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Chers collègues, chers étudiants,
La pandémie Covid-19 a fortement bouleversé notre mode de vie et particulièrement notre système d’éducation et de recherche. Cette période de confinement a eu des répercussions notables sur le déroulement et la qualité de l’enseignement. La mutualisation de l’effort d’un ensemble d’acteurs et de forces vives (Ministère de la tutelle, Universités, Enseignants, administrateurs, associations…) a pu contribuer à la continuité pédagogique et au maintien des interactions scientifiques à plusieurs niveaux. Le réseau AGIREmed participe à cette dynamique et organise une série de conférences dans la thématique des Agrobiosciences et de l'Environnement.
Fort de son expérience dans le domaine de l’enseignement, utilisant des approches pédagogiques innovantes et des technologies nouvelles d’apprentissage (e-learning, apprentissage par projet…), et s’appuyant sur un réseau international constitué de 13 Universités et instituts de recherches marocains et européens (projet MaBioVA, Program Erasmus+ CBHE in Plant Biotechnology), AGIREmed a invité un panel d’imminents chercheurs qui partageront leurs expériences dans les domaines de l’agronomie et de l’environnement. Ces séminaires sont dédiés aux étudiants de Master de quatre Universités (FST-Marrakech, FS de Rabat, FST-Tanger, Um6P), des éléves ingénieurs de Toulouse INP-ENSAT ainsi que des doctorants, post-doctorants et chercheurs à travers le Maroc et à l’étranger.
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Comité d'organisation:
Mohamed Zouine; Toulouse-INP-ENSAT France
Abdelaziz Smouni; FSR-UM5 Rabat Maroc
Najib bendaou; FSR-UM5 Rabat Maroc
Ali Boularbah; FST-UCAM Marrakech Maroc
Mohamed Nhiri; FSTT-UAE Tanger Maroc
Abdelah Oukarroum; UM6P Ben-Guérir Maroc


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  • Titre: Disruptive technologies in agriculture
  • Summary : Within the last century agriculture productivity has increased significantly thanks to progress in several technologies. For example, corn yields have improved 6.4X in approximately 80 years. This has been realised with the use of hybrid seeds and agronomic practices that include the use of new machinery, irrigation, fertilisers, pesticides and genetic engineering. Half of the 1–3% annual increase in productivity in crops in developing countries is due to genetics. This rate could double with emerging molecular technologies and biotechnology. The other half annual crop productivity increase is due to agricultural practices such as irrigation and fertilisers applications. This rate could also increase in the future using precision agriculture technologies. Synthetic biology, biotechnology and other agronomic tools can address many of the challenges faced by agriculture and food security. The presentation will give an overview of these technologies that could displace current technologies and discuss potential impacts on food security and the environment.
  • Biography: Faouzi Bekkaoui is the director of the National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), Morocco and the scientific director of the Adaptation of African Agriculture initiative. He was previously director of the school of agriculture and coordinator of the AgroBioSciences research program at the Mohammed 6 Polytechnic University of Benguerir (2017-19). He also worked as executive director of the flagship wheat improvement program at the National Research Council Canada (NRC) 2012-17, at the NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute in the field of molecular biology and genomics, at ID Biomedical in DNA diagnostics, to GenServe as laboratory manager and to Genome Prairie as project manager. During his career, he has co-published 39 scientific articles in various filed including DNA diagnostics, molecular biology, genomics and plant physiology. He holds three US patents on molecular diagnostics. Bekkaoui holds a Bachelor degree in physiology from the University of Tours and a doctorate in plant physiology from the University of the Sorbonne (ex-Paris 6).

Thursday, 28th of May, 2020 at 14.00 GMT

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  • Titre: Variability in flavour composition in tomato and genetics for improvement
  • Biography: Antonio Granell is a Research Professor at CSIC. Durig his PhD he did pioneering work with pathogenesis related proteins and then moved as a post doc to work for more than three years on plant molecular genetics at the Plant Science Institute in Penn University (Cashmore’s lab). He then joined the Plant Group at the Instituto de Agroquímica in Valencia to work on plant senescence. Since 2006 his main interest has been fruit quality using tomato as model system but sometimes also in Citrus and Peach fruit. A huge effort has been put into developing technologies (omics technologies; specially metabolomics, and transcriptomics), participation in international consortia such as the Tomato Sequencing Consortium and in making the genomic information available to the plant research community (chillpeach and ESPSOL data bases and partipation in Solgenomics). Antonio is group leader of PGB, scientific coordinator of the metabolomics facility and he is in charge of the Molecular Breeding projects.

Tuesday, 2cd of June, 2020 at 10.30 GMT

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  • Titre: Effets des biostimulants sur le microbiote du sol et des racines des plantes cultivées.
  • Biography: Mohamed Hijri MSc research project was a study of the cytogenetics of the pea plant (Pisum sativum L.) by karyotyping and characterizing ribosomal DNA on pea chromosomes using Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). His MSc research was conducted at the INRA Dijon Centre under the supervision of Dr Mona Darmency. He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (option: Molecular Genetics) at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) in 1999. His PhD project aimed to study the organization of the genetic polymorphism of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Scutellospora castanea under the supervision of Prof. Hubert Dulieu at the INRA Dijon Centre. In 1999, Dr. Hijri joined the lab of Dr. Ian Sanders at the University of Basel (Switzerland) as a postdoctoral fellow and worked on molecular genetics and the evolution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. He then moved with the Sanders Lab to the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2000 and continued as a postdoctoral fellow until 2005. Dr. Hijri then joined the IRBV and the Département de Sciences Biologiques of the Université de Montréal in September 2005.

Tuesday, 9th of June, 2020 at 10.30 GMT

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  • Titre: Chlorophyll a fluorescence as a tool to monitor physiological status of plants under environmental abiotic stress.
  • Biography: Abdallah Oukarroum is a plant physiologist with extensive experience with the study of the photosynthetic apparatus. During his master's degree at the University Ibn Zohr in Morocco, he studied the variability of fruit and oil productivity in the argan tree (Argania spinosa) in three different environments in south of Morocco. His doctoral dissertation was conducted at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Through his Ph.D. thesis, Abdallah Oukarroum acquired an extensive experience in study of alterations in photosynthetic apparatus of plants under environmental stress mainly drought, salt and heat stress. As well, he established two new indexes which rank plant varieties with respect to drought and heat tolerance. At University of Quebec in Montreal in Canada, Abdallah Oukarroum as a post-doc and as a Researcher/Lecturer studied inhibitory effects and bioaccumulation of metals and metallic nanoparticles at membrane and cellular level on aquatic plants. Currently Abdallah Oukarroum is associate professor at UM6P. He is interested in the study of the physiological and biochemical responses to different abiotic stress of superior’s plants (terrestrials and aquatic plants), microalga and lichens.

Thursday 11th of  June, 2020 at 9.00 GMT

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  • Titre: La gestion des sols contaminés par phyoremédiation et agromine
  • Summary : Les sols contaminés peuvent être contaminés par une large gamme de composés organiques ou inorganiques. Ils sont une menace pour la santé humaine et les écosystèmes environnants. Différentes stratégies ont été développées pour les traiter et assurer la mise en sécurité des sites pollués. Outre les techniques physiques et physico-chimiques, la voie biologique a fait l’objet de recherches approfondies. En particulier, l’utilisation de plantes pour gérer les contaminants des sols, ou phytoremédiation, a été étudiée puis mise en oeuvre depuis près de 25 ans. La phytoremédiation repose sur les interactions entre sol, polluants et racines des plantes avec leur consortium de microorganismes présents dans la rhizosphère. La phytoremédiation regroupe une grande diversité de techniques de maturité plus ou moins avancée, qui contribuent à stabiliser, extraire ou dégrader les polluants. Une des branches de la phytoremédiation, la phytoextraction, a donné naissance à l’agromine, qui est la filière de récupération des métaux stratégiques présents dans des matrices contaminées, comme les sols. L’agromine utilise des plantes accumulatrices ou hyperaccumulatrices pour extraire les métaux des sols qui sont ensuite récupérés de la biomasse par des voies métallurgiques et commercialisés. L’agromine permet de donner de la valeur aux territoires contaminés tout en assurant leur dépollution et l’amélioration des propriétés des sols. Elle répond aux attentes en matière d’économie circulaire. La présentation offrira une vue générale de la phytoremédiation et des technologies qui ont été développées, puis elle s’attachera à l’agromine en insistant sur les bases scientifiques, les réalisations pratiques et les perspectives de la filière.
  • Biography: Jean-Louis MOREL est professeur émérite en biologie pour l’environnement à l'Université de Lorraine, professeur associé à l'Université Sun Yat-sen de Guangzhou et professeur invité à l’INRS-ETE de Québec. Ses activités de recherche concernent i) la dynamique des polluants (métaux et hydrocarbures) dans les sols, ii) l'évolution des sols fortement affectés par les activités humaines, et iii) les applications pour le traitement des sols pollués et leur valorisation par agromine. Il a développé des recherches sur la phytoremédiation depuis les années 90 (e.g. phytoextraction (Cd, Ni, Zn, terres rares) ; il a notamment initié des projets sur les hyperaccumulateurs de Ni en Albanie, qui ont conduit au développement de la chaîne de production de métaux qu'il a désignée « agromine » (2013). Il a créé et dirigé, jusqu'en 2012, le Laboratoire Sols et Environnement (LSE) (UMR 1120 INPL-INRA, http://www.lse.inpl-nancy.fr/). Il a présidé, de 2000 à 2019, le GISFI (Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique sur les Friches Industrielles ; http://www.gisfi.univ-lorraine.fr), un consortium scientifique de dix groupes de recherche dédiés à l’étude des sites et sols pollués et au développement de procédés de dépollution et de réutilisation des sols. Il est responsable du Laboratoire International Associé (LIA) ECOLAND établi entre l'Université Sun Yat-sen, l'Université de Lorraine et l'INRAE pour développer les services écosystémiques fournis par les territoires contaminés. Il a publié plus de 250 articles dans des revues internationales à comité de lecture, deux brevets et est coéditeur d'une série de livres (deux au cours des dernières années). Il subject editor de Journal of Soils and Sediments. Il a été membre du Conseil national des universités (2004-2012), vice-président de la recherche de l'Université (2002-2006) et du conseil d'administration (2012-2017) de l'Université de Lorraine (60 000 étudiants, 6 000 personnels) et conseiller pour la stratégie internationale d'UL. Il est membre de plusieurs comités scientifiques nationaux (e.g. Ademe, Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB), Plante & Cité) et internationaux (Université RUDN, Moscou). Il a présidé le groupe international SUITMA (Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas) de l'Union Internationale de la Science du Sol (2007-2015). Il a contribué à la création de deux start-ups, Microhumus (2007) et Econick (2016) et de son entreprise de consultance, Consoilting, en 2019.

Tuesday, 16th of June, 2020 at 10.30 GMT

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  • Titre: Introgression breeding for adaptaton to climate change
  • Biography: Jaime Prohens is Director of the Department of Biotechnoloy of the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. He obtained the degree of Dr. Engineer in Agronomy from the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain in 1997. Since then he has been teaching undergraduate and master level courses in the field of Genetics and Plant Breeding. Apart from the regular courses in Spanish, he also teaches some of the courses in English. Jaime Prohens is full professor and has an important research activity in the field of vegetable crops genetics and breeding, with more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. He has been advisor of three PhD thesis as well as of more than 50 BSc and MSc thesis. One of the PhD thesis and three of the BSc thesis have obtained awards for outstanding quality. He is author of 14 teaching publications, including two books on Genetics and Plant Breeding, as well as of 10 presentations in congresses on education. Jaime Prohens has also been invited as lecturer in postgraduate courses in several universities and has participated in international exchange programmes for teaching staff. He has been an is also involved in several innovation teaching projects, like two Erasmus Intensive Projects with Universities from Portugal, France and Germany. Finally, in 2009 he received the award for “Excellence in Teaching”, a prestigious award from the Regional Government of Valencia.

Tuesday, 23th of June, 2020 at 10.30 GMT

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  • Titre: Genetic control of fruit morphology in melon (Cucumis melo L.)
  • Biography: Antonio J. Monforte is a Research Scientist at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) where he leads the Genomics in Plant Breeding group at Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMCP). He obtained his Ph. D in Genetics by the University of Valencia (1996) studying QTL mapping of salt tolerance in tomato. He did a postdoc in Cornell University (Steve Tanksley lab) also working in tomato molecular breeding projects. J joined the Department of Plant Genetics at the IRTA (now integrated into the CRAG) in 2000 where he started working in melon genetics: molecular marker development, linkage maps, QTL mapping, introgression lines and genomics. He obtained his current position at IBMCP in 2008 where he combines melon and tomato projects. The current scientific objectives are to incorporate genomics to study the genetic variability existing in cultivated species and wild relatives in order to understand the genetic control of agronomic traits and to apply this knowledge in developing new cultivars. The major focus are fruit quality and abiotic stress tolerance as response to the global climate change.

Tuesday, 30th of June, 2020 at 10.30 GMT

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  • Titre: Root traits as new targets for breeding
  • Biography: Laurent Laplaze est Directeur de Recherche à l'Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) au sein de l’Unité Mixte de Recherche Diversité, Adaptation et Développement des plantes (DIADE, www.diade.ird.fr/) à Montpellier. Ses travaux de recherche, qu'il réalise en partenariat avec plusieurs institutions au Sud, portent sur les traits racinaires qui contribuent à la nutrition hydrominérale des plantes pour une intensification durable de l'agriculture. Il a participé à des expertises pour l'Union Européenne et l'Agence Française pour le Développement sur l'agriculture en Afrique de l'Ouest. Il co-dirige depuis 2012 le Laboratoire Mixte International (LMI) Adaptation des Plantes et microorganismes associés au Stress Environnementaux (LAPSE, www.isra.sn/lapse/) basé au Sénégal qui fédère des chercheurs et enseignants chercheurs de 2 instituts français (IRD & CIRAD) 3 universités et 2 instituts de recherche Sénégalais et un centre international (AfricaRice).

Tuesday, 7th of July, 2020 at 10.30 GMT

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  • Titre: Argane tree (Argania spinosa) in the genomic era : past, present, and future
  • Biography: Rachid MENTAG is a plant biotechnologist. He did his PhD and MBA in Plant Biotechnology and Bio-industry respectively in Canada. He joined INRA, Morocco in 2006. He is working as researcher (Directeur de recherche) at Biotechnology Unit, at the Regional Center of Agricultural Research of Rabat, INRA. Author of recent articles on genomics and legume-pathogens interactions studies. He is involved on many international projects. Thus, he acted/acting as Institutional PI of MEDILEG, AVIAMED, INTOMED and DIVICIA projects funded through ARIMNET and PRIMA Mediterranean programs. He acted also as PI of project funded by Rural Development Administration of Korea on molecular breeding (Genotyping By Sequencing). His interest focus mainly on genomics and molecular plant-pathogen interactions. He is also an active member of sequencing team of INRA. He Holds 2 patents on biocontrol and micropropagation of forest tree. Dr Mentag is also an active member of teaching teams at IAV Hassan II and other Moroccan universities.

Monday, 13th of July, 2020 at 10.30 GMT

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  • Titre: Heavy metal uptake and accumulation in plants
  • Biography: Abdelaziz SMOUNI is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sciences, Mohammed V University in Rabat. He is a member of the direction board of the Laboratory of plants Physiology and Biotechnology at Faculty of Sciences of Rabat where he leads a research team interesting in the physiological and molecular aspects of plants tolerance and adaptation to heavy metals and developing phytoremediation process. He coordinated the Moroccan participation at the ERASMUS + project (capacity building) "Création d’un Master en Biotechnologie Végétales pour l’amélioration des plantes" (MABIOVA). He has co-published more than 20 scientific articles and one patent related to physiological and molecular mechanisms of plants response to abiotic stresses. He is a member of refereed in several international journals. From 2005 to 2011, he was the head of the Laboratory of Plant Biotechnology at the National Center for Energy, Sciences and Nuclear Techniques (CNESTEN) of Rabat and member of the scientific committee of this institution. He is co-Director of the international joint laboratory LMI AMIR. He is involved, including coordination, in several national and international research programs as well as in educational programs.

Tuesday, 21th of July, 2020 at 9.30 GMT

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  • Titre: Root associated endophytic microorganisms
  • Biography: Dr Anita Pandey is Professor of Biotechnology at Graphic Era (deemed to be) University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. Her research centres around the Bioprospection of Microbial Diversity of Indian Himalayan region (IHR). Her major research areas have been Extremophiles, Rhizosphere, Biodegradation, Fermented Foods, Water microbes, and Antimicrobials. MSc, PhD, and Postdoc scholars work in her research group. She established a Microbial Culture Collection, specifically for IHR, while serving the G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment, Almora, Uttarakhand, India. Dr Pandey has been Host Scientist for CV Raman International Fellowships for African Researchers (for Morocco and Egypt). She has several recognitions to her credit such as National Young Woman Bioscientist Award by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi and Vishisht Mahila Vaigyanik Sammaan (Eminent Woman Scientist Recognition) by Uttarakhand Science, Education, and Research Centre, Govt. of Uttarakhand, India. She has participated in exchange research programmes, workshops, and conferences to share knowledge at various National as well as International forums like MTCC, IMTECH, Chandigarh, India; Biocontrol of Plant Diseases Laboratory, USAD, Beltsville, USA; FEMS-11, Geneva, Switzerland; Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France; SEB Brighton 2016 (UK).

Tuesday, 28th of July, 2020 at 10.30 GMT

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  • Titre: The use of tomato wild relatives as a genetic resource for de novo domestication and improvement
  • Biography: Dr. Lázaro Eustáquio Pereira Peres is a Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, where he also received his PhD. His main research interest is plant development and its interaction with the environment, using tomato as a model. Dr. Peres has established and curates a large collection of induced mutants, natural genetic variation and transgenic plants in the model system tomato cv. Micro-Tom, which are being used worldwide for the study of physiological mechanisms and the genes behind them. Some of the genes studied in the Dr. Peres´s lab have alleles that are exclusive from tomato related wild species, representing valuable genetic resources for fundamental studies on plant adaptation, domestication and breeding.
Webinars à venir en septembre 2020

Speakers

- Mohamed Zouine, Toulouse INP - France
- Francisco Canovas, BMBP-UMA-Malaga - Spain
- Mondher Bouzayen, Toulouse INP - France
- Moez Amri, UM6P - Morocco