Florence Volaire

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France

Florence Volaire was born in South of France in 1963. She received the agricultural engineer degree in 1984 and the Ph.D. degree in agroecology from the Montpellier University in 1989. She did a postdoctoral year at the Plant Breeding Station of Aberystwyth (Wales, UK) in 1993. Since 1987, she has been a Scientist at INRA (National Institute for Agronomic Research), firstly in Corsica and then at Montpellier in plant ecophysiology and agronomy. Since 2011, she joined the CEFE (Center for Functional Ecology) at CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) in Montpellier. She has focused her research on the adaptative responses of perennial pasture plants to severe summer droughts as occurring in Mediterranean and semiarid areas. She has particularly analyzed the ecophysiology of summer dormancy. This research is becoming crucial in the current content of increased aridity under climate change. She was attributed the “Southwood” Prize by the British Ecological Society for the best publication of a young scientist in “Journal of Applied Ecology” in 1995. She initiated and coorganized the first international symposium on “Summer dormancy in plants” in Ardmore (USA) in 2009. She is involved in many collaborative projects (French ANR programmes and bilateral projects with Morocco and Turkey). She published 40 papers in refereed journals.

Biography Updated on 31 July 2011

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