Retour au reportage Retour au reportage

© Rozenn LE GUYADER / GQE - Le Moulon / CNRS Images



Etude de la la dynamique de développement du maïs par dissection de plants

Studying maize development dynamics by dissecting plants grown on the experimental farm in Le Moulon, in the Paris region. These measurements are made at regular intervals, on several plants with a variety of genotypes. They are used to describe each genotype. Each of the plant's organs has been dissected and measured: the leaves and stalk are shown in the foreground, and the future male and female reproductive organs (tassels and future ears (at top-right), respectively) are visible in the background. 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.

CNRS Institute(s)

Regional office(s)

Scientific topics

CNRS Images,

Our work is guided by the way scientists question the world around them and we translate their research into images to help people to understand the world better and to awaken their curiosity and wonderment.