Corinne Vacher (Research Director at INRAE)

I am a researcher in Ecology interested in the role of biotic interactions in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. I have a background in modelling and data analysis, but I enjoy field work and have developped skills in environmental genomics to discover and analyze plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions. I mainly study the microbiome of temperate forests and vineyards (the two predominant terrestrial ecosystems in the Bordeaux area). I also have a few projects on tropical forests (in French Guiana). The fields of application of my research are disease biocontrol and biomonitoring of ecosystem health.

I am the co-leader of the BIODIV team (Diversity of biotic interactions and functioning of forest ecosystems) within the BIOGECO research unit (INRAE, University of Bordeaux). I run the Phyllolab (Phyllosphere Ecology Lab). I obtained my PhD in Evolutionary Biology in 2004 (University of Montpellier, France) and my accreditation to supervise research in Ecology (HDR) in 2014 (University of Bordeaux, France). Do not hesitate to contact me if you want to do an internship, a PhD thesis or start a collaboration (corinne.vacher[a]

My keywords: Biodiversity; Community Ecology; Microbial Ecology; Microbiome; Microbiota; Phytobiome; Pathobiome; Species Interactions; Microbial Networks; Biocontrol; Biomonitoring; Health; Metabarcoding; Next-Generation Sequencing; Plants; Fungi; Bacteria

Web pages and social media: ORCID, Google Scholar Citations, ResearchGate, Twitter, LinkedIN

Positions available

I am currently on maternity leave and will return to the laboratory in September 2021. Two positions in collaboration with the SAVE research unit will be open in the fall of 2021:

  • PhD thesis position (3 years): Towards pesticide-free viticulture: analysis of vine and soil microbiome to develop microbial biocontrol of powdery and downy mildew. The PhD thesis will be co-supervised by Patrice This (Agap). Applications should be sent to the Sciences & Environments Doctoral School of the University of Bordeaux.
  • Post-doctoral researcher position (1 year): Development of microbial bioindicators of vineyard health and resilience. In collaboration with Moët Hennessy.

Former members

Marine Cambon (Post-doctoral researcher, 2019-2020): Next-generation biomonitoring of drought stress in forest ecosystems. Cosupervised with Sylvain Delzon (Biogeco)

Marine Trillat (Engineer, 2019-2020): Development of metabarcoding protocols for various environmental samples (plant, insect, water). In collaboration with the PGTB sequencing facility

Charlie Pauvert (PhD student, 2016-2019): Comparison and evaluation of bioinformatics and statistical approaches for the analysis of the pathobiome of crops plants. Co-supervised with Jessica Vallance (SAVE)

Tania Fort (PhD student, 2016-2019): Functions, transmission and emission of the canopy microbiota. In collaboration with Lisa Wingate (ISPA) and Amy Zanne (George Washington University)

Yves Ritter (Student technician, 2019): Development of next-generation biomonitoring protocols.

Julie Faivre d’ Arcier (Assistant Engineer, 2018-2019): Development of metabarcoding protocols. In collaboration with the PGTB sequencing facility

Andreas Makiola (Post-doctoral researcher, 2018-2019): Machine-learning of microbial networks from NGS data. In collaboration with Dave Bohan (Agroécologie)

Lucile Muneret (Post-doctoral researcher, 2018-2019): Construction of trophic networks from NGS data to predict natural pest control services in vineyards. In collaboration with Adrien Rusch (SAVE)

Tiphaine Alemany (Master I student, 2018): Influence of tree species diversity on foliar fungal communities.

Célia Duluc (Master II student, 2018): Dynamics of microbial diversity and microbial networks in the phyllosphere, caulosphere and rhizosphere of oilseed rape. Co-supervised with Christophe Mougel (IGEPP)

Dïnia Cartry (Master II student, 2018): Relationships between tree microbiota and tree functional traits in a tropical forest. Co-supervised with Heidy Schimann (EcoFog)

Amandyne Linares-Maurizi (Master I student, 2018) : Within-canopy variations in leaf morphology in a beech forest. Co-supervised with R. Burlett and T. Fort (Biogeco).

Thomas Fort (PhD student, 2013-2016) : Influence of landscape structure on the foliar fungal communities of grapevine. Co-supervised with C. Robin (Biogeco).

Boris Jakuschkin (PhD student, 2011-2015) : Genetic architecture of phyllosphere microbial communities of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur). Co-supervised with C. Robin and  V. Fievet (Biogeco).

Elodie Camy (Master II student, 2015): Relationship between the diversity of phyllosphere microbial communities and plant resistance to drought. Co-supervised with A.J. Porté (Biogeco).

Jean-Benoist Leger (PhD student, 2010-2014) : Modelling the topology of ecological networks with statistical models for heterogeneous random graphs. Co-supervised with J-J. Daudin (UMR518 MIA, AgroParisTech).

Quentin Baillavoine (Master II student, 2014): Effects of tree phylogeny and introduction status on phyllosphere fungal communities. Co-supervised with B. Castagneyrol (Biogeco)

Tristan Cordier (PhD student, 2008-2012) : Influence of climate on the diversity and composition of phyllosphere fungal communities of European beech (Fagus sylvatica). Co-supervised with M.L. Desprez-Loustau and C. Robin.

Isabelle Pivotto (Master I student, 2009): Assessment of phylogenetic signals in bipartite ecological networks.

Lucie Lusignan (Master II student, 2009): Modelling fungal and oomycete assemblages at the global scale to assess risk of invasion. Co-supervised with M. Gevrey (UMR EDB, Toulouse).

Emmanuelle Helion (Master II student, 2006)Modelling the richness of parasitic fungal species in the French forests. Co-supervised with M-L. Desprez-Loustau (Biogeco)