Olivier LOUDET Senior Scientist

Variation and Abiotic Stress Tolerance

I am a senior INRAE scientist at IJPB interested in the quantitative genetics of plant interaction with their environment, essentially studying complex traits related to plant growth to explore Arabidopsis natural variation.
genomes adaptation and metabolism quantitative genetics stress
I lead the VAST team (Variation and Abiotic Stress Tolerance) and the 'Phenoscope' platform for high-throughput phenotyping. I have signed more than 50 publications since 2001 and was the recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2010. Since 2017, I act as deputy-director of IJPB in charge of the scientific strategy. I am also an associate editor of 'The Plant Journal'.

Bio sketch  
After studying biology and agronomy in Versailles (FR) then Rennes (FR) until a Master degree and Engineer diploma (1996), I left for a cooperation engineer contract at INRA in Guadeloupe (French West Indies, 1996-1998) and came back to Versailles to prepare my PhD at INRA under the supervision of Françoise Daniel-Vedèle (1998-2001).

I then spent my post-doc at the Salk Institute in San Diego (CA, USA) under the combined supervision of Joanne Chory and Detlef Weigel (2002-2004), before returning back to Versailles (FR) with a permanent INRA position in 2004. I then became 'full professor' in 2011, still working at the Institute Jean-Pierre Bourgin (IJPB).

Scientific interests
The fundamental question in Biology that is the focus of my research is that of the genetic architecture of complex traits: what is the genetic (or epigenetic) basis for variation in size, form, environmental responses... that shape the green world. In other words, what is the genotype to phenotype equation ?

I essentially study these questions taking advantage of the natural diversity existing within a wild and model species (Arabidopsis thaliana), combined to novel high-throughput phenotyping robots, with the help of Mathematics.

My main scientific interests and results are described further on the VAST team pages of this website.
Olivier Loudet


Variation and Abiotic Stress Tolerance

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Olivier Loudet