Valéry Malécot is Associate Professor in Botany at Agrocampus Ouest (centre d'Angers, Institut National d’Horticulture et de Paysage), in Angers. He works on the taxonomy and nomenclature of wild and cultivated plants such as Adoxaceae, Fabaceae and Euphorbiaceae and is involved in phylogenetic study of some of these groups.
He serves as an expert on nomenclatural questions for the French Botanical Names Database (BDNFF and INPN). He gives regular advice on plant nomenclature and makes plant identifications for professionals and amateurs. His teaching is dedicated to plant morphology, nomenclature and taxonomy. He is a member of the IUBS Commission on cultivated plant nomenclature and of the Nomenclature Committee for Vascular Plants (under International code of nomenclature of algae, fungi and plants).
With C. Chambolle, he writes a regular column on cultivated plant naming, origins and culture for le Lien Horticole. He has contributed to the European Garden Flora, Flora of China, and to the to-be-published native french flora Flora Gallica. In France, he is involved in several associations on systematics (Société Française de Systématique) or botany (Société Botanique de France, Conservatoire des Collections Végétales Spécialisées, Tela-Botanica)