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BOISSOT Nathalie



Research Topic

Understanding the role of old and recent selective pressures in the emergence of aphid clones able to overcome the plant resistance is the long-term goal of my research program. This will offer knowledge to build strategies for using resistances to aphids and viruses they transmit that ensure the sustainability of the resistance effects. We focus on Aphis gossypii/Cucumis melo interaction because it contains all the essential characteristics to conduct this research program  i/ A. gossypii is a polyphaqous aphid species containing clones specializing on Cucurbit plants, these clones gather in specific genetic clusters, ii/ Cucumis melo species contains several resistance genes to A. gossypii. Moreover one of these genes, Vat, is unique because it also confers resistance to viruses when A. gossypii clones inoculate the Vat plants with viruses. I organize my work around three questions:


1. How is controlled resistance to aphids and viruses they transmit in melon, and what are the evolutionary forces acting on the different loci?

2. What are the similarities/dissimilarities between adaptation to heritable plant resistance and adaptation to Cucurbits in A. gossypii species?

3. How to build sustainable systems to control aphids and viruses they transmit using genetic resistance as a pillar of these systems?




I have been affiliated to INRA since 1991, working on plant resistance to chewing insects and piercing-sucking insects and the viruses they transmit.

2002 - INRA        UR-GAFL , Avignon

1996 - 2002         INRA  UR-PV,  Guadeloupe, French West Indies,

1991 - 1996         INRA Avignon  and  CIRAD- La Réunion Island


1990 : Post Doc, IRRI, Los Banos, Philippines.



1989 : PhD  Paris XI University, Orsay, France

1986 : Master Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France 


Selection of research articles

Schoeny A., Desbiez C., Millot P., Wipf-Scheibel C., Nozeran K., Gognalons P., Lecoq H., Boissot N. (2017) Impact of Vat resistance in melon on viral epidemics and genetic structure of virus populations. Virus Research, Available online 3 June 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.virusres.2017.05.024.

Boissot N., Schoeny A., Vanleberghe-Masutti F. (2016) Vat, an amazing gene conferring resistance to aphids and viruses they carry: from molecular structure to field effects. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:1420.

Thomas S., Vanlerberghe-Masutti F., Mistral P., Loiseau A., Boissot N. (2016) Insight into the durability of aphid resistance from the demo-genetic study of Aphis gossypii populations in melon crops. Evolutionary Applications. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12382.

Boissot N., Thomas S., Chovelon V., Lecoq H. (2016) NBS-LRR-mediated resistance triggered by aphids: viruses do not adapt; aphids adapt via different mechanisms. BMC Plant Biology. DOI: 10.1186/s12870-016-0708-5.

Thomas S., Boissot N., Vanlerberghe-Masutti F. (2012a) What do spring migrants reveal about sex and host selection in the melon aphid? BMC Evolutionary Biology. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-47.

Thomas S., Dogimont C., Boissot N. (2012b) Association between Aphis gossypii genotype and phenotype on melon accessions. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. DOI : 10.1007/s11829-011-9155-2

Boissot N., Thomas S., Sauvion N., Marchal C., Pavis C., Dogimont C. (2010) Mapping and validation of QTLs for resistance to aphids and whiteflies in melon. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-010-1287-8.

Sauvion N., Mauriello V., Renard B., Boissot N. (2005) Impact of melon accessions resistant to aphids on the demographic potential of silverleaf whitefly. Journal of Economic Entomology 98:557-67.

Boissot N., Urbino C., Dintinger J., Pavis C. (2008) Vector and graft inoculations of Potato yellow mosaic virus reveal recessive resistance in Solanum pimpinellifolium. Annals of Applied Biology 152:263-269. DOI: DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7348.2007.00213.x.

Boissot N., Schoeny A., Millot P., Wipf-Scheibel C., Nozeran K., Lecoq H., Fabre F. (2015) Gérer les épidémies virales en combinant résistances aux virus et résistances aux pucerons : quel intérêt ? Innovations Agronomiques 46:127-135.

Selection of Reviews and book sections

Dogimont C., Boissot N. (2016) Insect resistance in melon and its modification by molecular breeding, in: H. Ezura, et al. (Eds.), Functional Genomics and Biotechnology in Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae Crops, Springer. pp. 199-219.

Sauge M.H., Boissot N., Saguez J., Giordanengo P. (2013) Stratégies d'optimisation des défenses naturelles des plantes, in: N. Sauvion, et al. (Eds.), Interactions insectes-plantes, IRD & Quae, Marseille, Versailles, France. pp. 663-674.

Dogimont C., Bendahmane A., Chovelon V., Boissot N. (2010) Host plant resistance to aphids in cultivated crops : genetic and molecular bases, and interactions with aphid populations. CR Biol 333:566-573.




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