Charbon des inflorescences, parasite du maïs, au Moulon
Head smut in maize at the experimental farm in Le Moulon, in the Paris region. This disease is caused by the parasitic fungus sphacelotheca reiliana, the spores of which can survive in the soil for several years. 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.