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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

Luyang, PhD student from Zhejiang University (China):

Luyang Hu

I joined the team as a PhD student in March 2017 supervised by Stéphane Muños. I am involved in the sequecing of the Orobanche cumana genome and I am characterizing Asian populations of O. cumana.  I am a PhD student in Agriculture and Biotechnology College of Zhejiang University in China since 2014, and my research focuses on the control methods and signaling mechanism of the interaction between sunflower and Orobanche Cumana.


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

Alvaro Calderon Gonzales

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: