BEC Research interests (T7)

Key words

Natural products, ageing, valorization, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemometrics

Research Themes

The principal axes are :
• the development of a global vision of the conservation of natural resources mainly of the microbial and vegetable biomass (aromatic and medicinal plants, essential oil, vegetable oil, honeys, saffron yellow) of the island and conti-nental ecosystems,
• the characterization and the forecast of the dynamics of the ecosystems in front of global changes (climate, demog-raphy) with the aim of their sustainable management and to highlight regional soil effects,
• the identification of metabolomics indicators through the chemometrics treatments of the data (chromatographic and/or spectroscopic) allowing to study the dynamics of the ecosystems and the services which they return to soci-eties to anticipate breaking points
• the implementation of innovative practices (biorefineries) for productive and resilient ecosystems with the aim of giving answers to the major societal issues, among which the food quality and the biocontrol. In this context, myco-toxin degradation is a major stake for the food self-sufficiency, but also the replacement of chemical pesticides by biopesticides or the study of the natural or feigned ageings of natural or formulated products.
• the degradation or sequestration (storage) of recalcitrant organic compounds or natural or anthropological miner-als contaminating the environment with the objective to protect the ecosystems.
• the isolation and characterization of secondary metabolites with the aim to valuate natural resources.
• The morphological , cellular and molecular characterization of organisms of interest through different microscopic techniques (scanning and transmission electronic miscroscope, confocal microscopy)
The ambition of the team is to aggregate the scientific knowledge produced by its members and to incite and to stimulate the interfaces between them in order to favor interdisciplinary approaches among IMBE and with our southern partners. The members of the team collaborate within networks concerned by all the natural and man-impacted terrestrial and aquatic biomes, constituting the biodiversity of the continental and insular agricultural systems of the Mediterranean and tropical areas