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Réalisation des semis de maïs sur une parcelle expérimentale du Moulon

Planting maize on an experimental plot in Le Moulon, in the Paris region. The seed bins containing the grains on the experimental planter empty into splayed tubes, making it possible to plant four rows. Technicians watch to ensure that grains fall at an even cadence, and check the intervals between grains. A third technician refills the seed bins on the conveyor. Metal foil is used to mark the start and end of plots where the seed bins must be changed. Scientists at the Quantitative Genetics and Evolution unit in Le Moulon are studying the genetic, epigenetic and molecular control of qualitative and quantitative characteristics and their importance in the adaptation and evolutionary history of plant species. They optimise selection processes based on target characteristics (such as growth, development and adaptation), taking advantage of breakthroughs in genomics and genetic resources, and allowing for changes in environmental conditions and farming methods.

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