About us

The ‘Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin’ is one of the largest Plant Science research centers in Europe and is renowned for its unique combination of experimental resources and pluridisciplinary expertise in biology, chemistry and mathematics. The IJPB is a joint research unit (UMR1318) under the authority of both INRAE and AgroParisTech, and is part of Paris-Saclay University. The IJPB is also a founding member of the EUR Saclay Plant Sciences (SPS).

Our goal

To develop multidisciplinary concepts and tools that extend our fundamental knowledge about plant biology and agronomy towards innovative solutions for complex scientific and social challenges.

Notably research at the IJPB focusses on:

> the evolution and expression of plant genomes
> the response of plants to environmental constraints and how this relates to biodiversity
> the mechanisms that govern plant development, signaling and communication at different scales, from the cell to whole plants through to seeds
> modeling of complex biological phenomena for predictive purposes
> characterization of plant metabolism and their bioproducts (cellulose, lignins, lipids and specialized metabolites) for agroecology and a sustainable bioeconomy.

Where we come from

Dedicated from its origins to research in agronomy and plant biology, following a long local tradition predating INRA, the Versailles INRAE Research Centre hosts the IJPB. The laboratories that predate IJPB have pioneered several research fields. Georges Morel and his students made several important discoveries in plant cell biology (meristem culture) and pathology (Agrobacterium). Thereafter, Jean-Pierre Bourgin, whose seminal research on haploidization in plants had a tremendous impact in the field, headed this laboratory, with dedication, for several years. He notably favoured the emergence of molecular genetics, genomics and the use of model species like Arabidopsis in plant biology, together with scientists like Yves Chupeau, Michel Caboche, Georges Pelletier, Alain Deshayes, Francine Casse-Delbart and many others since then... In a working climate based on trust, solidarity and respect, they have shaped a world-renowned institute in plant cell and molecular genetics. We are proud of this heritage !

Jean-Pierre Bourgin (1944-1994)

The Cell Biology Lab in 1992