More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this ongoing urbanization engenders numerous environmental challenges. Our studies aim to enrich understanding of the effects of urbanization on the plant world, as well as to develop techniques that use plants to mitigate its impact.
Plant population ecology. Competition for space. Integrated plant management. Invasive species. Aquatic macrophytes for wastewater treatment.
Plant-insect-natural ennemies interaction, biological control and urban ecology.
Microbial ecology, mycorrhizal symbioses, life history strategies, plant-soil feedbacks, community assembly, ecological networks, behavioral ecology.
Ecology and silviculture of deciduous tree species. Development of silvicultural and agrosilvicultural systems. Restoration of degraded agro-forested environments.
Molecular genetics, genomics and evolution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Environmental genomics and biodiversity of soil microbes.
Ecophysiology of woody species: biomass yield of woody crop cultivated for bioenergy and environment applications. Nutrition and assimilation under various environmental conditions. Restoration of contaminated sites, phytoremediation, decontamination of municipal sludge.
Wetland Ecology; Ecosystem Dynamics; Historical Ecology; Paleoecology; Rare Plant Conservation; Plant-Herbivore Interactions .
Plant physiology, phytotechnologies, phytoremediation, tree biology, genomics, transcriptomics, plant biochemistry.
Biodiversity and ecology of soil microbes. Mycorrhizal symbiosis. Soil metagenomics and metatranscriptomics. Sustainable agriculture. Biocontrol. Biofertilization. Bioremediation.