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Laboratory of Plant-Microbe Interactions - LIPM

Laboratory of Plant-Microbe Interactions

Members - Sunflower Genetics and Genomics

Nicolas Langlade, CR1 INRA, group co-leader


I started my career abroad, in Switzerland with Enrico Martinoia (PhD at University of Neuchatel) and then in the United-Kingdom with Enrico Coen (John Innes Centre, Norwich) working on the genetic basis of physiological and developmental adaptations of plants to their environment and evolutionary forces.  I joined the INRA in 2006 as a post-doc in the laboratory of plant reproduction and development with Peter Rogowsky (Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon) where I briefly worked on maize kernel development.

I moved to the LIPM (INRA Toulouse) in 2007 as senior researcher, where I am developing a research program aiming at identifying the molecular and genetic basis of sunflower adaptation to abiotic stresses (i.e. mainly drought). 

I was and still am strongly involved in setting up the lab, growth chamber and greenhouse facilities aimed to sunflower research. Furthermore, I develop genetic populations and genomic resources for our community.  This constitutes as prerequisite to my research activities where I integrate quantitative genetics, systems biology and phenotypic modelling in agronomic models as a joined public and private research effort.

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Stéphane Muños, IR1-INRA, group co-leader

Stephane MUNOS

I obtained my PhD in 2002 at Montpellier University (France). I worked on nitrate transporters regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana (BPMP lab, A. Gojon Team). I joined the GAFL research lab (M. Causse Team, Avignon-France) in 2003 and worked on the genetic basis of tomato fruit quality during 8 years. I joined the LIPM lab in 2011. I am coordinating the projects on sunflower resistance to O. cumana (the sunflower broomrape).



Brigitte Mangin, DR2 INRA:

Nicolas Blanchet, technician INRA:

Nicolas Blanchet




Marie-Claude Boniface, technician INRA:

Marie-Claude BONIFACE


Olivier Catrice, assistant engineer INRA:

Olivier Catrice


Nicolas Pouilly, assistant engineer INRA:


Fanny Bonnafous, PhD student:

Fanny Bonnafous

After a master's degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Applications (Biostatistics specialty), which I obtained in 2014 at Montpellier 2 University, I joined LIPM in early 2015 to carry out a PhD co-supervised by Nicolas Langlade and Brigitte Mangin. My research topic concerns the insertion of a priori information in genomic selection in a sunflower hybrid design.


Pauline Duriez, PhD student:

Pauline Duriez

During my Plant Biotechnology Master Degree at University Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III, I joined the team during my two interships, focusing on positional cloning and diversity analysis of a sunflower branching locus. I then integrated a private company for performing routinely genetic mappings and QTL detections on maize and rapeseed. After that, I joined again the team for my Ph.D. about the positional cloning of a resistance locus to Orobanche cumana, a parasitic weed of sunflower, and its molecular characterization.



Alexandra Dühnen, PhD student:

Alexandra Dühnen


Florie Gosseau, PhD student:

Florie Gosseau

Prune Pegot-Espagnet, PhD student:

Prune Pegot-Espagnet

Álvaro Calderón González, invited PhD student from IAS (CSIC,Cordoba, Spain):

After finishing a Degree in Biology and a Master's Degree in Biotechnology Applied to Conservation & Sustainable Management of Plant Resources at the University of Oviedo (Asturies, Spain) during which I worked in "Expression of genes of strigolactones involved in branching and apical dominance in Pinus pinaster". In May 2016, I joined the group of Genetic Improvement of Annual Oleaginous Crops of the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (IAS-CSIC) in Cordoba (Spain) to carry out my thesis entitled "Characterization of Avirulence Genes on Sunflower Broomrape (Orobanche cumana Wallr.)". I am currently doing a doctoral stay in the Group of Genetics and Genomics of Sunflower in the LIPM, under the direction of Stéphane Muños.


Xavier Grand, PostDoc:

Xavier Grand

I obtained my PhD degree in Integrative Plant Biology in 2011 at Montpellier SupAGRO. I worked on biological and molecular characterization of partial resistance and the phenomenon of preformed resistance in rice to the ascomycete fungus Magnaporthe oryzae (UMR BGPI, INRA / CIRAD / SupAGRO, JB Morel team). I was recruited as a bio-analyst by Biogemma Auvergne ("GeneDiscovery" team) in 2012, I endorse transcriptomic data analyzes for the discovery of genes involved in yield, drought tolerance and nitrogen assimilation in maize and wheat. I joined LIPM in May 2016 for an 18-month post-doc to study the resistance of sunflower wild relatives against Orobanche cumana, in collaboration with Biogemma (Toulouse, "Genetics & Genomics in Oilseeds" team).


Louise Gody, engineer:


Marion Laroque, technician:

Marion Larroque

Anne-Sophie Lubrano, engineer:

Anne-Sophie Lubrano

Gwenola Marage, assistant engineer:

Gwenola Marage

Julia Bazerque, Master student: