B&PMP (Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology) is a Joint Research Unit supported by four institutions : CNRS, INRA, SupAgro, 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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Developmental control of plant Rho GTPase nano-organization by the lipid phosphatidylserine

Phosphatidylserine is required for the clustering of ROP6, a small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase), in membranes in response to signals from the plant hormone auxin. Changes in phosphatidylserine concentration altered the clustering of ROP6 and thus the auxin signaling response

A publication of the HoNuDe team ranked # 1 at Top5 Altmetrics for The Plant Cell (mid March 2019)!

Identification of molecular integrators shows that nitrogen actively controls the phosphate starvation response in plantsAnna Medici*✉, Wojciech Szponarski*, Pierre Dangeville, Alaeddine Safi, Indeewari Madhubhashini Dissanayake, Chorpet Saenchai, Amélie Emanuel, Vicente Rubio, Benoît Lacombe, Sandrine Ruffel, Milos Tanurdzic, Hatem Rouached, Gabriel Krouk✉ Plant Cell (Mars 2019)

My thesis in 180 seconds: Valentin Chaput ( B&PMP) in Paris

Congratulations to Valentin Chaput ( B&PMP, Integration team ) for his performance in the competition “My thesis in 180 seconds”. Qualified for the national semifinal in Paris!

Georges Morel Prize (French Academy of Sciences)

The Georges Morel 2018 prize was awarded to Christophe Maurel, deputy director of BPMP and head of the Aquaporin team. This biennial prize was created in 2013. It rewards a scientist who conducted an outstanding research work in plant biology in a French laboratory.


IBIP seminar – Francesco Tombola

Jul 18, 2019 – Electrifying proton channels in health and disease

IBIP seminar: José Dinenny

Sep 6, 2019 – Building plants from the ground up: from molecular to organismal-scale insights on form and function

Jobs / Internships

Post doc (M/W) in electrophysiology and cell imaging

CDD Post-doc in electrophysiology and cell imaging – 24 months : team Influx

Post-doctoral researcher: ABA-dependent control of plant hydraulics

Post-doctoral researcher: ABA-dependent control of plant hydraulics 12 months (with possible extension up to 2.5 years) – Aquaporines team

PhD Fellowship in Epigenomic and Genomic Regulatory Circuits Inference (M/W)

PhD Fellowship in Epigenomic and Genomic Regulatory Circuits Inference (M/W) – Supervisor : Antoine MARTIN (CR CNRS, BPMP Montpellier) et Sophie LEBRE (MCF UM, IMAG Montpellier)

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Post-Doc Root Hydraulic Modelling

CDD Post-doc 24 months – Team « Aquaporines »