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Thale cress, genetic « Meccano »

Series : Plant secrets

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  00:52:00  2010  Color  Sound

Difficult to imagine that one would travel the world for an invisible, banal-looking, valueless plant… However, that is what some researchers do. One of them, an INRA geneticist, takes us to the mountains of Kyrgyzstan in his frantic quest for rockcress. But there is a good reason to that: this little wild plant, ignored for centuries, has become in just a few years a key plant for genetic research. It was chosen as a « model organism ». Since then, laboratories from all over the world cultivate, study, clone, modify it, in an attempt to pierce the mysteries of life: the DNA mechanisms, the role of the genes…Very innocently, the rockcress brings up huge issues: « connections » between plants and humans, patenting the living, genetically modified organisms, revolutions in agro-industry…all new domains that create debate everywhere on the planet.

Associate producer : Le Miroir
Director : LABORIE Emmanuel
Scientific adviser : BARATON AlainCLEMENT GillesGOUYON Pierre-Henri (Origine, structure et évolution de la biodiversité, UMR MNHN et CNRS, Paris) HALLE Francis
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation d'images en microscopie électronique, d'animations 3D et de dessins.
Commentaire voix off (Marie-Christine Barrault) et interventions en son direct (français, japonais et allemand doublés). Musique originale (Olivier Adelen).
PersonnalitiesHALLE Francis; GOUYON Pierre-Henri(Origine, structure et évolution de la biodiversité, UMR MNHN et CNRS, Paris); BARATON Alain
AL-SHEBAZ Ishan(Missouri Botanical Garden, Etats Unis, Saint Louis ); CUTLER Adrian(PBI, Canada); DOUTRIAUX Marie-Pascale(IBP, UMR CNRS et Univ. Paris 11, Orsay); KELLER Wilf(PBI, Canada); LOUDET Olivier(INRA, Versailles-Grignon); MERCIER Raphael(INRA, Versailles-Grignon); VOINNET Olivier(IBMP, UPR CNRS, Strasbourg)
Date of broadcasting21/05/2010 (Arte)
NotesPMMH : Laboratoire de physique et mécanique des milieux hétérogènes.
Technical Sheet
Item No.2260
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD Cam
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportDV Cam
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