The research conducted in the Plant-Microorganism Interactions (PMI) department aims at decreasing the use of pesticides and fertilizers in the global context of a sustainable agriculture.
Three main approaches are developed:
The PMI department is interested in elucidating the mechanisms underlying these three topics and in studying the conditions allowing their introduction into innovative cultural systems, in collaboration with the other departments of the UMR.
Scientific activities of the PMI department are organized around three main questions:
The mechanisms underlying establishment and functioning of plant-microorganism interactions (compatible, incompatible or mutualistic), particularly:
Thefunctional biodiversity and ecology of soil fungi, either mutualists or pathogens, especially:
The possible use of new strategies to protect crops from pathogens, mainly: