Vincent Colot has a long-standing interest in the study of transposable elements as a source of heritable phenotypic variation, through either their mobilization and the creation of insertion alleles near or within genes, or as a result of stable epigenetic variation and the creation of “epialleles” at gene targets. His group uses mainly molecular genetics as well as population genomic approaches and focuses on Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system.
Vincent Colot is a member of EMBO and a recipient of the Prix Prix Jean Dufrenoy of the French Academy of Agriculture and of the Grand Prix Charles-Léopold Mayer of the French Academy of Sciences.
Short affiliation: Institut de Biologie de l’ENS, Paris, France
Talk title: Transposable element mobilization in Arabidopsis thaliana: highly deleterious yet a major force of local adaptation
Synopsis: Our recent work in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana shows that unlike what is commonly thought, transposition is very frequent in nature and a force to be reckoned with for rapid adaptation in the face of climate change.