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Presentation of the research unit

The joint research unit LEPSE (Laboratoire d’Écophysiologie des Plantes sous Stress Environnementaux) gathers staff from the French Agricultural Research Institute INRAE (Institut National de Recherche pour l'Agriculture, l'alimentation et l'Environnement) and the Center for higher education in Agricultural Sciences, Montpellier SupAgro. Most of the scientific staff is ecophysiologists and bioclimatologists. LEPSE was founded in 1993 to produce methods and knowledge to help maximising crop production with less input, essentially water. This objective was initially assigned in the context of the necessity to limit water use by agriculture. Ongoing climate change, with global temperature elevation, increased probability of heat waves and drought episodes have led us to widen our domain of research.


The whole unit is divided into two scientific teams :

ETAP group :« Efficience de transpiration et adaptation des plantes aux climats secs»
Group leader : Thierry SIMONNEAU

MAGE group : « Modélisation et Analyse de l'interaction Genotype Environnement »
Group leader : Boris PARENT

It consists of a set of phenotyping platforms, including an emerging project-team :

  • M3P-Dév : « Montpellier Plant Phenotyping Platforms »

as well as a technical team

  • IE2M team : « Infrastructures, Équipements, Méthodes & Mesures »

Recent Publications

Parent, B., Vile, D., Violle, C., Tardieu, F. (2016). Towards parsimonious ecophysiological models that bridge ecology and agronomy. New Phytologist, 210 (2), 380-382.

Lievre, M., Granier, C., Guédon, Y. (2016). Identifying developmental phases in the Arabidopsis thaliana rosette using integrative segmentation models. New Phytologist, 210 (4), 1466-1478.

Turc, O., Bouteillé, M., Fuad-Hassan, A., Welcker, C., Tardieu, F. (2016). The growth of vegetative and reproductive structures (leaves and silks) respond similarly to hydraulic cues in maize. New Phytologist.

Neghliz, H., Cochard, H., Brunel, N., Martre, P. (2016). Ear rachis xylem occlusion and associated loss in hydraulic conductance coincide with the end of grain filling for wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7.

Dambreville, A., Griolet, M., Rolland, G., Dauzat, M., Bédiée, A., Balsera, C., Muller, B., Vile, D., Granier, C. (2016). Phenotyping oilseed rape growth-related traits and their responses to water deficit: the disturbing pot size effect. Functional Plant Biology. DOI : 10.1071/FP16036

Cabrera Bosquet, L., Fournier, C., Brichet, N., Welcker, C., Suard, B., Tardieu, F. (2016). High throughput estimation of incident light, light interception and radiation-use efficiency of thousands of plants in a phenotyping platform. New Phytologist, 13 p. DOI : 10.1111/nph.14027

Gouesnard, B., Zanetto, A., Welcker, C. (2016). Identification of adaptation traits to drought in collections of maize landraces from southern Europe and temperate regions. Euphytica, 209 (3), 565-584.