The LIPM "Sunflower" team has been launched at the end of 2006 with the purpose to provide knowledge, tools and genetic and genomic resources to reinforce the competitiveness of the sunflower crop, which is already known as presenting a good qualitative and environmentally-safe profile, and is fulfilling the European Union requirements in the area of oil production for food as well as for green energy and chemistry. Our research programs aim to decipher through genetic and genomic approaches the mechanisms involved within Helianthus annuus and its wild relatives to deal with the limiting factors of the abiotic and biotic environment. We are focusing today on identifying:
- the genetically invariant and variant processesin the genes networks involved in the sunflower responses to drought stresses,
- the key genetic factors playing a role in the interaction of sunflower with the obligate parasitic plant Orobanche cumana (sunflower broomrape).
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