Epigenome and plant improvement

Intra-species diversity, seen as the only variation in the DNA sequence, has long been considered to be the driving force behind the functioning of individuals or populations. However, differences within the species, and thus potentially functional biodiversity, can also be created by epigenetic variation. It is therefore important to quantify epigenetic natural diversity by testing its phenotypic consequences

The module « epigenome and plant improvement » is dedicated to Master (M2) students of Montpellier SupAgro. The courses, 6 hours over one day, is part of the “plant science” track in Montpellier SupAgro, coordinated by Dominique This. It will allow students to understand the importance of epigenetics in plant improvement, in particular to address the questions related to chromatin dynamics, transposons or small RNAs.

The pedagogical methods used during the courses will rely on oral presentations, examples of epigenetics mechanisms, hand-on exercises and games.

The module is lead by researchers from unit AGAP, Julie Leclercq (team BURST) and Baptiste Guitton (team AFEF), and from unit DIADE, Estelle Jaligot (team F2F), Sophie Lanciano and Marie Mirouze (team RICE, hosted at unit LGDP of Perpigan, team Analyse du Génome et Evolution).

Summarized programme

  • General introduction on epigenetics
  • DNA méthylation, modifications of chromatin and small RNAs as mediators of epigenetic regulators
  • Chromatin dynamics
  • Impact of transposons on plant phenotypes
  • Small RNAs and plant improvement 

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