Interactions between Microorganisms and Forest Trees

Interactions between Microorganisms and Forest Trees (IAM)

  • The 1136 Joint Research Unit INRA/University of Lorraine “Interactions between Trees/Microorganisms” (IAM) studies the biology and the ecology of the interactions between microorganisms and forest trees.
  • The Unit’s research aims to improve our knowledge and understanding of the interactions that develop between trees, fungi and rhizosphere bacteria, which contribute to the operation and sustainability of forest ecosystems. 
  • All the research activities of the UMR IAM are organized into five main scientific themes, supported by technical platforms:
    • Theme 1 : Stress response and redox regulation
    • Theme 2 : Molecular mechanisms of interactions between trees, fungi and soil bacteria
    • Theme 3 : Ecology and role of forest microbial communities
    • Theme 4 : Ecology of forest tree diseases in the context of global change
    • Theme 5 : Mechanisms and evolution of poplar-rust interactions
  • The IAM unit is member of ARBRE (Lab of Excellence for Advanced Research on the Biology of Trees and Forest Ecosystems) and is recognized by the “AgreenSkills mobility program”.