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Génétique Quantitative et Évolution - Le Moulon


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  • Génétique Quantitative et Évolution - Le Moulon
  • INRA - Université Paris-Sud - CNRS - AgroParisTech
  • Ferme du Moulon
  • F-91190 Gif-sur-Yvette

Academic career

1992 - Engineer for Agriculture (ESITPA)

Research interests, accomplishment and expertise

  • Managment of maize winter nurseries for INRA and several coloborative projects involving private partners companies and providers.

  • Scientific expert for the Technical Committee for Plant Breeding (CTPS) for the maize cultivar registration on the french Catalogue (DUS Distinction, Homogeneity, Stabiity and VCUS Value for Cultivation, Use and Sustainability). DUS Expert for Community Plant Variety Office (CPOV).

  • Genetic diversity of maize and its implication in the XXth century breeding of maize cultivars in Europe. Applications of markers assisted selection. Pedigree and recurrent selections. Management of the release of RILS, NILs, LD panels populations. In field phenotyping, management of incomplete replication designs for the large populations evaluations. Characterization of the G*E interaction by probe genotypes in multi-environment experiments.

  • The coordination of the development of maize populations for genetic researches of the maize INRA teams or the European projects they are involved implies large scale experimental facilities ( INRA or partners locations in France, plus German and Spanish partners) and nurseries including the INRA southwestern station Saint Martin de Hinx particularly suited to the maintenance of materials of all maturities of interest in Europe, and winter nurseries facilities (Chile and Uruguay).

Main responsibilities

  • 2016-2020: Operating manager of the “Genetic Ressources Valorisation” ProMaïs project
  • 2016-2019: Task Manager of maize new material development coordination for the French federal project AMAIZING
  • 2015-2019: Operating manager of the “Markers Assisted Selection” phase 2 ProMaïs project
  • 2011-2019: Task Manager of maize trials network for the French federal project AMAIZING
  • 2010-2014: Operating manager of the “Markers Assisted Selection” ProMaïs project
  • 2009-2011: Coordinator for “CornFed” KBBE project of the release of populations (NILs, LD panels) - Coordinator for “CornFed” KBBE project of the European phenotyping trials network
  • 2008-2012: Coordinator for “Diversité Zea” ProMaïs project of the release of populations (NILs, LD panels)
  • 2005- : Coordinator of Maize populations release for INRA research (RILs, NILs, LD panels)
  • 2002-2007: Manager of the “Piedmont Pyrénéen” ProMaïs project
  • 2002-2015: Coordinator of elite inbred Maize breeding programs for INRA
  • 1997-2015: Coordinator of INRA Maize phenotyping trials network - Early Maize Breeder for INRA - Coordinator of INRA Maize breeding program
  • 1994-1997: Maize population recurrent selection Breeder for INRA
  • 1993-1994: Sunflower assistant phytopathologist Breeder for Rustica semences (present Euralis)

Involvment in Master 2 teaching

“Amélioration génétique et sélection variétales”, course in two universities:

  • M2 “Production des Agro-ressources et Développement Durable”, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
  • M2 “Productions Végétales et Industries Agro-Alimentaires”, Université de Picardie-Jules Verne (Amiens)


Virlouvet L, El Hage F, Griveau Y, Jacquemot MP, Gineau E, Baldy A, Legay S, Horlow C, Combes V, Bauland C, Palafre C, Falque M, Moreau L, Coursol S, Méchin V, Reymond M. (2019) Water Deficit-Responsive QTLs for Cell Wall Degradability and Composition in Maize at Silage Stage. Front. Plant Sci., (10) 488
Giraud H, Bauland C, Falque M, Madur D, Combes V, Jamin P, Monteil C, Laborde J, Palaffre C, Gaillard A, Blanchard P, Charcosset A, Moreau L. (2017) Reciprocal Genetics: Identifying QTL for General and Specific Combining Abilities in Hybrids Between Multiparental Populations from Two Maize (Zea mays L.) Heterotic Groups. Genetics, 3 (207) 1167-1180