The UMR5667 entitled "Reproduction et Développement des Plantes" was created in 1993.
The RDP is currently composed of six research teams supported by a common group of technicians. At this moment a total of about 70 non-permanent and permanent staff are working in the laboratory. The research unit has excellent facilities for molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology. It is equipped with growth chambers and a dedicated greenhouse. In addition, its members have access to the local technology platforms, including state-of the art imaging equipment, proteomic facilities etc. An important number of the researchers are also involved in teaching activities at the university and the ENS. The research teams study the mechanisms that govern plant development of , with a particular focus on evolutional aspects and flower development. The scientific programmes cover all stages of reproductive development in plants, from the initiation of the flower at the shoot apex to early embryo development. Although most of the projects use model plants Arabidopsis and Petunia, some of the teams are also working on species of agronomic interest such a Rose and maize. In addition, since the evolution of flower development is an important focus, a set of primitive angiosperms such as Cabomba is used. Within the large theme of flower development, the teams are mainly working on transcriptional regulation and intercellular signalling. Approaches involve molecular genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, cell biology and in vivo imaging. More recently, several teams have taken a systems biology approach involving biophysics, mathematics and computer science. In this context, the ENS, with its highly multidisciplinary character, offers an optimal environment.
The research teams of the lab :