Déborah GOFFNER is a research director at the CNRS. Specialized in plant biology, she has led research on the biochemical and molecular mechanisms regulating cell wall biosynthesis in plants at the UMR CNRS/Université de Toulouse III "Laboratoire de Recherche en Sciences Végétale" for over 20 years. In 2011, she completed a thematic and geographical mobility, and is now in charge of the « Plantes et ressources végétales sahéliennes pour le développement et la Santé » (PLANTS) team within the l’Unité Mixte Internationale CNRS 3189 « Environnement, Santé et Sociétés ». She is geographically based at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, and at Stockholm University in Sweden within the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where she has been a visiting researcher since 2012. Since 2015, she has been coordinating the ANR-FUTURE SAHEL research program: "Multi-scale approaches to best practices in resource management of Sahelian landscapes in the context of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel", which brings together French, Senegalese and Swedish academics and Senegalese natural resource managers responsible for the implementation of the Green Wall in Senegal.

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