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© Didier TROPÉE / GQE - Le Moulon / CNRS Images
Experimental wheat plots at the Moulon site in Essonne, Île-de-France. This experimental site is divided into micro-plots (7 m²) to evaluate wheat varieties for selection as part of the INRA network. The colour of the plots shows the variation in the maturity of the wheat: the earliest maturing wheat has started to ripen. Research scientists at the Quantitative Genetics and Evolution - Le Moulon unit study the genetic, epigenetic and molecular control of both qualitative and quantitative traits, and their importance in the adaptation and evolutionary history of plant species. They optimize the selection process according to target characteristics (growth, development and adaptation), incorporating advances in genomics and harnessing genetic resources, while taking into account changes in environmental conditions and growing methods.