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Newsletter 1

Newsletter SPS



Dear all,

Here is the first issue of the SPS newsletter. It is published at an important stage in the life of the LabEx, marked by the creation of the Université Paris-Saclay (January 1st, 2015).  The work done during the early years has strengthened and significantly streamlined research (e.g. Lidex 3P project and new Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay IPS2) and teaching (Master’s) in Plant Sciences and improved their visibility in Saclay and at the international level. We are for instance organizing the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR 2015, 5-9 July) for the first time in France.

Taking these results into account, it seems that during the second period of the LabEx project (2016-2019), while continuing to support academic excellence (training and research), priority should be given to innovation-oriented activities.

First, because this is a duty for all “Investment for the future” programs, including Laboratories of Excellence. Secondly, because we believe that plant sciences could contribute to the sustainable development of agriculture, health, food and feed, green chemistry and environmental protection.
Finally, this seems to be the best way today to extend the activities of the SPS LabEx beyond 2019 (end of PIA IdEx and LabEx projects). This prospect will be discussed during the coming months with the LabEx working groups, our institutions and our international scientific advisory board, before launching new open calls.

Loïc Lepiniec, Coordinator of SPS



ICAR 2015 : the 26th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research

5-9 July 2015 – Palais des Congrès – Paris
Register now

Creation of the Université Paris-Saclay

An international dimension for research and innovation


Creation of the Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay (IPS2)



Creation of the Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell: I2BC

800 people working on cells in the Paris-Saclay area

LabEx News

▉  Infrastructures

• 2 new robots in the Phenoscope


• High throughput picking of bacteria and yeast with the QpiX 2XT robot

QPix 2 XT

▉  Teaching and training

• SPS Summer School 2015

Summer School

“The Seed Biology Paris Summer School - Next generation seeds: green factories and time capsules” - June 28th  – July 3rd,  2015 Bougival

▉  Innovation

•The Micropresse project and Idex Paris-Saclay


•SPS'innov call

The SPS'innov open call for proposals is devoted to public-private partnerships. It will be launched at the end of February 2015. Projects may be submitted at any time during the year. The main objective of the call is to improve interactions between academic research and private partners (multinationals, SMEs and agronomic networks) to develop innovative projects displaying a high potential for adding value.  

▉  Significant publications

• Plant genetics. Early allopolyploid evolution in the post-Neolithic - Brassica napus oilseed genome.

Science. 2014 Aug 22;345(6199):950-3. 
Chalhoub B, et al.

• Inhibition of cell expansion by rapid ABP1-mediated auxin effect on microtubules.

Nature. 2014 Dec 4;516(7529):90-3.
Chen X, et al.

For more publications :


3 questions to Cécile Raynaud

This medal rewards the first work of this researcher, which makes her a talented specialist in her field. After obtaining a PhD in 2005 at the Institute of Plant Biology (IBP) in Orsay, she was recruited in 2007 by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Read the article :

Cécile Raynaud

Cécile Raynaud is a researcher at the Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay (IPS2) in Orsay. In 2014, she was awarded a CNRS bronze medal.



 ♦ March 19-20
SPS - Meeting
IPS2 - Orsay

Site Icar

♦ July 5–9
ICAR 2015
Palais des Congrès - Paris

Fascination of

♦ May 16
Fascination of Plants Day
Centre Inra de Versailles - Grignon


♦ July 10-11

PGRP Workshop
SNHF - Paris

Summer School

♦ June 28–July 3
The Seed Biology Paris Summer School
Villa des Impressionnistes - Bougival

Saclay plant innov

♦ October 8

Saclay Plant' Innov'



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Master 2 Plant Sciences

QpiX 2XT

High throughput picking of bacteria and yeast with the QpiX 2XT robot
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2 new robots in the Phenoscope

Plant Observatory Platform in Versailles
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3 questions to Cécile Raynaud
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Significant publications

2nd half of 2014
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The Micropresse project and Idex Paris-Saclay

Read more

Creation of the Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell: I2BC

800 people working on cells in the Paris-Saclay area
Read more