DU: Laure Kaiser-Arnauld


The laboratory results of the merging of the two units LEGS and DEEIT that used to work together even before.

The general theme of the laboratory is the study of evolution and biodiversity using multidisciplinary and multimodel approaches. Research focuses mainly on insects (drosophilae, bees and insect pests) and vertebrates (fishes or xenopus). The main research themes concern biodiversity, from genome to species and up to communities. A more recent theme is studying the links between the cognitive capacities and behavior of animals in relation to their environment.

 Another theme of research investigates the ecological and evolutionary response to global changes of certain insect species and communities, crop pests and their antagonists and vectors of disease. The results are used in work on insect management. This research applies to insects that are native to or have been introduced into tropical countries. The unit has many contacts with research institutes in Africa and South America.

DU: Jane Lecomte


The Ecology, Systematics and Evolution research unit studies various aspects of ecology and evolution: systematics and evolution of plants and microorganisms, ecology and evolution, population genetics, population dynamics, community ecology, conservation ecology, ecotoxicology, plant ecophysiology and biochemical cycles. Much of this research involves mathematical modeling. One of the aims of this research is to provide society with answers on man’s impact on ecosystems.

 DU: Christine Dillmann


The work carried out by the Moulon  research unit ranges from genomes and genes to populations and plant varieties. The main themes are genetics, genomics and the evolution of complex character traits (multifactorial genetics). It undertakes both fundamental research (mechanisms driving the functional and organizational evolution of plant genomes) and applied research (devising new hybridization techniques).