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Biotechnologies and plant diseases facility

This facility houses all UniLaSalle’s scientific equipment for biotechnology and plant disease research.

It is run in tandem with and complementary to the institution’s Agronomic facility.

This facility provides all that is needed for the various research and development programs related to the discipline, in particular cultivation resources (from different controlled conditions to field studies) and observation and characterization resources (microscopy and molecular biology) required for conducting genotype and phenotype studies.

Along with the usual studies on the interactions between plants and plant pathogenic fungi, this facility enables us to develop and/or implement new models (pathosystems) for studying the capacity to stimulate natural plant resistance. All tests comply with Good Experimentation Practices (GEP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).


This is a very important collaborative facility useful for many different research activities conducted by the various founding teams (UniLaSalle, ISA Lille, ULCO) and the PhyNoPi (Phytopathologie Nord Picardie) scientific interest group.

Research areas
  • Epidemiological studies,

For example, the Cartographie Septo Hebdo, which shows the epidemiology of Septoria in wheat in France every week from early April to mid-May. The results are published every week on the Bayer-agri website and the Fongi News app, which can be downloaded for iOS and Android. A partnership with Bayer CropScience teams in France.

  •  Characterization of plant pathogenic fungi populations (biodiversity, genetic markers and pathogenic capacity),
  • Plant disease control (in particular fungicide efficacy),
  • Study of varietal resistance and tolerance,
  • Induction of plant resistance and defenses, elicitor molecule screening (SDP), identification of action mechanisms.
Key technical equipment
  • Cultivation equipment (phytotronic chamber, experimental greenhouse and experimentation fields),
  • Spore capture and climate stations,
  • Plant and fungi growing in controlled conditions (air-conditioned compartments and chambers, agitators for cell cultures),
  • Aseptic workrooms (several laminar air flow hoods),
  • Cell analyses (macro- and microscopic diagnoses), molecular analyses (real-time quantitative PCR, DNA, RNA, Protein, capillary electrophoresis, 1D and 2D gel electrophoresis systems).
Institutional partners

The facility regularly works with a local/regional expert network involving ULCO’s Unité de Chimie Environnementale et Interactions sur le Vivant, ISA Lille’s Laboratoire de Biotechnologie des Microorganismes, UPJV’s Laboratoire des Polysaccharides Microbiens et Végétaux, URCA’s Unité de Recherche Vignes et Vins, the Comité Nord Plants de Pommes de Terre, and the Groupe de Protection des Cultures.

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