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Raphaël Mercier—unraveling the mysteries of plant genetics
A brilliant researcher sheds light on key cellular mechanisms using a plant model. The 2016 winner of the Scientific Breakthrough Award is Raphaël Mercier, who is a research director in the Meiosis and Recombination group at the Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute, which is part of the INRA center of Versailles-Grignon.
Raphaël Mercier, a researcher specializing in plant genetics, arrived at the INRA center of Versailles-Grignon in 2003. He has since dedicated himself to the study of meiosis, a key form of cell division found in sexually reproducing species. Using Arabidopsis thaliana mutants, he has helped characterize over 60 genes involved in meiosis. His basic research has led to some important applied results, which promise to revolutionize the world of plant breeding.