Dr. Christophe Salon is a research manager in the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and deputy manager of the large research unit for agroecology. In this unit, he manages the GEAPSI research group which studies the genetic and environmental determinants of plant adaptation to innovative culture systems. This group gathers multidisciplinary scientists in ecophysiology, genomics, genetics, molecular biology and phenotyping, working on the adaptation of legumes to environmental constraints and taking into account their interactions with soil microorganisms.
Dr. Salon is also the founder and scientific manager of the high throughput phenotyping facility “4PMI” in Dijon, France. This platform develops new methods and tools to characterize a variety of shoot and root traits for a panel of different crop species. He has been involved in eight European Union Director-General for Research and Innovation projects since 1996. Dr Salon is setting up an associated innovation research laboratory on Agroecology, between INRA and China Agricultural University. He is also the INRA representative in the International Plant Phenotyping Network, has been coordinator of numerous other national/international projects, and has been involved in the executive committees of international networks (AEP, ILS). Dr Salon is Associate editor of two journals, Legumes Sciences and Plant Phenomics, and has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals.