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Microbial functional diversity and nitrogen cycle

Team Leaders : LE ROUX Xavier & POMMIER Thomas

Team :

Permanent positions

CANTAREL Amelie Professor Assistant, UCB
COMBOURIEU Bruno Professor, UCB
CZARNES Sonia Professor Assistant, UCB
HAICHAR Feth el zahar Professor Assistant, UCB
LE ROUX Xavier Senior Scientist, INRA
Franck POLY Scientist, CNRS
Thomas POMMIER Scientist, INRA
GUILLAUMAUD Nadine Technician, UCB
LERONDELLE Catherine Engineer d’Etude, INRA

Non permanent positions

Lise ALONSO PhD DRAC, (2014-2017)
Féline ASSEMIEN PhD co-tutelle RCI, (2013-2016)
Clément BARDON PhD E2M2, (2011-2014)
Hafeez FARHAN Post Doc EU projet, (2014-2016)
Jonathan GERVAIX Technician – CDD, (2014-2015)
Julien GUYONNET PhD E2M2 (2013-2016)
Huong LE THI PhD ANR Project, (2015-2018)
Cyrus MALLON PhD avec Université de Groningen, NL, (2011-2014)
Marie SIMONIN PhD, Région Rhône Alpes, (2012-2015)
Armelle CROUZET Master 2R, (2014-2015)
Florian VAUTRIN Master 2P, (2014-2015)


Scientific projects (August 2012)

Axis # 1 : Genetic and physiological regulations driving the functioning of denitrifiers and nitrifiers

  • Regulation of the activity of denitrifiers by environmental conditions, and the role of small RNA (Master 2R : Desislava Jivkova) ; Supervisor : F.Z. Haichar ; coll. CEA Cadarache.
  • Characterization of the use of different carbon sources by soil denitrifiers using stable isotope probing ; Supervisors : F. Poly & F.Z. Haichar ; coll. CEMAGREF Antony.
  • Ecophysiological traits of nitrite oxidizers in disturbed and undisturbed soils ; Supervisor : Le Roux X., F. Poly & F.Z. Haichar.

Axis # 2 : Diversity-functioning-stability relationships in the bacterial world

  • Importance of taxonomic versus functional diversity for the functioning of denitrifying community ; Supervisors : F. Poly & X. Le Roux ; coll. University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Effect of richness, equitability and functional complementarity for the functioning of microbial communities and their response to disturbances ; Supervisors : T. Pommier & X. Le Roux.
  • Importance of stoichiometry rules for the functioning of bacterial communities ; Supervisors : T. Pommier & F. Poly ; coll. ISEM Montpellier, ECOSYM Montpellier.
  • Importance of soil microbial diversity for the persistence and location of inoculated bacteria in soil. Supervisors : F. Poly & X. Le Roux ; coll. LEM Eq. 3, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Can inoculation of cereal seeds by a natural strain of Azospirillum adequately influence the diversity and functioning of soil microbial communities to improve the sustainability and resilience of agriculture ? Supervisors : X. Le Roux & F. Poly ; coll. LEM Eq. 3, INRA Avignon, AgroParitech, Univ. Lyon3.
  • Relationships between microbial diversity, functioning and stability in gas biofilters. Supervisors : A. Richaume-Jolion - F. Poly & X. Le Roux ; coll. Ecoles des Mines d’Alès, VEOLIA, Canevaflor.

Axis # 3 : Effect of plant diversity on the diversity and functioning of microbial communities

  • How does plant diversity influence the functioning and diversity of soil microbial communities ? Supervisors : X. Le Roux, F. Poly, S Michalet & T. Pommier ; coll. Univ. Jena (Germany), Max Planck Inst. Jena (Germany), INRA Dijon
  • Coupled responses of plant- and soil microbial- functional groups to grassland management. Supervisors : F. Poly & T. Pommier ; coll. LECA Grenoble, Univ. of Insbruk (Austria), Univ. Lancaster (UK), INRA Caen, Univ. GMBH Neuherberg (Germany).
  • Influence of tropical tree species on soil natural substances and microbial communities in the French Guyana. Supervisors : S Michalet, F. Poly & B. Combourieu ; coll. INRA Kourou.
  • Importance of rhizospheric microbial communities for the invasive success of different Fallopia genotypes. Supervisors : F. Poly & F.Z. Haichar ; coll. LEHNA Lyon.

Axis # 4 : Impact of global change factors and stressors and their interactions on soil microbial communities

  • How do components of climate change (CO2, temperature, precipitation and N deposition) and their interactions impact soil nitrifiers and denitrifiers in grasslands ? ; Supervisors : X. Le Roux, F. Poly & T. Pommier ; coll. AgroParitech, Carnegie Inst. Stanford (USA), Arizona Univ. (USA)
  • Impact of extreme climatic events on soil microbial communities in grassland ecosystems ; Supervisor : F. Poly & X. Le Roux ; coll. INRA Clermont Ferrand, LECA Grenoble, INRA Montpellier.
  • Characterisation of resilience capacity and tipping points in coupled soil/plant systems : a case study in mountain grasslands facing climate and land use changes ; Supervisor : F. Poly & T. Pommier ; LECA Grenoble, Univ. of Insbruk, and Vienne Univ. of Res. and Life Sci. (Austria), Nor. Univ. of Sci. Tech., Trondheim (Norway), Max Planck Inst. Jena (Germany) & Cat. Univ. of Louvain (Belgium).
  • Environmental and biogeographical factors driving the distribution of terrestrial and aquatic microbial taxonomic and functional groups ; Supervisor : T. Pommier ; coll. DRI Reno (USA).
  • Soil microbial communities and associated N and C dynamics facing changes in land use in semi-natural grasslands and temporary grassland/cropping systems ; Supervisors : X. Le Roux & F. Poly ; coll. INRA Lusignan, INRA Clermont Ferrand, INRA Laon, LSCE (Saclay).
  • Precipitation regime and the coupling between water transfer, soil organic matter quality and microbial communities at the catchment scale. Supervisor : T. Pommier ; coll. Univ. Paris6.
  • Effects of nanoparticules on soil microbial communities and associated N cycling ; Supervisors : A. Richaume-Jolion ; coll. Rovaltain, LTHE Grenoble.




Scientific papers (since 2006) :



  • Bounaffaa, M., Florio, A., Le Roux, X., Jayet, P.-A., 2018. Economic and Environmental Analysis of Maize Inoculation by Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria in the French Rhône-Alpes Region. Ecological Economics 146, 334-346.

  • Leloup, J., Baude, M., Nunan, N., Meriguet, J., Dajoz, I., Le Roux, X., Raynaud, X., 2018. Unravelling the effects of plant species diversity and aboveground litter input on soil bacterial communities. Geoderma 317, 1-7.

  • Mallon, C.A., Roux, X., Doorn, G.S., Dini-Andreote, F., Poly, F., Salles, J.F., 2018. The impact of failure: unsuccessful bacterial invasions steer the soil microbial community away from the invader’s niche. The ISME Journal 1.

  • Pommier, T., Cantarel, A.A.M., Grigulis, K., Lavorel, S., Legay, N., Baxendale, C., Bardgett, R.D., Bahn, M., Poly, F., Clément, J.-C., 2018. The added value of including key microbial traits to determine nitrogen-related ecosystem services in managed grasslands. Journal of Applied Ecology 55, 49-58.

  • Srikanthasamy, T., Leloup, J., N'Dri, A.B., Barot, S., Gervaix, J., Koné, A.W., Koffi, K.F., Le Roux, X., Raynaud, X., Lata, J.-C., 2018. Contrasting effects of grasses and trees on microbial N-cycling in an African humid savanna. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 117, 153-163.

  • Sutherland, W.J., Butchart, S.H.M., Connor, B., Culshaw, C., Dicks, L.V., Dinsdale, J., Doran, H., Entwistle, A.C., Fleishman, E., Gibbons, D.W., Jiang, Z., Keim, B., Roux, X.L., Lickorish, F.A., Markillie, P., Monk, K.A., Mortimer, D., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Peck, L.S., Pretty, J., Seymour, C.L., Spalding, M.D., Tonneijck, F.H., Gleave, R.A., 2018. A 2018 Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33, 47-58.


  • Assémien, F.L., Pommier, T., Gonnety, J.T., Gervaix, J., Le Roux, X., 2017. Adaptation of soil nitrifiers to very low nitrogen level jeopardizes the efficiency of chemical fertilization in west african moist savannas. Scientific Reports 7.

  • Bardon, C., Poly, F., Haichar, F.Z., Le Roux, X., Simon, L., Meiffren, G., Comte, G., Rouifed, S., Piola, F., 2017. Biological denitrification inhibition (BDI) with procyanidins induces modification of root traits, growth and N status in Fallopia x bohemica. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 107, 41-49.

  • Barot, S., Allard, V., Cantarel, A., Enjalbert, J., Gauffreteau, A., Goldringer, I., Lata, J.-C., Le Roux, X., Niboyet, A., Porcher, E., 2017. Designing mixtures of varieties for multifunctional agriculture with the help of ecology. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 37, 13.

  • Blondel, C., Briset, L., Legay, N., Arnoldi, C., Poly, F., Clément, J.-C., Raveton, M., 2017. Assessing the dynamic changes of rhizosphere functionality of Zea mays plants grown in organochlorine contaminated soils. Journal of Hazardous Materials 331, 226-234.

  • El Moujahid, L., Le Roux, X., Michalet, S., Bellvert, F., Weigelt, A., Poly, F., 2017. Effect of plant diversity on the diversity of soil organic compounds. PLOS ONE 12, e0170494.

  • Florio, A., Pommier, T., Gervaix, J., Bérard, A., Le Roux, X., 2017. Soil C and N statuses determine the effect of maize inoculation by plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria on nitrifying and denitrifying communities. Scientific Reports 7.
  • Florio, A., 2017. Carbon and nitrogen limitation explain the contrasting responses of rhizospheric N-cycling microbial communities to maize inoculation by Azospirillum lipoferum CRT1.

  • Guyonnet, J.P., Vautrin, F., Meiffren, G., Labois, C., Cantarel, A.A.M., Michalet, S., Comte, G., Haichar, F.Z., 2017. The effects of plant nutritional strategy on soil microbial denitrification activity through rhizosphere primary metabolites. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 93.

  • Jurburg, S.D., Nunes, I., Stegen, J.C., Le Roux, X., Priemé, A., Sørensen, S.J., Salles, J.F., 2017. Autogenic succession and deterministic recovery following disturbance in soil bacterial communities. Scientific Reports 7.

  • Legay, N., Piton, G., Arnoldi, C., Bernard, L., Binet, M.-N., Mouhamadou, B., Pommier, T., Lavorel, S., Foulquier, A., Clément, J.-C., 2017. Soil legacy effects of climatic stress, management and plant functional composition on microbial communities influence the response of Lolium perenne to a new drought event. Plant and Soil 1-22.

  • López-Lozano, N.E., Pereira e Silva, M.C., Poly, F., Guillaumaud, N., Van Elsas, J.D., Salles, J.F., 2017. Denitrifying bacterial communities display different temporal fluctuation patterns across Dutch agricultural soils. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 1-13.

  • Rozier, C., Hamzaoui, J., Lemoine, D., Czarnes, S., Legendre, L., 2017. Field-based assessment of the mechanism of maize yield enhancement by Azospirillum lipoferum CRT1. Scientific reports 7, 7416.

  • Salles, J.F., Pereira e Silva, M.C., Dini-Andreote, F., Dias, A.C.F., Guillaumaud, N., Poly, F., Van Elsas, J.D., 2017. Successional patterns of key genes and processes involved in the microbial nitrogen cycle in a salt marsh chronosequence. Biogeochemistry 1-17.

  • Schwob, G., Roy, M., Manzi, S., Pommier, T., Fernandez, Mp., 2017. Green alder (Alnus viridis) encroachment shapes microbial communities in subalpine soils and impacts its bacterial or fungal symbionts differently. Environmental Microbiology n/a-n/a.

  • Simonin, M., Martins, J.M.F., Le Roux, X., Uzu, G., Calas, A., Richaume, A., 2017. Toxicity of TiO2 nanoparticles on soil nitrification at environmentally relevant concentrations: Lack of classical dose–response relationships. Nanotoxicology 1-9.

  • Weisser, W.W., Roscher, C., Meyer, S., Ebeling, A., Luo, G., Allan, E., Beßler, H., Barnard, R., Buchmann, N., Buscot, F., Engels, C., Fischer, C., Fischer, M., Gessler, A., Gleixner, G., Halle, S., Hildebrandt, A., Hillebrand, H., de Kroon, H., Lange, M., Leimer, S., Le Roux, X., Milcu, A., Mommer, L., Niklaus, P., Oelmann, Y., Proulx, R., Roy, J., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scheu, S., Tscharntke, T., Wachendorf, M., Wagg, C., Weigelt, A., Wilcke, W., Wirth, C., Schulze, E.-D., Schmid, B., Eisenhauer, N., 2017. Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning in a 15-year grassland experiment: patterns, mechanisms, and open questions. Basic and Applied Ecology, Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning: the Jena Experiment 23, 1-73.


  • Attard, E., Le Roux, X., Charrier, X., Delfosse, O., Guillaumaud, N., Lemaire, G., Recous, S., 2016. Delayed and asymmetric responses of soil C pools and N fluxes to grassland/cropland conversions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 97, 31-39.

  • Bardon, C., Poly, F., Piola, F., Pancton, M., Comte, G., Meiffren, G., Haichar, F.Z., 2016. Mechanism of biological denitrification inhibition (BDI): procyanidins induce an allosteric transition of the membrane-bound NO3-reductase through membrane alteration. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92, fiw034.
  • Cantarel, A.A.M., Andrieu, B., Allard, V., Enjalbert, J., Gervaix, J., Saint Jean, S., Pommier, T., Pope, C., Le Roux, X., 2016. Effects of agricultural wheat selection on plant trait variability and trait syndromes, dans: .
  • Carro, L., Pujic, P., Alloisio, N., Fournier, P., Boubakri, H., Poly, F., Rey, M., Heddi, A., Normand, P., 2016. Physiological effects of major up-regulated Alnus glutinosa peptides on Frankia sp. ACN14a. Microbiology 162, 1173–1184.

  • Dangles, O., Loirat, J., Freour, C., Serre, S., Vacher, J., Le Roux, X., 2016. Research on Biodiversity and Climate Change at a Distance: Collaboration Networks between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. PLOS ONE 11, e0157441.

  • Florio, A., Maienza, A., Dell’Abate, M.T., Stazi, S.R., Benedetti, A., 2016. Changes in the activity and abundance of the soil microbial community in response to the nitrification inhibitor 3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP). Journal of Soils and Sediments 1-11.
  • Florio, A., Pommier, T., Gervaix, J., Le Roux, X., 2016. Can we manage plant-microbes interactions belowground to increase the sustainability of cropping systems? The case of maize seed inoculation with the beneficial Azospirillum lipoferum CRT1 and its effects on the N-cycling rhizospheric microbial communities, dans: . Présenté à EcoSummit 2016 Ecological Sustainability.

  • Gignoux, J., Konaté, S., Lahoreau, G., Le Roux, X., Simioni, G., 2016. Allocation strategies of savanna and forest tree seedlings in response to fire and shading: outcomes of a field experiment. Scientific Reports 6, 38838.

  • Haichar, F.Z., Heulin, T., Guyonnet, J.P., Achouak, W., 2016. Stable isotope probing of carbon flow in the plant holobiont. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Analytical Biotechnology 41, 9-13.
  • Hugoni, M., Cantarel, A.A.M., Allard, V., Enjalbert, J., Gervaix, J., Saint Jean, S., Pommier, T., Le Roux, X., 2016. Increasing wheat variety diversity within cropped fields can channel soil N dynamics in a favourable status for the sustainability of cropping systems, dans: .

  • Le, H.T., Ho Tu, C., Trinh, Q.H., Trinh, D.A., Luu, M.T.N., Tran, H.S., Orange, D., Janeau, J.-L., Merroune, A., Rochelle-Newall, E.J., Pommier, T., 2016. Responses of aquatic bacteria to terrestrial runoff: effects on community structure and key taxonomic groups. Aquatic Microbiology 7, 889.

  • Legay, N., Lavorel, S., Baxendale, C., Krainer, U., Bahn, M., Binet, M.-N., Cantarel, A.A.M., Colace, M.-P., Foulquier, A., Kastl, E.-M., Grigulis, K., Mouhamadou, B., Poly, F., Pommier, T., Schloter, M., Clément, J.-C., Bardgett, R.D., 2016. Influence of plant traits, soil microbial properties, and abiotic parameters on nitrogen turnover of grassland ecosystems. Ecosphere 7, n/a-n/a.

  • Ma, W., Jiang, S., Assemien, F., Qin, M., Ma, B., Xie, Z., Liu, Y., Feng, H., Du, G., Ma, X., Le Roux, X., 2016. Response of microbial functional groups involved in soil N cycle to N, P and NP fertilization in Tibetan alpine meadows. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 101, 195-206.

  • Niklaus, P.A., Le Roux, X., Poly, F., Buchmann, N., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Weigelt, A., Barnard, R.L., 2016. Plant species diversity affects soil–atmosphere fluxes of methane and nitrous oxide. Oecologia 1-12.

  • Richaume, A., 2016. Écotoxicité et écodynamique des nanoparticules d’oxydes métalliques dans les sols.

  • Rozier, C., Erban, A., Hamzaoui, J., Prigent-Combaret, C., Comte, G., Kopka, J., Czarnes, S., Legendre, L., 2016. Xylem Sap Metabolite Profile Changes During Phytostimulation of Maize by the Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacterium, Azospirillum lipoferum CRT1. Metabolomics (Los Angel) 6, 2153–0769.

  • Simonin, M., Martins, J.M.F., Uzu, G., Vince, E., Richaume, A., 2016. Combined Study of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticle Transport and Toxicity on Microbial Nitrifying Communities under Single and Repeated Exposures in Soil Columns. Environmental Science & Technology 50, 10693-10699.

  • Simonin, M., Richaume, A., Guyonnet, J.P., Dubost, A., Martins, J.M.F., Pommier, T., 2016. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles strongly impact soil microbial function by affecting archaeal nitrifiers. Scientific Reports 6, 33643.


  • Bardon, C., Piola, F., Haichar, F.Z., Meiffren, G., Comte, G., Misery, B., Balby, M., Poly, F., 2015. Identification of B-type procyanidins in <i>Fallopia</i> spp. involved in biological denitrification inhibition (BDI): B-type procyanidins from Fallopia involved in BDI. Environmental Microbiology.
  • Bardon, C., Poly, F., Piola, F., Haichar, F.Z., Comte, G., 2015. Utilisation de proanthocyanidines pour lutter contre la dénitrification. 1552258.

  • Barot, S., Abbadie, L., Couvet, D., Hobbs, R.J., Lavorel, S., Mace, G.M., Le Roux, X., 2015. Evolving away from the linear model of research: a response to Courchamp et al. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

  • Bérard, A., Ruy, S., Coronel, A., Toussaint, B., Czarnes, S., Legendre, L., Doussan, C., 2015. Rhizosphere: a leverage for tolerance to water deficits of soil microflora ?, dans: . Présenté à EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, p. 9481.

  • Bertrand, J.-C., Bonin, P., Caumette, P., Gattuso, J.-P., Grégori, G., Guyoneaud, R., Le Roux, X., Matheron, R., Poly, F., 2015. Biogeochemical Cycles, dans: Bertrand, J.-C., Caumette, P., Lebaron, P., Matheron, R., Normand, P., Sime-Ngando, T. (Éd.), Environmental Microbiology: Fundamentals And Applications. Springer Netherlands, p. 511-617.

  • Cabrol, L., Poly, F., Malhautier, L.C., Pommier, T., Lerondelle, C., Verstraete, W., Lepeuple, A.-S., Fanlo, J.-l., Le Roux, X., 2015. Management of microbial communities through transient disturbances enhances the functional resilience of nitrifying gas-biofilters to future disturbances. Environmental Science & Technology.

  • Cantarel, A.A.M., Pommier, T., Desclos-Theveniau, M., Diquélou, S., Dumont, M., Grassein, F., Kastl, E.-M., Grigulis, K., Laîné, P., Lavorel, S., Lemauviel-Lavenant, S., Personeni, E., Schloter, M., Poly, F., 2015. Using plant traits to explain plant-microbe relationships involved in nitrogen acquisition. Ecology 96, 788-799.

  • Carro-Garcia, L., Pujic, P., Alloisio, N., Fournier, P., Boubakri, H., Hay, A.E., Poly, F., François, P., Hocher, V., Mergaert, P., Balmand, S., Rey, M., Heddi, A., Normand, P., 2015. Alnus peptides modify membrane porosity and induce the release of nitrogen-rich metabolites from nitrogen-fixing Frankia. The ISME Journal 9, 1723–1733.

  • Crouzet, O., Poly, F., Bonnemoy, F., Bru, D., Batisson, I., Bohatier, J., Philippot, L., Mallet, C., 2015. Functional and structural responses of soil N-cycling microbial communities to the herbicide mesotrione: a dose-effect microcosm approach. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 1-11.

  • Doussan, C., Cousin, I., Berard, A., Chabbi, A., Legendre, L., Czarnes, S., Toussaint, B., Ruy, S., 2015. Crop systems and plant roots can modify the soil water holding capacity, dans: . Présenté à EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, p. 9285.

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Books (since 2006)


Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. (Eds) 2006. Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem. Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 415 pp., (ISBN : 0-387-94844-9).

Le Roux X., Barbault R., Baudry J., Burel F., Doussan I., Garnier E., Herzog F., Lavorel S., Lifran R., Roger-Estrade J., Sarthou J.P. & Trometter M. (Eds) 2008. Agriculture et biodiversité : valoriser les synergies. Quae 184 pp.

Book chapters (since 2006)


Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Lepage M. & Le Roux X. 2006. Chapter 4 : Environnemental constraints on living organisms. In : "Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem." (Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. Eds), Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 45-61.

Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Abbadie L. 2006. Chapter 21 : Perspectives : from the Lamto experience to critical issues for savanna ecology research. In : "Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem." (Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. Eds), Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 392-407.

Le Roux X. 2006. Chapter 3 : Climate. In : "Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem." (Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. Eds), Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 25-44.

Le Roux X. & Monteny B. 2006. Chapter 6 : Soil-plant-atmosphere exchanges. In : "Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem." (Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. Eds), Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 77-113.

Le Roux X., Gignoux J. & Simioni G. 2006. Chapter 9 : Modelling the relationships between vegetation structure and functioning, and modeling savanna functioning from plot to region. In : "Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem." (Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. Eds), Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 163-183.

Le Roux X., Abbadie L., Fritz H. & Leriche H. 2006. Chapter 10 : Modification of the savanna functioning by herbivores. In : "Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem." (Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. Eds), Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 185-198.

Le Roux X., Abbadie L. & Gignoux J. 2006. Chapter 20 : A synthetic overview of Lamto savanna ecology : importance of structure-functioning-dynamics relationships. In : "Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem." (Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. Eds), Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 382-392.

Mordelet P. & Le Roux X. 2006. Chapter 8 : Tree/grass interactions. In : "Lamto : structure, functioning, and dynamics of a savanna ecosystem." (Abbadie L., Gignoux J., Le Roux X. & Lepage M. Eds), Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies, 179, New York, 139-161.

Le Roux X. 2009. Agriculture et biodiversité : quels grands enjeux pour demain ? in : Humanité et biodiversité : manifeste pour une nouvelle alliance. Descartes & Cie. 177-182.

Le Roux X. 2010. Le sol : un gigantesque réservoir de biodiversité. In : Aux origines de l’environnement. (Gouyon P.H. & Leriche H. Eds), Fayard, Paris, 130-143.

Bertrand J.C., Bonin P., Caumette P., Gattuso J.P., Grégori G., Guyoneaud R., Le Roux X., Matteron R. & Poly F. 2011. Les cycles biogéochimiques. In : "Ecologie microbienne : Microbiologie des milieux naturels et anthropisés." (Bertrand J.C., Caumette, Lebaron P., Matheron R. & Normand P. Eds), PUP, Pau, 545-657.

Le Roux X., Recous S. & Attard E. 2011. Soil microbial diversity in grasslands, and its importance for grassland functioning and : Lemaire G. & Chabbi A. (Eds). Grassland Productivity and Ecosystem Services. CABI International, 158-165.

Normand P, Duran R, Le Roux X. Morris CE. & Poggiale J.C. 2011. Biodiversité et fonctionnement des écosystèmes microbiens. In : "Ecologie microbienne : Microbiologie des milieux naturels et anthropisés." (Bertrand J.C., Caumette P., Lebaron P., Matheron R., & Normand P. Eds), PUP, Pau pp. 263-296.

Larigauderie A., Le Roux X., Gauthier C.A., Leadley P.W. 2012. Vers une gouvernance internationale liant science et société. In : Prevost-Juillard A. Ed, Fayard (in press)


National or international reports and popular articles :


National and international report since (2006) :


Silvain J.F., Le Roux X., Babin D., Barbault R., Bertin P., Bodo B., Boude J.P., Boudry P., Bourgoin T., Boyen C., Cormier-Salem M.C., Courchamp F., Couvet D., David B., Delay B., Doussan I., Jaskulke E., Lavorel S., Leadley P., Lefèvre F., Leriche H., Letourneux F., Los W., Mesleard F., Morand S., Schmidt-Lainé C., Siclet F. & Verrier E. 2009. Prospective pour la recherche française sur la biodiversité, FRB, 96 pp.

Chaveriat C., Ghitalla F., Pelegrin F., Fadil F. & Le Roux X. 2011. La base de données nationale des acteurs, structures et projets de recherche sur la biodiversité : présentation et analyse du paysage de la recherche. In : Expertise et synthèse FRB, 36 pp.

Mattei S., Henkel L., Gauthier C.A. & Le Roux X. 2011. Biodiversity within the ’Environment’ theme of the 7th framework programme (2007-2010) : funding amounts, success rates, temporal trends & comparison between countries. In : Expertise and synthesis, FRB, 32 pp.


Popular articles (since 2006) :


Lemanceau P., Le Roux X. & Martin F. 2006. L’écologie microbienne des sols : un domaine scientifique en plein développement pour une meilleure gestion de notre environnement. Biofutur 268 : 22-23.

Le Roux X., Philippot L., Degrange V., Poly F. & Wertz S. 2006. Relations entre biodiversité et fonctionnement chez les communautés microbiennes. Biofutur 268 : 50-53.

Le Roux X. 2009. Les liens entre agriculture et biodiversité auscultés par la communauté scientifique. Revue des oenologues, 132 : 1-2.

Le Roux X. 2009. Agriculture et biodiversité. Revue du club parlementaire sur l’avenir de la recherche agronomique. AGORA, avril 2009 : 1-4.

Le Roux X. 2010. Agriculture en quête de nature. Campagnes et Environnement 11 : 16-18.

Le Roux X. & Gauthier C.A. 2011. Gouvernance mondiale de la biodiversité : naissance de l’IPBES. In : Entreprises, relevez le défi de la biodiversité (Pays L. & Frémaux P. Ed) Victoires éditions, 132-135.


Movies and other medias (since 2006) :


Movies :

2008 : Film INRA “agriculture-biodiversité” (participation de X Le Roux)

2010 : Film “La biodiversité, c’est aussi près de chez vous” - C. Production Chromatiques / CAP CANAL (participation de X Le Roux) :

2009 : Film de la présentation des résultats de l’expertise scientifique collective “Agriculture & biodiversité” par X. Le Roux devant le Pôle “Activités rurales, agricultures et territoires en Rhône-Alpes’ :

2012 : Film “Dessine-moi un paysage bio”, Ministère de l’Agriculture & Bergerie nationale (participation de X Le Roux) :


Others :

Le Roux X. 2008. Interview sur le thème ‘Agriculture et biodiversité’ par la radio RFI

Le Roux X. 2008. Interview sur le thème ‘Agriculture et biodiversité’ dans le journal Le Monde.

Le Roux X. 2010. Interview sur la biodiversité dans le journal Libération.