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Génétique Quantitative et Évolution - Le Moulon



Group leader, CNRS

Plant and insect population and evolutionary genomics - Ecological genomics of apple-aphid interaction


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  • Génétique Quantitative et Évolution - Le Moulon
  • Université Paris-Saclay, INRAE, CNRS, AgroParisTech
  • 12 route 128
  • 91190 Gif-sur-Yvette

Position and Education

  • 2022: Elected member of the CN CNRS Section 23 (Plant integrative biology)
  • 2022: Habilitation à diriger les recherches (HDR)
  • 2019-..: Group leader and principal investigator (PI), ECLECTIC group, “Ecological Genomics of multi-species interactions”, UMR 8120 - Génétique Quantitative et Evolution – Le Moulon, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
  • 2017-2019: CNRS researcher (CRCN) Section 23, GQE-Le Moulon (Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
  • 2015-2017 : Postdoctoral worker, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 2013-2015 : Postdoctoral worker, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • 2012-2013: Postdoctoral worker, Université Paris Sud, France.
  • 2009-2012: PhD in Evolutionary Biology - Université Paris 11


  • 2017-2022: Main-organizer of the ESEB - Special Topic Network “Ecological genomics of coevolutionary interaction”
  • 2020- … : Associate researcher at the CEREEP-ECOTRON field station, Foljuif.

Fellowships and prizes

  • 2020: Laureate of the “Young researcher” CNRS Paoletti prize in 2020.
  • 2019: Laureate of the “Jeunes Talents France Chine” travel research grant to visit colleagues in China.
  • 2013: Prize from the French Society of Ecology and Evolution “Young Researcher of the Year”.

Research interests

With my group, we use combinations of various approaches (laboratory experiments, field work, modeling, molecular biology, population genetics and genomics) for contributing to our understanding of plant diversity and of how plants, and their associated symbionts (parasites, mutualists), evolve and adapt to their environment.

We have built an orchard of wild apples at Univ. Paris Saclay for research, mediation and conservation purposes. See the progress of the project on [@PommierVerger] and here website of the wild apple orchad & here movie of the wild apple orchad.

ECLECTIC is attached to the LabEx SPS (Sciences des Plantes de Saclay) and to SEVE doctoral school.

See how to join the lab there!


  • Chen X., Avia K., Forler A., Remoué C., Venon A., Rousselet A., Lucas G., Kwarteng AO., Rover R., Le Guilloux M., Belcram H., Combes V., Corti H., Olverà-Vazquez S., Falque M., Alins G., Kirisits T., Ursu TM., Roman A., Volk GM., Bazot S., Cornille A. . (2023) Ecological and evolutionary drivers of phenotypic and genetic variation in the European crabapple [ Malus sylvestris (L.) Mill.], a wild relative of the cultivated apple. Annals of Botany, 6 (131) 1025-1037
  • Chen X., Cornille A. , An N., Xing L., Ma J., Zhao C., Wang Y., Han M., Zhang D.. (2023) The East Asian wild apples, Malus baccata (L.) Borkh and Malus hupehensis (Pamp.) Rehder., are additional contributors to the genomes of cultivated European and Chinese varieties. Molecular Ecology, 18 (32) 5125-5139
  • Tenaillon MI., Burban E., Huynh S., Wojcik A., Thuillet AC., Manicacci D., Gérard PR., Alix K., Belcram H., Cornille A. , Brault M., Stevens R., Lagnel J., Dogimont C., Vigouroux Y., Glémin S.. (2023) Crop domestication as a step toward reproductive isolation. American Journal of Botany, 7 (110) e16173
  • Amandine C., Ebert D., Stukenbrock E., Rodríguez De La Vega RC., Tiffin P., Croll D., Tellier A.. (2022) Unraveling coevolutionary dynamics using ecological genomics. Trends in Genetics, 10 (38) 1003-1012
  • Bina H., Yousefzadeh H., Venon A., Remoué C., Rousselet A., Falque M., Faramarzi S., Chen X., Samanchina J., Gill D., Kabaeva A., Giraud T., Hosseinpour B., Abdollahi H., Gabrielyan I., Nersesyan A., Cornille A. . (2022) Evidence of an additional centre of apple domestication in Iran, with contributions from the Caucasian crab apple Malus orientalis Uglitzk. to the cultivated apple gene pool. Molecular Ecology, 21 (31) 5581-5601
  • Cornille A. . (2022) HDR Ecological genomics of multi-species interactions.. ,
  • Brisou G., Piquerez SJM., Minoia S., Marcel F., Cornille A. , Carriero F., Boualem A., Bendahmane A.. (2021) Induced mutations in SlE8 and SlACO1 control tomato fruit maturation and shelf-life. Journal of Experimental Botany, erab330
  • Chen X., Cornille A. , An N., Xing L., Ma J., Zhao C., Wang Y., Han M., Zhang D.. (2021) The Siberian wild apple is an additional contributor to the genome of the cultivated European and Chinese apple. bioRxiv,
  • Denoirjean T., Doury G., Cornille A. , Chen X., Hance T., Ameline A.. (2021) Genetic structure of Malus sylvestris and potential link with preference/performance by the rosy apple aphid pest Dysaphis plantaginea. Sci Rep, 1 (11) 5732
  • Groppi A., Liu S., Cornille A. , Decroocq S., Bui QT., Tricon D., Cruaud C., Arribat S., Belser C., Marande W., Salse J., Huneau C., Rodde N., Rhalloussi W., Cauet S., Istace B., Denis E., Carrère S., Audergon JM., Roch G., Lambert P., Zhebentyayeva T., Liu WS., Bouchez O., Lopez-Roques C., Serre RF., Debuchy R., Tran J., Wincker P., Chen X., Pétriacq P., Barre A., Nikolski M., Aury JM., Abbott AG., Giraud T., Decroocq V.. (2021) Population genomics of apricots unravels domestication history and adaptive events. Nat Commun, 1 (12) 3956
  • Koupilová K., Koubek T., Cornille A. , Janovský Z.. (2021) Local maladaptation of the anther-smut fungus parasitizing Dianthus carthusianorum. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 2 (160) 365-374
  • Olvera-Vazquez SG., Alhmedi A., Miñarro M., Shykoff JA., Marchadier E., Rousselet A., Remoué C., Gardet R., Degrave A., Robert P., Chen X., Porchier J., Giraud T., Vander-Mijnsbrugee K., Raffoux X., Falque M., Alins G., Didelot F., Beliën T., Dapena E., Lemarquand A., Cornille A. . (2021) Experimental test for local adaptation of the rosy apple aphid (Dysaphis plantaginea) to its host (Malus domestica) and to its climate in Europe. PCI Ecology, (Pre-registration version)
  • Olvera-Vazquez SG., Remoué C., Venon A., Rousselet A., Grandcolas O., Azrine M., Momont L., Galan M., Benoit L., David GM., Alhmedi A., Beliën T., Alins G., Franck P., Haddioui A., Jacobsen SK., Andreev R., Simon S., Sigsgaard L., Guibert E., Tournant L., Gazel F., Mody K., Khachtib Y., Roman A., Ursu TM., Zakharov IA., Belcram H., Harry M., Roth M., Simon JC., Oram S., Ricard JM., Agnello A., Beers EH., Engelman J., Balti I., Salhi-Hannachi A., Zhang H., Tu H., Mottet C., Barrès B., Degrave A., Razmjou J., Giraud T., Falque M., Dapena E., Miñarro M., Jardillier L., Deschamps P., Jousselin E., Cornille A. . (2021) Large-scale geography survey provides insights into the colonization history of a major aphid pest on its cultivated apple host in Europe, North America and North Africa. Peer Community Journal, (1)
  • İltaş Ömer., Svitok M., Cornille A. , Schmickl R., Lafon Placette C.. (2021) Early evolution of reproductive isolation: A case of weak inbreeder/strong outbreeder leads to an intraspecific hybridization barrier in Arabidopsis lyrata. Evolution, 6 (75) 1466-1476
  • Cornille A. , Tiret M., Salcedo A., Huang H., Orsucci M., Milesi P., Kryvokhyzha D., Holm K., Ge XJ., Stinchcombe JR., Glemin S., Wright SI., Lascoux M.. (2020) Phenotypic plasticity, population structure and adaptation in a young weed species with a worldwide distribution. bioRxiv,
  • Hartmann FE., Snirc A., Cornille A. , Godé C., Touzet P., Van Rossum F., Fournier E., Le Prieur S., Shykoff J., Giraud T.. (2020) Congruent population genetic structures and divergence histories in anther-smut fungi and their host plants Silene italica and the S. nutans species complex. Molecular Ecology, n/a (n/a)
  • Cornille A. , Antolín F., Garcia E., Vernesi C., Fietta A., Brinkkemper O., Kirleis W., Schlumbaum A., Roldán-Ruiz I.. (2019) A Multifaceted Overview of Apple Tree Domestication. Trends in Plant Science, 8 (24) 770 - 782
  • Hartmann FE., Rodríguez de la Vega RC., Carpentier F., Gladieux P., Cornille A. , Hood ME., Giraud T.. (2019) Understanding Adaptation, Coevolution, Host Specialization, and Mating System in Castrating Anther-Smut Fungi by Combining Population and Comparative Genomics. Annu. Rev. Phytopathol., 1 (57) annurev-phyto-082718-095947
  • Liu S., Cornille A. , Decroocq S., Tricon D., Chague A., Eyquard JP., Liu WS., Giraud T., Decroocq V.. (2019) The complex evolutionary history of apricots: species divergence, gene flow and multiple domestication events. Mol Ecol, mec.15296
  • Peace CP., Bianco L., Troggio M., van de Weg E., Howard NP., Cornille A. , Durel CE., Myles S., Migicovsky Z., Schaffer RJ., Costes E., Fazio G., Yamane H., van Nocker S., Gottschalk C., Costa F., Chagné D., Zhang X., Patocchi A., Gardiner SE., Hardner C., Kumar S., Laurens F., Bucher E., Main D., Jung S., Vanderzande S.. (2019) Apple whole genome sequences: recent advances and new prospects. Hortic Res, 1 (6) 59
  • Ruhsam M., Jessop W., Cornille A. , Renny J., Worrell R.. (2019) Crop-to-wild introgression in the European wild apple Malus sylvestris in Northern Britain. Forestry (Lond), 1 (92) 85-96
  • Volk GM., Cornille A. , Korban SS.. (2019) Genetic Diversity and Domestication History in Pyrus. Springer Link, 51-62
  • Amirchakhmaghi N., Yousefzadeh H., Hosseinpour B., Espahbodi K., Aldaghi M., Cornille A. . (2018) First insight into genetic diversity and population structure of the Caucasian wild apple (Malus orientalis-Uglitzk.) in the Hyrcanian forest (Iran) and its resistance to apple scab and powdery mildew. Genet Resour Crop Evol, 4 (65) 1255-1268
  • Besnard G., Terral JF., Cornille A. . (2018) On the origins and domestication of the olive: a review and perspectives. Annals of botany, 3 (121) 385-403
  • Feurtey A., Cornille A. , Shykoff JA., Snirc A., Giraud T.. (2017) Crop‐to‐wild gene flow and its fitness consequences for a wild fruit tree: Towards a comprehensive conservation strategy of the wild apple in Europe. Evolutionary Applications, 2 (10) 180-188
  • Petit E., Silver C., Cornille A. , Gladieux P., Rosenthal L., Bruns E., Yee S., Antonovics J., Giraud T., Hood ME.. (2017) Co-occurrence and hybridization of anther-smut pathogens specialized on Dianthus hosts. Molecular Ecology, 7 (26) 1877-1890
  • Cornille A. , Salcedo A., Kryvokhyzha D., Glémin S., Holm K., Wright SI., Lascoux M.. (2016) Genomic signature of successful colonization of Eurasia by the allopolyploid shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris). Molecular Ecology, 2 (25) 616–629
  • Decroocq S., Cornille A. , Tricon D., Babayeva S., Chague A., Eyquard JP., Karychev R., Dolgikh S., Kostritsyna T., Liu S., Liu W., Geng W., Liao K., Asma BM., Akparov Z., Giraud T., Decroocq V.. (2016) New insights into the history of domesticated and wild apricots and its contribution to Plum pox virus resistance. Molecular Ecology, 19 (25) 4712–4729
  • Feurtey A., Gladieux P., Hood ME., Snirc A., Cornille A. , Rosenthal L., Giraud T.. (2016) Strong phylogeographic co-structure between the anther-smut fungus and its white campion host. New Phytologist, 3 (212) 668-679
  • Kryvokhyzha D., Holm K., Chen J., Cornille A. , Glémin S., Wright S., Lagercrantz U., Lascoux M.. (2016) The influence of demographic history on gene expression variation in the ubiquitous weed Capsella bursa-pastoris (Brassicaceae). , 1106-21
  • Cornille A. , Feurtey A., Gélin U., Ropars J., Misvanderbrugge K., Gladieux P., Giraud T.. (2015) Anthropogenic and natural drivers of gene flow in a temperate wild fruit tree: a basis for conservation and breeding programs in apples. Evolutionary Applications, n/a-n/a
  • Leforestier D., Ravon E., Muranty H., Cornille A. , Lemaire C., Giraud T., Durel CE., Branca A.. (2015) Genomic basis of the differences between cider and dessert apple varieties. Evolutionary Applications, 7 (8) 650-661
  • Yao JL., Xu J., Cornille A. , Tomes S., Karunairetnam S., Luo Z., Bassett H., Whitworth C., Rees-George J., Ranatunga C., Snirc A., Crowhurst R., de Silva N., Kumar S., Chagne D., Bus V., Volz R., Rikkerink E., Gardiner SE., Giraud T., Newcomb R., MacDiarmid R., Gleave AP.. (2015) A microRNA allele that emerged prior to apple domestication may underlie fruit size evolution. The Plant Journal, 417-427
  • Cornille A. , Giraud T., Smulders MJM., Roldán-Ruiz I., Gladieux P.. (2014) The domestication and evolutionary ecology of apples. Trends in Genetics, 2 (30) 57-65
  • Schnitzler A., Arnold C., Cornille A. , Bachmann O., Schnitzler C.. (2014) Wild European Apple (Malus sylvestris (L.) Mill.) Population Dynamics: Insight from Genetics and Ecology in the Rhine Valley. Priorities for a Future Conservation Programme. PLoS ONE, 5 (9) e96596
  • Yuan JH., Cornille A. , Giraud T., Cheng FY., Hu YH.. (2014) Independent domestications of cultivated tree peonies from different wild peony species. Molecular Ecology, 1 (23) 82-95
  • Cornille A. , Gladieux P., Giraud T.. (2013) Crop‐to‐wild gene flow and spatial genetic structure in the closest wild relatives of the cultivated apple. Evol Appl, 5 (6) 737-748
  • Cornille A. , Giraud T., Bellard C., Tellier A., Le Cam B., Smulders MJM., Kleinschmit J., Roldan-Ruiz I., Gladieux P.. (2013) Postglacial recolonization history of the European crabapple ( Malus sylvestris Mill.), a wild contributor to the domesticated apple. Mol Ecol, 8 (22) 2249-2263
  • Cornille A. , Underhill JG., Cruaud A., Hossaert-McKey M., Johnson SD., Tolley KA., Kjellberg F., van Noort S., Proffit M.. (2012) Floral volatiles, pollinator sharing and diversification in the fig–wasp mutualism: insights from Ficus natalensis, and its two wasp pollinators (South Africa). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 1734 (279) 1731-1739
  • Cornille A. , Gladieux P., Smulders MJ., Roldan-Ruiz I., Laurens F., Le Cam B., Nersesyan A., Clavel J., Olonova M., Feugey L., Gabrielyan I., Zhang XG., Tenaillon MI., Giraud T.. (2012) New insight into the history of domesticated apple: secondary contribution of the European wild apple to the genome of cultivated varieties. PLoS genetics, 5 (8) e1002703
  • Lê Van A., Gladieux P., Lemaire C., Cornille A. , Giraud T., Durel CE., Caffier V., Le Cam B.. (2012) Evolution of pathogenicity traits in the apple scab fungal pathogen in response to the domestication of its host. Evolutionary Applications, 7 (5) 694-704