The BIOGER unit is the French reference centre for research on fungal diseases of field crops (wheat, rape) and vines. BIOGER develops multidisciplinary approaches (genomics, molecular biology and biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, population genetics, evolution, epidemiology, modelling, phenotyping, diagnosis and taxonomy) and multi-scale approaches (from gene to landscape).
Our study models are pathogens responsible for fungal diseases of major economic importance: wheat rust (Puccinia striiformis and Puccinia triticina), rapeseed necrosis (Leptosphaeria maculans), wheat septoria (Zymoseptoria tritici), and grey rot (Botrytis cinerea - on vines, and multiple other cultivated and non-cultivated plants). The work of BIOGER and our collaborators has helped to elevate these fungal species to the rank of models for certain aspects of their genomic, biological, ecological or adaptive traits.
The work is organized into 3 major cross-cutting areas of research:
Our research generates both fundamental and operational knowledge, enabling us to respond to the demands of society and of the various agricultural sectors concerning the effective and sustainable management of fungal diseases of field crops.
Number of permanent staff in the unit: 51