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Last update: May 2021

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Professor in agronomy at l'Institut Agro / SAS

Phone: (+33) 2 23 48 54 74 

Address: L'Institut Agro, UMR SAS, 65 rue de St-Brieuc, CS 84215, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France

Fields of expertise: Functional ecology, rhizosphere, resilience, geochemistry

Keywords: Agronomy, functional ecology, rhizosphere, crop diversification, functional traits



Current research topics

The main topic of my research is the design of biodiversity-based cropping systems. I am interested in understanding the feedbacks loops between crop diversity and soil functioning. Climate change is projected to show increasing frequency and intensity of ecosystem disturbances. Such events could affect crop yield directly or indirectly through complex interaction with soil processes. Meanwhile, a growing body of literature is pointing out the benefits of crop diversification to face climate change. Ecological theories can be mobilized to explain such complex interactions. Depending on functional plant traits, plant species could alter differently abiotic and biotic soil conditions that in turn affect growth of other conspecific and heterospecific individuals in that soil after disappearance of causal plants. These complex interactions were conceptualized in the Plant Soil Feedbacks. In agriculture, plant-soil feedbacks are exploited in the form of crop rotation.

Accordingly, my research topics are:

  • evaluation of crop diversity on soil functionning based on rhizopshere effects
  • effects of crop diversity on soil microbial resistance on soil respiration and nitrification
  • agroforestry as an example of biodiversity based system.
Current projects
  • Multicriteria analysis of agroforestry systems (2021-2024)
  • Designing biodiversity cropping systems: explicit reference to long term issues (2020-2023)
  • Rhizosphere functionning and plant performances (2019-2022)
  • Plant Soil Feedback in biodiversity based agrosystems (2019-2021)
  • UMR IGEPP: A. Laperche, C. Mougel
  • UMR IRMAR: M. Emily
  • UC DAVIS: A. Gaudin
  • Sichuan Agricultural University: X. Tang
  • University of Pamplona, Spain: I. Virto

Teaching experience

  • Since 2017: professor in agronomy, ~200 hours per year at AGROCAMPUS OUEST, college of Institut Agro
  • 2005 -2017: assistant professor in soil geochemistry and functional ecology at Montpellier Supagro, college of Institut Agro

Collective Services

  • Since 2021: Head of the plant science departement
  • Since 2021: Elected president of the European Society of Agronomy


Barthes BG, Kouakoua E, Coll P, Clairotte M, Moulin P, Saby NPA, Le Cadre E, Etayo A, Chevallier T (2020) Improvement in spectral library-based quantification of soil properties using representative spiking and local calibration - The case of soil inorganic carbon prediction by mid-infrared spectroscopy. Geoderma 369.

de Oliveira AB, Cantarel AAM, Seiller M, Florio A, Berard A, Hinsinger P, Le Cadre E (2020) Short-term plant legacy alters the resistance and resilience of soil microbial communities exposed to heat disturbance in a Mediterranean calcareous soil. Ecological Indicators 108.

Le Cadre E, Kinkondi M, Koutika LS, Epron D, Mareschal L (2018) Anionic exchange membranes, a promising tool to measure distribution of soil nutrients in tropical multispecific plantations. Ecological Indicators 94:254-256.

Salome C, Coll P, Lardo E, Metay A, Villenave C, Marsden C, Blanchart E, Hinsinger P, Le Cadre E (2016) The soil quality concept as a framework to assess management practices in vulnerable agroecosystems: A case study in Mediterranean vineyards. Ecological Indicators 61:456-465.

Lardo E, Coll P, Le Cadre E, Palese AM, Villenave C, Xiloyannis C, Celano G (2012) Electromagnetic induction (EMI) measurements as a proxy of earthworm presence in Southern French vineyards. Appl Soil Ecol 61:76-84.

Trouillefou CM, Le Cadre E, Cacciaguerra T, Cunin F, Plassard C, Belamie E (2015) Protected activity of a phytase immobilized in mesoporous silica with benefits to plant phosphorus nutrition. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol 74 (1):55-65.

Salome C, Coll P, Lardo E, Villenave C, Blanchart E, Hinsinger P, Marsden C, Le Cadre E (2014) Relevance of use-invariant soil properties to assess soil quality of vulnerable ecosystems: The case of Mediterranean vineyards. Ecological Indicators 43:83-93.

Coll P, Le Cadre E, Blanchart E, Hinsinger P, Villenave C (2011) Organic viticulture and soil quality: A long-term study in Southern France. Appl Soil Ecol 50:37-44.

Devau N, Hinsinger P, Le Cadre E, Gerard F (2011) Root-induced processes controlling phosphate availability in soils with contrasted P-fertilized treatments. Plant and Soil 348 (1-2):203-218.

Hinsinger P, Brauman A, Devau N, Gerard F, Jourdan C, Laclau JP, Le Cadre E, Jaillard B, Plassard C (2011) Acquisition of phosphorus and other poorly mobile nutrients by roots. Where do plant nutrition models fail? Plant and Soil 348 (1-2):29-61.

See also

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