François VASSEUR


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I am interested in the diversity of adaptive strategies in plants. My work mainly focuses on the ecological causes of the maintenance of phenotypic variability at the intraspecific level.

Taking advantage on the one hand of high-throughput phenotyping facilities, and on the other hand of the extensive genetic resources available in model and crop species, I aim at:

- caracterizing the functional trade-offs that shape evolutionary adaptation (economy of resources, growth-defense, allometry) both between and within species

- evaluating the genetic bases of these trade-offs (QTL, GWAS) and their evolution (molecular signatures of selection, genomic, population genetics)

- examining how growth, survival and reproductionvary along these trade-offs depending on the environmental conditions



Hanemian, M., Vasseur, F., Marchadier, E., Gilbault, E., Bresson, J., Gy, I., ... & Loudet, O. (2020). Natural variation at FLM splicing has pleiotropic effects modulating ecological strategies in Arabidopsis thalianaNature communications11(1), 1-12.

Bergès S., Vasseur F., Bediée A., Rolland G., Masclef D., Dauzat M., van Munster M. and Vile, D. (2020). Natural variation of Arabidopsis thaliana responses to Cauliflower mosaic virus infection upon water deficit. PLoS pathogens16(5), e1008557.

Mahaut L., Cheptou PO., Fried G., Munoz F., Storkey J., Vasseur F., Violle C., and Bretagnolle F.. (2020). Weeds, against the rules? Trends in Plants Science (sous presse).

Kazakou E., Vasseur F., Sartori K., Baron E., Rowe N., Vile D. (2019). Secondary metabolites have more influence than morpho-physiological traits on litter decomposability across genotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist, 224(4), 1532-1543.

Exposito-Alonso M., Rodríguez RG., Barragán C., Capovilla G., Chae E., Devos J., Dogan ES., Friedemann C., Gross C., Lang P., Lundberg D., Middendorf V., Kageyama J., Karasov T., Kersten S., Petersen S., Rabbani L., Regalado J., Reinelt L., Rowan B., Seymour DK., Symeonidi E., Schwab R., Tran DTN., Venkataramani K., Van de Weyer AL., Vasseur F., Wang G., Wedegärtner R., Weiss F., Wu R., Xi W., Zaidem M., Zhu W., García-Arenal F., Burbano HA., Bossdorf O., Nielsen R., Weigel D. (2019). Natural selection on the Arabidopsis thaliana genome in present and future climates. Nature, 573, 126–129.

Vasseur F., Fouqueau L., De Vienne D., Nidelet T., Violle C., Weigel D. (2019). Non-linear phenotypic variation uncovers the emergence of heterosis in Arabidopsis thalianaPLoS Biology, 17(4), e3000214

Sartori K.F., Vasseur F., Violle C., Baron E., Gerard M., Rowe N., Ayala-Garay O., Christophe A., De Jalon L.G., Masclef D., Harscouet E. (2019). Leaf economics and slow-fast adaptation across the geographic range of Arabidopsis thaliana. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 10758.

Vasseur F., Sartori K., Baron E., Fort F., Kazakou E., Segrestin J., Garnier E., Vile D., Violle C. (2018) Climate as a driver of adaptive variations in ecological strategies in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annals of Botany, 122(6), 935-45.

Vasseur F., Wang G., Bresson J., Schwab R., Weigel D. (2018) Image-based methods for phenotyping growth dynamics and fitness in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Methods, 14(1), 63.

Vasseur F., Exposito-Alonso M., Ayala-Garay O., Wang, G., Enquist B.J., Vile D., Violle C., Weigel, D. (2018) Adaptive diversification of growth allometry in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 115 (13), 3416-3421.

Exposito-Alonso M., Vasseur F., Ding W., Wang G., Burbano H.A., Weigel D. (2018). Genomic basis and evolutionary potential for extreme drought adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature ecology & evolution2(2), 352.

Seymour D.K., Chae E., Grimm D.G., Pizarro C.M., Haring-Muller A., Vasseur F., Rakitsch B., Borgwardt K.M., Koenig D., Weigel D. (2016). The genetic architecture of non-additive inheritance in Arabidopsis thaliana hybrids. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 113(46), E7317–E7326.

Blonder B., Vasseur F., Violle, C., Shipley B., Enquist B.J., Vile D. (2015). Testing models for the leaf economics spectrum with leaf and whole-plant traits in Arabidopsis thaliana. AoB Plants, plv049.

Bresson J., Vasseur F.* Dauzat M., Koch G., Granier C., Vile D. (2015). Quantifying spatial heterogeneity of chlorophyll fluorescence during plant growth and in response to water stress. Plant Methods, 11(1), 23.

Bresson J., Vasseur F., Dauzat M., Labadie M., Varoquaux F., Touraine B., Vile D. (2014). Interact to survive: Phyllobacterium brassicacearum improves Arabidopsis tolerance to severe water deficit and growth recovery. Plos One, e107607.

Vasseur F., Bontpart T., Dauzat M., Granier C., Vile D. (2014). Multivariate genetic analysis of plant responses to water deficit and high temperature revealed contrasting adaptive strategies. Journal of Experimental Botany, 65(22), 6457-6469.

Lièvre M., Wuyts N., Cookson S. J., Bresson J., Dapp M., Vasseur F., Massonet C., Tisné S., Bettembourg M., Balsera C., Bédié A., Bouvery F., Dauzat M., Rolland G., Vile D., Granier, C. (2013). Phenotyping the kinematics of leaf development in flowering plants: recommendations and pitfalls. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Developmental Biology, 2(6), 809-821.

Vasseur F., Violle C., Enquist B.J., Granier C., Vile D. (2012). A common genetic basis to the origin of the leaf economics spectrum and metabolic scaling allometry. Ecology Letters, 15(10), 1149-1157.

Randoux M., Jeauffre J., Thouroude T., Vasseur F., Hamama L., Juchaux M., Sakr S., Foucher F. (2012). Gibberellins regulate the transcription of the continuous flowering regulator, RoKSN, a rose TFL1 homologue. Journal of Experimental Botany, 63(18), 6543-6554.

Vile D., Pervent M., Belluau M., Vasseur F., Bresson J., Muller B., Granier C., Simonneau T. (2012). Arabidopsis growth under prolonged high temperature and water deficit: independent or interactive effects? Plant Cell and Environment, 35(4), 702-718.

Vasseur F., Pantin F., Vile D. (2011). Changes in light intensity reveal a major role for carbon balance in Arabidopsis responses to high temperature. Plant Cell and Environment, 34(9), 1563-1576.

Cyrille VIOLLE

altDirecteur de recherche CNRS

Campus du CNRS
1919, route de Mende
34293 Montpellier 5

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A l’interface entre écologie fonctionnelle et écologie des communautés, je cherche à comprendre les causes de variation de la biodiversité, aussi bien à l’échelle locale que continentale, et l’effet de changements de la biodiversité sur la dynamique et le fonctionnement des écosystèmes.

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