Plants form the base of the production chain and ecosystem functioning. We study the processes by which plants grow and interact with each other and their environment. Our aim is to understand the functioning of plants and to propose actions that optimize their protection and use.
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.
Ethnobiology, ethnozoology and ethnobotany. Folk classification. Medicinal plants of the First Nations of Canada. Antidiabetic and potentially antioxidant plants. Traditional knowledge of Inuits in Nunavik and Crees in Quebec.
Insect systematics and biodiversity. Cybertaxonomy. Aphid taxonomy, phylogenetics, and speciation. Biodiversity informatics.
Molecular genetics, genomics and evolution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Environmental genomics and biodiversity of soil microbes.
Evolution of reproductive systems, speciation, hybridization, plant genetics, and polyploidy.
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.
Plant functional ecology. Community and ecosystem ecology. Plant-soil interactions.
Plant physiology, phytotechnologies, phytoremediation, tree biology, genomics, transcriptomics, plant biochemistry.
Primary plant metabolism and its regulation, metabolic adaptation to environmental stress, control mechanisms of glycolysis.
Biodiversity and ecology of soil microbes. Mycorrhizal symbiosis. Soil metagenomics and metatranscriptomics. Sustainable agriculture. Biocontrol. Biofertilization. Bioremediation.