The research carried out by biologists within the CEA at Cadarache relates to the
comprehension of adaptation mechanisms existing in vegetal matter, micro algae and
bacteria in highly varied environmental conditions (different types of pollution,
ionising radiation, bright light, water shortage…).
This research also focuses on the study of energy molecule synthesis routes such as
hydrogen or lipid reserves for the purpose of developing new bio carburant
Work in these fields of research is carried out in a close collaboration with:
The French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) – Universities (particularly Aix-Marseille II)
The French National Agronomy Research Institute (INRA) the Research and Development Institute (IRD)
The French National Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), private companies…
Adapting plants and bacteria to the environment
Study of protection and adaptation mechanisms.
Fundamental processes of photo mechanisms.
Toxicology in plants and bacteria
Study of tolerance mechanisms to toxins, of adaptation and storage
Study of root interactions – soil bacteria and toxic transfers (particularly
heavy metals) in the soil, migrating towards plants.
Study of the response of plants and bacteria to ionising radiation.
Study of hydrogen production mechanisms or of lipid bio-carburant through micro algae.
Perfecting a system of measurements and plant cultures in controlled conditions