National Centre for Scientific Research, France (CNRS)


CNRS is the French national centre for scientific research and is a leading actor in European research. CNRS has 32000 employees in more than 1,200 service and research units spread throughout the country and is covers all fields of research.

The Environmental Plant Biology and Microbiology Laboratory (UMR 6191) is a Joint Research Unit (JRU/UMR) set up by CNRS, the CEA (The Centre Energie Atomique et Energies Alternatives) which is the main public research and development organisation in France for atomic energy research, and Aix-Marseille University. This joint unit hosts the research activity of 101 staff working on plants and microbes and has particular strengths in the field of photosynthesis and plant/algae/bacteria adaptation to environmental constraints. This research aims examines the basic mechanisms underlying biomass and bioenergy production. The unit has a unique range of facilities for the investigation of plant function: gas exchange measurement systems, mass spectrometers dedicated to gas analysis, non invasive spectroscopic and imaging methods based on various signals (fluorescence, luminescence, thermal emission), controlled growth cabinets.

In WATBIO (WP1), CNRS works on the fundamental mechanisms of photosynthesis and how they are perturbed by drought stress.  In addition, measurements will be made to support the phenotyping platform in WP2.

Dr Bernard Genty leads the CNRS contribution to WATBIO.  He has a long-standing expertise in the biophysics and physiology of photosynthesis at different organisational levels (whole plant, leaf, and chloroplast). Dr Ilja Reiter, research engineer with 10 years of experience in plant ecophysiology in the field and in the laboratory and specific expertise in gas exchange analysis, growth modelling and resource allocation also contributes to the research.