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Intervention Dominique Loqué invité dans le cadre du Thème Transversal 1 GèMI

Intervention Dominique Loqué invité dans le cadre du Thème Transversal 1 GèMI – Titre “Development of Novel Approaches to Optimize Crop Productivity with Less Inputs”
Feeding tomorrow’s population requires increasing food production sustainably. It is,
therefore, important to develop novel approaches and breakthrough technologies that will
allow us to improve crop yield and robustness, while reducing the use of agricultural inputs
such as fertilizers, and water. Synthetic biology holds the promise of harnessing the
power of biological systems for developing such technologies and to provide novel
solutions to many other problems afflicting society. The vast majority of synthetic biology
tools have been developed in bacteria but similar efforts in plants are in their infancy. Our
current focus is to generate a diverse suite of synthetic biology tools for plants and
approaches to support rapid trait improvements in crops and to optimize the relationship
between plants and plant-growth-promoting bacteria (PGPBs).
This presentation will highlight our progress in crop and metabolic engineering. It will
include tools such as in vitro and in vivo DNA assembly methods to stack multiple gene
cassettes, promoter libraries developed to support tissue specific and precision
expression of one and multiple genes in plants. These tools provide support to scientists
and engineers who are looking at stacking and controlling multiple genes and interested
in manipulating endogenous metabolic pathways. To complement this presentation, we
will discuss an approach to identify bacterial gene clusters that could promote interactions
between plants and beneficial bacteria, in order to improve agricultural sustainability and
productivity under biotic and abiotic stresses.