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Joan Laur

Joan Laur
Photo: IRBV / Amélie Philibert
Portrait of Joan Laur, botanist
  • Portrait of Joan Laur, botanist
  • Plants irrigated by an olla
  • Gourmet mushroom
  • Leaf infected by barley mildew
  • Cutting of a spruce needle
  • Cutting of a willow tree stem infused with safranin
  • Fields of different tomato cultivars in Montreal
  • Different tomato cultivars
  • Urban-architecture companion-planting experiment aimed at enriching Montréal-area produce

At the Jardin botanique I contribute along with my students to the integrated deployment of phytotechnologies. With my wide-ranging background in applied plant biology, I can’t help but think that a host of innovative solutions for making the transition a success are within easy reach.

  • Botanist at the Jardin botanique
  • Scientific director of the Jardin’s Pathway to Phytotechnologies
  • Researcher at the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, in charge of the Institute’s phytotechnology platform
  • Associate professor at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Biological Sciences
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Areas of research and expertise

  • Hydric relationships of plants and movement of contaminants
  • Use of native plants in phytotechnology
  • Land resilience and agrobiodiversity


Postdoctoral - Phytotechnologies, 2019
Université de Montréal

Postdoctoral - Phytology and plant protection, 2018
Université Laval

Doctoral – Forest biology and sustainable management, 2014
University of Alberta

Master’s – Plant biosciences, 2010
Université de Toulouse

Bachelor’s - Microbiology, agro-biosciences, bioinformatics and systems biology, 2010
Université de Toulouse

About my work

My work and the work of my team of student-researchers focuses on the development of simple technologies to deal with the great environmental challenges of the 21st century. We combine the tools of molecular biology and plant physiology to study the interaction of plants with their environment.

A better understanding of the natural processes governing our ecosystems also means using them to develop a resilient agriculture that will successfully stand up to climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and clean up soils, water and the air.

Why I love research

All along my career path I’ve had mentors who loved experimenting and putting in place. This is the same approach my students take in designing their research projects: they set themselves challenges, then define objectives and the appropriate methodologies for finding just the right solution.

Working at the Jardin botanique is also an opportunity for us to take concrete steps in concert with the different teams to make our work quickly accessible to communities.

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