Our research

Research

Our research

URGI is focused on the following research topics: the consequences of co-evolution between mobile elements (transposable elements [TEs] and viruses) and their hosts; the effects of TEs on plant environmental adaptations; and techniques for graphing data across multiple scales—from genes to phenotypes.
  • We are conducting research on the consequences of co-evolution between mobile elements (TEs and viruses) and their hosts. Our objective is to characterise the macroevolution of TE and virus families—especially that of endogenous viral elements (EVEs)—with a view to better understanding their effects on plant and plant genome evolution. We are also exploring TE dynamics among closely related crop species.
  • We are examining the effects of TEs on plant environmental adaptations. A key goal is to identify the regulatory sequences at play. We are employing pangenomic and TE data that is then integrated graphically with structural and functional data.
  • We are developing techniques for graphing data across multiple scales—from genes to phenotypes. More generally, we are working on methods for graphically representing and integrating knowledge that will help scientists navigate research challenges in translational biology.

Modification date : 05 July 2023 | Publication date : 27 October 2017 | Redactor : Jess Pearce