• Complex systems and software engineering
  • Quality of life - Health - Food

Quantitative Genetics and Evolution-The Moulon

Research unit


The UMR teams Quantitative Genetics and Evolution-Le Moulon produce research on the themes of genetic selection and on the study of biodiversity with the aim of genetic cultivated plants improvement.
The agronomic interests concern the improvement of the growth characteristics, the development, the adaptation and the plants nutritional qualities. This work is carried out notably through important partnerships with major seed companies but also within the framework of major projects (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center).


  • Mrs Christine DILLMANN

Innovation themes

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Our research areas


- proteomics
- genetics of the cultivated plant
- epigenetics
- evolution
- adaptation
- selection
- meiosis
- bioinformatics

Applications sectors

  • IT / software
  • Agri-food industry
  • Agriculture

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 100
Number of researchers : 60
Number of doctoral students : 12

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

Academics and industry:

- the Expression polymorphism (ACEP) workshop cartography
- bio-computing and computing platform (ABI)
- protéomique platform (PAPPSO) (Mass spectrometers)
- the Experimental Installation (IE)
- experimental installation 80ha among which 20 ha are dedicated each year to trials and nurseries. On 60 ha remainders, 20 ha are agricultural land whose quality does not allow the establishment of tests and 40 ha are devoted to the homogenization of land
- agricultural machines heavy


Our results

Valuation offer

Projects examples

- the characterization of flowering early QTL in corn and the identification of a trade-off for life history traits in yeast
- dynamics and structure characterization of genomes in corn and the impact of ploidy in rapeseed
- modeling the distribution of meiotic crossing-over
- in terms of method, the development of quantitative proteomics without gel and without label

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

- France: 40 national and regional projects, 14 ANR
- International: CIMMYT International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Participation in a project of the CGIAR Challenge Program

Private collaborations

A 20th, especially with seeds (the largest being Limagrain)


Establishments of affiliation