Major issues in plant research for the future : ensuring agricultural production for food and feed as well as health while demography increases and acreage decreases, identifying and developing new possibilities for replacing fossil resources, and finally enabling producing that respects the environment in the context of climate change.
These issues raise many new scientific challenges. To name just a few : How plants interact with a changing environment ? How do plant protect themselves from stresses ? How do they manage their resources (nitrogen, water, light) ? What are the limitations to growth and biomass production ?
These challenges also require new tools : plant genomics, the use of natural diversity, high throughput phenotyping with automated growth facilities, high resolution imaging…
The master’s degree training in plant sciences meets these challenges.