I am mainly interested in evolutionary biology and how it can help human societies toward a more sustainable functioning. To achieve this, I study living organisms of interest at the molecular level using genomic and phylogenetic approaches.
Understand how genetic variations between individuals result in differences in their phenotypes remains an important goal in genetics.
My PhD aims at deciphering the genetic architecture of complex phenotypic traits in the forest tree, Populus trichocarpa. I am particularly interested in the association between rare genetic variants and phenotypic traits related to wood composition.
Results from this project promise interesting insights on the importance of rare genetic variants and will help to improve Populus trichocarpa plantations for more efficient biofuel production.
- One third of the plastid genes evolved under positive selection in PACMAD grasses
A. Piot; J. Hackel; P.A. Christin; G. Besnard
- Museomics resolve the systematics of an endangered grass lineage endemic to northwestern Madagascar
C. Silva; G. Besnard; A. Piot; J. Razanatsoa; R. P. Oliveira; M. S. Vorontsova
Annals of Botany 2016
- Ongoing : PhD in Forest Sciences, Laval University, Canada
- M.Sc Biology, Ecology and Evolution (BEE), Toulouse III University, France
- B.SC Biology, Ecology, Franche-Comté University, France