Induced Resistance and Plant Bioprotection (RIBP) - UMR INRAE 1488


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Research Unit on Grapevine and Wines in Champagne (URVVC) - USC INRAE 1488
UFR Sciences Exactes et Naturelles
Campus Moulin de la Housse
Bat 18 - BP 1039
51687 Reims Cedex 2

Pr. Christophe CLÉMENT
Phone: (33) 3 26 91 33 39
Fax: (33) 3 26 91 33 39


The RIBP currently includes 50 people working on plant immunity. The activities of the lab can be decomposed into 3 complementary tasks: (i) immunity and elicitor perception, (ii) immunity and beneficial microorganisms and (iii) immunity and climate changes.

The RIBP is included in the RFS Condorcet (RF CNRS 3417), especially in the axis #1 (sustainable production and environment).


People with permanent position

20 scientists (6 professors, 14 assistant professors) including 8 habilitated
7 technical staff (1 secretary, 3 engineers, 3 technicians)

People under contract

13 PhD students
3 post-doc
4 engineers
3 technicians

Key words

- Biocontrol, climate change, plant immunity, fungal diseases.

Research topics

Plant immunity: plant defense mechanisms
Immunity and elicitor perception (receptors, membrane fluidity)
Immunity and beneficial microorganisms (dialog between plant and microorganisms, markers of tolerance and/or resistance)
Immunity and climate changes (drought, temperature)
Immunity and photosynthesis (enegetic costs of defenses)
Protection against fungal diseases (grey mould, downy mildew, grapevine trunk diseases, fusariosis and cereals, sclerotinia and rapeseed, …)


- Plant production under standard or stressing conditions (cell culture, in vitro culture, fruiting or vegetative cuttings, potted plants)
- Production of microorganisms pathogenic to plants or biocontrol agents
- Stimulation of plant immunity through biocontrol
- Tests of pathogenicity, biopesticides
- Defense metabolism, stress metabolism and carbon metabolism (molecular, biochemical, cell, tissue and organism level)
- Gene expression (qRT-PCR), protein production (heterlogous sytsem), microbiogical engineering, photosynthesis, microscopy (phase contrast, 3D, fluorescence, immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridation, …)

Main equipments

- Greenhouses (S2 and S3), in vitro culture, phytotrons, potted vineyard
- Molecular biology: qRT-PCR (3 appartus), automated electrophoresis system for RNA, DNA and proteins, spectrophotometer, Nanodrop, imaging system
- Microscopes for ^hase contrast, fluorescence, 3D, image analysor, microtome, ultratome, cryotome, knife maker
Photosynthesis assessments (gaz exchanges, imaging PAM, chlorophyll fluorescence, photosystems evaluation, stomatal conductance)


- 4 patents dealing with biocontrol of grapevine fungal diseases


Private partners

- Vranken Pommery, Roederer, Hennessy
- ARD, Bayer, Soufflet, Roullier, Pivert, Terra Nova, Nufarm


- Universities of Amiens, Compiègne, Bordeaux, Lille, Dijon, Calais, Lyon, Poitiers
- Universities of Davis (California, USA), Fribourg (Switzerland), Florence (Italy), Eger (Hungary), Aveiro and Lisboa (Portugal), Marrakech (Morocco), Blida (Algeria), Tunis (Tunisia), Ghand and Gembloux (Belgium), Cyprus, Sao Paulo (Brasil), Montreal (Canada), Laval (Quebec)


- Interprofessional committee of Champagne vine (CIVC), French institue of grapevine (IFV), Arvalis


- COST « Grapevine Trunk Diseases », RMT Elicitra, GIS « Biocontrôle », SFR Condorcet (FR CNRS 3417)


The RIBP is one of the few French labs working on plant immunity and its stimulation against both biotic and abiotic stresses. The special future consists in developing biocontrol approaches (i) based on a deepened knowledge of intimate mechanisms of plant immunity and (ii) taking into account the fluctuations of climate which affect not only the physiology plants, pathogens and biocontrol agents but also the interactions between these organisms.

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