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The Plants, Stress & Metals team

Welcome to the Plants, Stress & Metals team Web page

Published on 8 January 2020
Team leaders

Jacques Bourguignon

Phone: 04 38 78 46 88

Stéphane Ravanel

Phone: 04 38 78 33 83


Laboratoire Physiologie Cellulaire & Végétale
Institut de Biosciences et Biotechnologies de Grenoble
17 avenue des Martyrs
38 054 Grenoble cedex 9

Members of the team

Claude Alban, INRA Researcher
Célia Baggio, INRA Technician
Anne-Marie Boisson, CNRS Technician (80%)
Jacques Bourguignon, CEA Researcher
Chérif Chetouhi, CEA Researcher
Sylvie Figuet, INRA Technical Assistant (50%)
Jacqueline Martin-Laffon, CNRS Research Engineer (30%)
Stéphane Ravanel, INRA Researcher
Benoît Revel, PhD Student
Manon Sarthou, PhD Student

Contamination of soil and water by heavy metals (HM) represents a major environmental hazard to human health. Soil pollution by HM currently affects about 235 million hectares. Understanding how plants respond to HM is crucial in the quest to improve plant capacity to resist to HM pollution. Inside the plant, different processes contribute to enhance metal tolerance; including extracellular immobilization (cell wall and other carbohydrates), active exclusion into the apoplast, chelation in the cytosol and sequestration into the vacuoles.

Therefore, a better comprehension of the molecular mechanisms controlling these processes, as well as understanding metal toxicity and accumulation in plants, is of prime importance to design new strategies of phytoremediation via engineered plants or natural hyperaccumulators but also for phytomining and food crop biofortification. This is also very important for the selection of crops with low HM contents, or from an ecotoxicological point of view, for example to identify biomarkers of pollution.

We are interested in evaluating the impact of HM stresses on cell function and elucidating the biochemical and physiological defence mechanisms adopted by plants to counter these stresses.

Key words
Heavy metal stress, heavy metal detoxification, cadmium, caesium, RMN, ICP-MS, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, vacuole, selenium binding protein, Arabidopsis, plant cells and algae cultures, uranium, phytoremediation, MeP pathway, light stress, phosphate deficiency)