My research involves the physiological functioning of plants and addresses various environmental issues that we face, particularly in urban environments.
In particular, the assimilation of nutrients, contaminants and/or trace elements is a recurring theme. For example, we have examined the impact of the use of various types of organic fertilizer (sludge, manure, etc.) on plants and the environment. Other studies have focused on the presence of heavy metals, whether in organic fertilizer or in soil in the form of contaminants. More recently, studies were conducted on contaminated soils with organic pollutants (PAH, PCB, etc.). In this context, studies integrate research in genomics and bioinformatics and involved collaborations with researchers from other disciplines. These studies are conducted to better understand the interactions between microorganisms and the root systems of plants when these pollutants are present.
Our team has been particularly interested on short rotation intensive culture crops of willows (Salix). Our aim has been to maximize the potential of the unique characteristics of these species: rapid growth and root proliferation, and exceptional aptitude for vegetative propagation. We are interested in the operational feasibility of short rotation crops and increasing biomass yields, both by selecting the best cultivars and improving cultivation techniques.