Marc-André Selosse, witness to tiny life


PORTRAIT – This microbiologist, who likes to remind people that at present, only 1% of microbes living in the soil are known, has just published a book on the subject.

When you have a meeting with an actor or actress at the Comédie-Française, it is always moving to walk through the door of Molière’s house. On the occasion of a meeting with the microbiologist Marc-André Selosse at the Natural History Museum, between the Boulevard de l’Hôpital and the rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire in Paris, it is the house of Buffon that the we find. And the emotion is not less. With its French-style garden, its statues, its rockeries, its English-style groves, its galleries, its rose garden, its large greenhouses, its Whale building, its wallabies and its menagerie, whose tigers now disappeared the dreamy writer Jacques Perret, the Jardin des Plantes is a marvelous place of memory. In 2035, it will be four centuries that highly qualified scientists have devoted themselves here to the description of everything that is visible in the natural world: animal, plant or mineral.

Marc-André Selosse is lucky to be able to do it with more and more instruments…

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