Woody and Field Crops Biology Laboratory

LBLGC (EA 1207) USC 1328 INRAE

The LBLGC tackles topics at several scales, from the ecosystem to the molecule. The laboratory focuses its activities on three main themes:

  1. Tree response to hydric and environmental constraints
  2. Cell signalling pathways
  3. Entomology and integrated biology

The laboratory is organized into three teams on the Université d’Orléans campus. The “Trees and Responses to Water and Environmental Constraints” team focuses on (i) physiological mechanisms involved in the acclimatization and adaptation of trees to drought, (ii) the molecular mechanisms of poplar plasticity to variations in soil water availability, in particular through an epigenetic approach, and (iii)the use of plants for phytomanagement applied to soils contaminated by heavy metals. The second team, “Cellular Signaling”, works on the signaling pathway involved in the perception and transduction of the signal generated by water stress in poplar. Finally, the third team, “Entomology and Integrated Biology”, is studying (i) the behavioural and cellular mechanisms of insects in the face of environmental pollutants, and (ii) interspecific (communities) and intraspecific (population genetics) insect biodiversity, in relation to global change.

Apparatuses and main equipments

  • Ecophysiological equipment (Licor 6400 and 6800, LAI2000, Porometer, Embolism meter, pressure chambers, etc.)
  • Electrophysiology platform

Implications and links with Sycomore 

The team Trees and responses to hydric and environmental constraints (ARCHE) of the LBLGC is involved in Sycomore through the management of one of its research projects (RECONFORT) and its collaboration in another (GENFORFUTUR). The labo is also involved in our scientific mediation projects, through the creation of an educational kit on the theme of forest dieback.