The Plant Genome and Development Laboratory


lgdp perpignanUMR 5096 – CNRS/UPVD

Director : Jean-Marc DERAGON, Professor, IUF

Employees (all categories) : 51

Permanent staff :

- CNRS : 11 researchers, 10 ITA

- UPVD : 13 faculty members, 5 IATOS

Non permanent staff : 12 (non-permanent, PhD students and trainees)

The Plant Genome and Development Laboratory (LGDP) is involved in research and study on plant genome organization and gene regulation, particularly their role in plant development and adaptation to biotic and abiotic stresses.

The laboratory participates in teaching in the UPVD: Masters Specialty in Environmental Genomics and Professional Masters Specialty in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, as well as training of doctoral students.

It is a joint research unit (UMR 5096) of about fifty people and is supported by two institutions: the University of Perpignan via Domitia (UPVD) and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The unit is attached to the National Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB) of the CNRS.

The LGDP is located on the University of Perpignan campus, installed in a new building of 1650 m2 which was inaugurated in 2009. Teams benefit from research modules and new, well-equipped offices and and are accompanied by highly-qualified technical and administrative staff.

Many facilities and services provide access to the most advanced equipment: growth chambers, sequencing, microcopying service, proteomics, bioinformatics ... The laboratory is part of the Bioenvironnement platform. A modern, well-equipped seminar room can accommodate 50 people. Laboratory and office space is also reserved for the reception of foreign researchers. The LGDP has all necessary Internet connections for direct access to print and electronic versions of key journals.

Origin and évolution

The Plant Genome and Development Laboratory results from the evolution of the Plant Physiology Laboratory, created by Professor Yves Guitton on the re-creation of the University of Perpignan in 1966. Initially oriented towards the study of nucleic acid metabolism during germination, it has gradually evolved into its current structure and research fields through the contributions of its members and successive directors: Yves Guitton until 1977, Paul Penon up to 1984, Michel Delseny until 2006, Manuel Echeverria through 2006 and, currently, Jean-Marc Deragon.

The laboratory has been associated with the CNRS since 1970 (ERA 226) and this association has been consistently renewed as a URA or UMR. In 2001, following work on rice, a partnership with the IRD was also formalized, creating a joint research unit on two sites : Perpignan and the IRD campus in Montpellier. Since January 1, 2011, in the framework of the new four-year contract, the IRD is no longer affiliated with the UMR.

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Seminar Tuesday May 21rst, 11 am, salle de séminaires du LGDP, given by Julia MORALES, Laboratoire de Biologie Intégrative des Modèles Marins, UMR 8227 CNRS/Sorbonne Université, Station Biologique de Roscoff. Title : "Translational control after fertilization in sea urchin."



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