IPSiM (Institut for Plant Sciences of Montpellier) is a Joint Research Unit supported by four institutions : CNRS, INRA, Institut agro, and the University of Montpellier. Its research activity aims at elucidating the fundamental mechanisms that govern the water and mineral nutrition of plants, and their responses to abiotic environmental constraints, including those due to climate change.

Our objective is dual : to understand better the organization and functioning of plants ; to contribute to the development of a sustainable agriculture, that saves natural resources and respects the environment.

For this, we develop an Integrative Biology approach. We combine multidisciplinary (genomics, biophysics, molecular biology, modelling) and multiscale (from gene to whole plant) approaches on various plant species (model and crop plants). Our projects address how the development and physiological functions of organs are coordinated, with an especially recognized expertise on roots. The aim is to determine how this coordination leads to an integrated response of plants to environmental constraints and how it governs plant growth.

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Highlights

The BPMP unit celebrated its 50th anniversary

50 years of research dedicated to the hydro-mineral nutrition of plants

Single-particle tracking photoactivated localization microscopy of membrane proteins in living plant tissues

Super-resolution microscopy techniques have pushed the limit of optical imaging to unprecedented spatial resolutions. However, one of the frontiers in nanoscopy is its application to intact living organisms. Here we describe the implementation and application of...

Nitrogen Systemic Signaling: From Symbiotic Nodulation to Root Acquisition

Team: Hormones, Nutriments et Développement (HoNuDe)

Coumarin accumulation and trafficking in Arabidopsis thaliana: a complex and dynamic process

A new publication from Kevin’s PhD thesis (Robe et al., 2021 – New Phytol, doi: 10.1111/nph.17090)

Role of the vacuolar transporter AtCLCa in cytosolic pH homeostasis

The development of an original live imaging workflow to simultaneously measure pH and anion dynamics in the cytosol reveals the importance of an Arabidopsis thaliana CLC, AtCLCa, in cytosolic pH homeostasis

White lupin: The genome of this legume has finally been sequenced

White lupin has a root system that is highly adapted for poor soils thanks to its proteoid or cluster roots, which allow it to extract phosphate from the soil very effectively. The mapping of its genome represents a major step toward understanding this mechanism.

Scientific events

13th International Conference of the French Society of Plant Biology

August 29-31 2022, Montpellier France. organizer: Christian Dubos (IPSiM FeRos team)

seminars

IBIP seminar: Blanca San Segundo

Thursday September 29, 2022 – Crosstalk between Nutrient Signaling Pathways and Immune Responses in Plants

Jobs / Internships

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