Flaming red in autumn, lush green in spring: the greenery outfit of the Institut de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire (IBMC) is visible from a large distance. The shelter for biodiversity makes the institute’s occupants proud – but who does still remember that the Virginia creeper was planted to counter unwelcome tags?
There are some who mix it up with ivy, other use it as way to identify the IBMC. But no one on the campus Esplanade is able to ignore it. It has even become an object of pride for the occupants of the “cube” that rallies three unities of the CNRS dedicated to research in molecular biology, directed by Sylvaine Muller since the beginning of this term. “This Virginia creeper is the IBMC’s identity!” exclaims enthusiastically Magali Frugier, team leader of a laboratory “Architecture and reactivity of the DNA” (UPR 9002). It made her blood boil when she took note that the Virginia creeper’s roots on the north side of the building need to be cut due to construction work for the future Insectarium that will be joint to the IBMC. “I hope we will be able to replant it!”