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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

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

IPS2
IPS2

The Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay, IPS2, was established in January 2015 and aims to increase the quality and sustainability of the research and teaching activities in Plant Sciences on the Paris-Saclay campus at national and international levels.

IPS2 resulted from a major restructuration and consolidation of 3 of the 4 plant biology institutes involved in the "Saclay Plant Sciences" (SPS) Laboratory of Excellence. The creation of IPS2 structures research, training and innovation activities in line with the objectives of SPS and is supported by 5 institutions: the Universities of Paris-Sud, Evry and Paris-Diderot, CNRS and INRA. It has been strongly supported by the Foundation for Scientific Cooperation (FCS) that coordinates the Excellence Initiative of Paris-Saclay.

IPS2

The research carried out at IPS2 will focus on the analysis of growth and development of model plants and the translation of this research to crops, agriculture and innovations. We strive to better understand the molecular and genetic mechanisms controlling plant growth and their regulation by endogenous and exogenous signals of biotic (bacteria or fungi) and abiotic (water stress, nutrients or other) origins. Analysis of these mechanisms will be conducted in an integrated manner at cellular, organ and whole plant levels. IPS2 will apply multidisciplinary approaches (combining genomics, molecular and cellular biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, genetics and physiology) and also develop tools (including bioinformatics and modelling) required to provide more predictive knowledge and facilitate "translational" research between model species and crops. The unit has 3 platforms dedicated to plants: a) Translational Biology (managing large TILLING collections of tomato, Brachypodium, melon and cucumber) b) Transcriptome and RNA sequencing also involving related methodologies and c) Metabolomics with the recent aim of developing fluxomics.

The objectives underlying the creation of this new institute are:

  1. To gather a critical mass in "Plant Sciences" with high national and international exposure.
  2. To develop strong and unique interaction in Ile-de-France between research and higher education (including 3 universities, a common Master’s program and a Doctoral School in Plant Sciences).
  3. To establish a continuum from basic to applied research in Plant Sciences.
  4. To define an original scientific project, as IPS2 will bring together teams working on the interaction of plants with fluctuating biotic and abiotic environments.
  5. To reinforce the integration of plant research from signalling mechanisms to regulation of gene expression, metabolic processes and epigenetics.

The research at IPS2 will be characterized by the diversity of plants studied, of analytical scales (from genes in cells to plants in their environment) and of integration levels (from organs to whole plants). We hope that IPS2 teams will also interact with industrial partners and/or technical institutes within innovative projects and contribute to the future of agriculture.

Martin Crespi
Institut des Sciences des Plantes de Paris-Saclay
IPS2
Plateau de Moulon
Rue de Noetzlin
Bâtiment 630
Université Paris-Saclay
91405 Orsay