering

Catherine Rameau


Branching control in plants

Pascal Ratet


Genetic Control of the symbiosis

Matthieu Reymond


Biomass quality and interactions with drought

Richard Sibout


Secondary cell wall

Hervé Vaucheret


Epigenetics and small RNAs