Plants are champion synthetic chemists! They take advantage of their metabolic prowess to produce an extremely large repertoire of structurally diverse metabolites. Many metabolic classes have extensively diversified across plant lineages, thereby suggesting that particular metabolic systems have been recruited through natural selection when the set of compounds that they produce address specific ecological needs. The overarching objective of our team is to elucidate the biochemistry and evolution of metabolic pathways contributing to plants’ adaptation to their surrounding biotic and abiotic environments.
Our team has broad interests in elucidating key biosynthetic genes (in particular from the cytochrome P450 super-family) as well as the evolutionary assembly of metabolic pathways leading to:
- biopolymers (phenolic- and fatty acid-based biopolymers)
- discrete high-value or ecologically important specialized metabolites,
- and hormones (jasmonates).
Using a wide range of plant model systems and multidisciplinary approaches, we seek to acquire fundamental knowledge on plant metabolism at the small molecule, enzyme, supramolecular and ecological levels. More information is provided below on specific projects.