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Set of wheat experiments at the Moulon site in Essonne, Île-de-France. In the first row, a nursery has been set up to study the responses of various wheat varieties to vernalisation using spring seeding. The most sensitive wheats will not reach the ear emergence stage, but will remain at the vegetative stage. In the background, there are experimental plots of wheat varieties for selection as part of the INRA wheat network. 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.