L’équipe « IDEA »

Team members

Responsible : Didier Aurelle

Researchers, teachers

Didier Aurelle (MCF)
Alex Baumel(MCF)
Anne Chenuil-Maurel(CR1 CNRS)
Jean-Pierre Féral (DR1 CNRS)
Lucie Miché (MCF)
Pascal Mirleau (MCF)


Mouatassem Masmoudi (co-tutelle Algérie)
Marine Pratlong
Aurélien de Jode

Abigail Cahill https://sites.google.com/site/abigailecahill/


Thèmes de recherche

• Population genetics and phylogeography ; impact of life history traits and environmental barriers

• origin and evolution of genetic and specific diversity

• adaptive processes (heterogeneous environments and climate change)

• interaction plant / bacteria and fungi

• field and experimental work, molecular biology, statistical analyses

• Metazoan, fungi, plants, bacteria


Tunisie  : Université de Monastir
Algérie  : Université d’Annaba
Grèce  : Hellenic Center for Marine Research
France  : Aix-Marseille, Perpignan, Montpellier, Nancy



Al Hayek P, Maalouf JP, Baumel A, Bou Dagher‐Kharrat M, Médail F, Touzard B, Michalet R online Differential effects of contrasting phenotypes of a foundation legume shrub drive plant–plant interactions in a Mediterranean mountain. Journal of Vegetation Science, doi : 10.1111/jvs.12246

Gérard K, Roby C, Bierne N, Borsa P, Féral J-P, Chenuil A online Does natural selection explain the fine scale genetic structure at the nuclear exon Glu-5’ in blue mussels from Kerguelen ? Ecology and Evolution, doi : 10.1002/ece3.1421

Ledoux J-B, Aurelle D, Bensoussan N, Marschal C, Féral J-P, Garrabou J online Potential for adaptive evolution at species range margins : contrasting interactions between red coral populations and their environment in a changing ocean. Ecology and Evolution, doi : 10.1002/ece3.1324

Pante E, Puillandre N, Viricel A, Arnaud‐Haond S, Aurelle D, Castelin M, Chenuil A, Destombe C, Forcioli D, Valero M, Viard F, Samadi S online Species are hypotheses : avoid connectivity assessments based on pillars of sand. Mol Ecol, doi : 10.1111/mec.13048

Pratlong M, Haguenauer A, Chabrol O, Klopp C, Pontarotti P, Aurelle D in press The red coral (Corallium rubrum) transcriptome : a new resource for population genetics and local adaptation studies. Mol Ecol Res, doi : 10.1111/1755-0998.12383


Abdel Samad F, Baumel A, Juin M, Pavon D, Siljak-Yakovlev S, Médail F, Kharrat MBD 2014 Phylogenetic diversity and genome sizes of Astragalus (Fabaceae) in the Lebanon biogeographical crossroad. Plant Syst & Evolution 300(5):819-830, doi : 10.1007/s00606-013-0921-8

Hardion L, Baumel A, Verlaque R, Vila B 2014 Distinct evolutionary histories of lowland biota on Italian and Balkan peninsulas revealed by the phylogeography of Arundo plinii (Poaceae). J Biogeogr 41(11):2150-2161, doi : 10.1111/jbi.12355
Kharrat-Souissi A, Siljak-Yakovlev S, Brown S, Baumel A, Torre F, Chaieb M 2014 The polyploid nature of Cenchrus ciliaris L. (Poaceae) has been overlooked : new insights for the conservation and invasion biology of this species - a review. Rangeland J 36(1):11-23, doi : 10.1071/RJ13043

Postaire B., Aurelle D., Bourmaud C.A.F., Bruggemann J.H., Magalon H. (2014) Isolation and characterisation of 16 microsatellite loci from a widespread tropical hydrozoan, Lytocarpia brevirostris (Busk, 1852). Conservation Genetics Resources, 1–3.

Romiguier J, Gayral P, Ballenghien M, Bernard A, Cahais V, Chenuil A, Chiari Y, Dernat R, Duret L, Faivre N, Loire E, Lourenco JM, Nabholz B, Roux C, Tsagkogeorga G, Weber AAT, Weinert LA, Belkhir K, Bierne N, Glémin S, Galtier N 2014 Comparative population genomics in animals uncovers the determinants of genetic diversity. Nature 515:261-263, doi:10.1038/nature13685

Van Ofwegen LP, Aurelle D, Sartoretto S 2014 A new genus of soft coral (Cnidaria, Octocorallia) from the Republic of Congo (Pointe-Noire Region). ZooKeys 462:1-10, doi : 10.3897/zookeys.462.8533

Weber AAT, Pawlowski J 2014 Wide occurrence of SSU rDNA intragenomic polymorphism in foraminifera and its implications for molecular species identification. Protist 165(5):645-661, doi : 10.1016/j.protis.2014.07.006

Weber AAT, Stöhr S, Chenuil A 2014 Genetic data, reproduction season and reproductive strategy data support the existence of biological species in Ophioderma longicauda. Les données génétiques, la saison et la stratégie de reproduction soutiennent l’existence d’espèces biologiques chez Ophioderma longicauda. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 337(10):553-560, doi : 10.1016/j.crvi.2014.07.007


Aurelle D., Ledoux J.-B. (2013) Interplay between isolation by distance and genetic clusters in the red coral Corallium rubrum : insights from simulated and empirical data. Conservation Genetics, 14(3) ,705-716
Baumel A, Youssef S, Ongamo G, Médail F 2013 Habitat suitability assessment of the rare perennial plant Armeria arenaria (Pers.) Schult. (Plumbaginaceae) along the French Mediterranean coastline. Candollea 68 :221-228

Chaintreuil C., Arrighi J.F., Miché L., Moulin L., Dreyfus B., Giraud E., Munive-Hernández J.A., Villegas-Hernandez M.C., Gilles Béna G. 2013. Evolution of symbiosis in the legume genus Aeschynomene. New Phytol. 200(4) : 1247–1259.

Czirják G.Á., Pap P.L., Vágási C.I., Giraudeau M., Mureşan C., Mirleau P., Heeb P. 2013 Preen gland removal increases plumage bacterial load but not that of feather-degrading bacteria. Naturwissenschaften 100(2) : 145-151

Gérard K*, Guillotton E*, Arnaud-Haond S, Aurelle D, Bastrop R, Chevaldonné P, Derycke S, Hannel R, Lapègue S, Lejeusne C, Mousset S, Ramsak A, Remerie T, Viard F, Féral J.-P., Chenuil A. 2013. PCR survey of 50 introns in animals : cross-amplification of homologous EPIC loci in eight non-bilaterian, protostome and deuterostome phyla. Marine Genomics 12:1-8.

Haguenauer S., Zuberer F., Ledoux J.-B., Aurelle D. (2013) Adaptive abilities of the Mediterranean red coral Corallium rubrum in an heterogeneous and changing environment : from population to functional genetics. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 449, 349-357

Kharrat-Souissi, A., Siljak-Yakovlev, S., Brown, S., Baumel, A., Torre, F., & Chaieb, M. (2013). The polyploid nature of Cenchrus ciliaris L.(Poaceae) has been overlooked : new insights for the conservation and invasion biology of this species-a review. The Rangeland Journal in press.

Lecointre G, Améziane N, Boisselier M-C, Bonillo C, Busson F, Causse R, Chenuil A, Couloux A, Coutanceau J-P, Cruaud C, d’Udekem d’Acoz C, De Ridder C, Denys G, Dettaï A, Duhamel G, Eléaume M, Féral J.-P., Gallut C, Havermans C, Held C, Hemery L, Lautrédou A-C, Martin P, Ozouf-Costaz C, Pierrat B, Pruvost P, Puillandre N, Samadi S, Saucède T, Schubart C and David B. 2013. Is the species flock concept operational ? The Antarctic Shelf case. PLoS ONE 8(8) : e68787. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068787.

Ledoux J.-B., Aurelle D., Féral J.-P., Garrabou J. (2013) Molecular forensics in the precious Mediterranean red coral, Corallium rubrum : testing DNA extraction and microsatellite genotyping using dried colonies. Conservation Genetic Ressources, 14(3),705-716

Mokhtar-Jamaï K., Coma R., Wang J., Zuberer F., Féral J.-P., Aurelle D. (2013) Role of evolutionary and ecologicall factors in the reproductive success and the spatial genetic structure of the temperate gorgonian Paramuricea clavata. Ecology and Evolution. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.588/abstract

Migliore, J., Baumel, A., Juin, M., Fady, B., Roig, A., Duong, N., & Médail, F. (2013). Surviving in Mountain Climate Refugia : New Insights from the Genetic Diversity and Structure of the Relict Shrub Myrtus nivellei (Myrtaceae) in the Sahara Desert. PloS one, 8 :, e73795.

Penant G., Aurelle D., Feral J.-P., Chenuil A. (2013) To what extent do larvae warrant gene flow in marine invertebrates ? lessons from the edible sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 480, 155–170

Pouget, M., Youssef, S., Migliore, J., Juin, M., Médail, F., & Baumel, A. (2013). Phylogeography sheds light on the central–marginal hypothesis in a Mediterranean narrow endemic plant. Annals of botany, 112 : 1409-1420.

Rombouts, I., Beaugrand, G., Fizzala, X., Gaill, F., Greenstreet, S.P.R., Lamare, S., Le Loc’h, F., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Mialet, B., Niquil, N., Percelay, J., Renaud, F., Rossberg, A.G., Féral J.P. 2013 Food web indicators under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive : from complexity to simplicity ? Ecological Indicators 29 :246-254

Sanguin H., Khoulissa S., Zarik L., Gryta H., Boumezzough A., Ouahmane L., Hafidi M., Ouhammou A., Prin Y., Dreyfus B., Cambecèdes J., Miché L., Gauquelin T., Duponnois R. 2013. Rôles potentiels de la symbiose mycorhizienne dans la conservation des populations méditerranéennes de Genévrier thurifère (Juniperus thurifera L.). Ecologia Mediterranea 39(1):99-107.

Weber A, Dupont S, Chenuil A. 2013. Thermotolerance and regeneration in the brittle star species complex Ophioderma longicauda : a preliminary study comparing lineages and Mediterranean basins. Comptes Rendus Biologies 336 (11) : 572-581.


Chenuil A. (2012) How to infer reliable diploid genotypes from NGS or traditional sequence data. From basic probability to experimental optimization. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25(5):949-960.

Cornuault J., Bataillard A., WarrenB.H., Lootvoet A., Mirleau P., Duval T., Milá B., Thébaud C., Heeb P. (2012) The role of immigration and in-situ radiation in explaining blood parasite assemblages in an island bird clade. Molecular Ecology 21(6) : 1438-1452.

Djamali M, Baumel A, Brewer S, Jackson ST, Kadereit JW, López-Vinyallonga S, Mehregan I, Shabanian E, Simakova A, 2012. Ecological implications of Cousinia Cass. (Asteraceae) persistence through the last two glacial-interglacial cycles in the continental Middle East for the Irano-Turanian flora. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 172:10-20

Fadhlaoui-Zid K., Knittweis L., Aurelle D., Nafkha C., Ezzedine S., Fiorentino F., Ghmati H., Ceriola L., Jarboui O., Maltagliati F. (2012) Genetic structure of Octopus vulgaris (Cephalopoda, Octopodidae) in the central Mediterranean Sea inferred from the mitochondrial COIII gene. Comptes Rendus Biologie, 335, 625-636.

Fassatoui C, Chenuil A, Romdhane M S. (2012). Relationships between heterozygosity, growth parameters and age in the common pandora (Pagellus erythrinus, Sparidae) of the Gabes Gulf (South-Eastern Tunisia). Marine Ecology Progress Series 445 :251-261

Hardion L, Verlaque R, Baumel A, Juin M, Vila B, 2012. Revised systematics of Mediterranean Arundo (Poaceae) based on AFLP fingerprints and morphology. Taxon 61:1217-1226

Imbert E, Youssef S, Carbonell D, Baumel A, 2012. Have endemic species always a low competitive ability ? A test for two Mediterranean plant species under controlled conditions. Journal of Plant Ecology 5:305-312

Kharrat-Souissi A, Baumel A, Torre F, Chaieb M, 2012. Genetic differentiation of the dominant perennial grass Cenchrus ciliaris L. contributes to response to water deficit in arid lands. The Range Land Journal 34:55-62

Klonowska A., Chaintreuil C., Tisseyre P., Miché L., Melkonian R., Ducousso M., Laguerre G., Brunel B., Moulin L. (2012) Biodiversity of Mimosa pudica rhizobial symbionts (Cupriavidus taiwanensis, Rhizobium mesoamericanum) in New Caledonia and their adaptation to heavy metal-rich soils. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 81(3), 618-635.

Ledoux J.-B., Aurelle D., Féral J.-P., Garrabou J. (2012) Molecular forensics in the precious Mediterranean red coral, Corallium rubrum : testing DNA extraction and microsatellite genotyping using dried colonies. Conservation Genetic Ressources 1-4. doi:10.1007/s12686-012-9795-2

Ledoux JB, Tarnowska K, Gérard K, Lhuillier E,Jacquemin B, Veydmann A, Féral JP, Chenuil A. 2012. Fine-scale spatial genetic structure in the brooding sea urchin Abatus cordatus suggests vulnerability of the Southern Ocean marine invertebrates facing global change. Polar Biology 35(4):611-623.

Migliore J, Baumel A, Juin M, Médail F, 2012. From Mediterranean shores to central Saharan mountains : key phylogeographical insights from the genus Myrtus. Journal of Biogeography 39:942-956

Mishra R.P.N, Tisseyre P., Melkonian R., Chaintreuil C., Miché L., Klonowska A., Gonzalez S., Bena G., Laguerre G., Moulin L. (2012) Genetic diversity of Mimosa pudica rhizobial symbionts in soils of French Guiana : investigating the origin and diversity of Burkholderia phymatum and other beta-rhizobia. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 79(2), 487-503.

Mornico D., Miché L., Béna G., Nouwen N., Verméglio A., Vallenet D., Smith A.A.T., Giraud E., Médigue C., Moulin L. (2012) Comparative genomics of Aeschynomene symbionts : Insights into the ecological lifestyle of Nod-Independent photosynthetic bradyrhizobia. Genes 3(1), 35-61.

Tarnowska K, Verney A, Wolowicz M , Féral J-P, Chenuil A. 2012. Survival of male and female Cerastoderma glaucum (Bivalvia) during aerial exposure. Vie et Milieu / Life & Environment 62(1) :23-28.

Tarnowska K, Krakau M, Jacobsen S, Wołowicz M, Féral JP, Chenuil A. 2012. Comparative phylogeography of two sister (congeneric) species of cardiid bivalve : Strong influence of habitat, life history and post-glacial history. Estuarine Coastal and shelf Science 107:150-158.


Aurelle D., Ledoux J.-B., Rocher C., Borsa P., Chenuil A., Féral J.-P. (2011) Phylogeography of the red coral (Corallium rubrum) : inferences on the evolutionary history of a temperate gorgonian. Genetica, 139(7), 855-869.

Boissin E, Stöhr S, Chenuil A. 2011. Did vicariance and adaptation drive cryptic speciation and evolution of brooding in Ophioderma longicauda (Echinodermata : Ophiuroidea), a common atlanto-mediterranean ophiuroid ? Molecular Ecology 20(22):473

Dettai, et al. 2011. Barcoding and molecular systematics of the benthic and demersal organisms of the CEAMARC survey. Polar Science 5:298-312.

Egea E, Mérigot B, Mahé-Bézac C, Féral JP, Chenuil A. 2011. Differential reproductive timing in Echinocardium spp. : the first Mediterranean survey allows inter-oceanic and inter-specific comparisons. Comptes-rendus Biologies 334:13-23

Kharrat-Souissi A, Baumel A, Torre F, Juin M, Siljak-Yakovlev S, Roig A, Chaieb M, 2011. New insights into the polyploid complex Cenchrus ciliaris L. (Poaceae) show its capacity for gene flow and recombination processes despite its apomictic nature. Australian Journal of Botany, 59:543-553

Krause A., Bischoff B., Miché L., Federico Battistoni F., Reinhold-Hurek B. 2011. Exploring the function of alcohol dehydrogenases during the endophytic life of Azoarcus sp. strain BH72. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 24(11) : 1325-1332.

Laffont-Schwob I., Dumas P.J., Pricop A., Rabier J., Miché L., Affre L., Masotti V., Prudent P., Tatoni T. 2011. Insights on metal-tolerance and symbionts of the rare species Astragalus tragacantha aiming at phytostabilization of polluted soils and plant conservation. Ecologia Mediterranea 37(2) : 57-62.

Migliore J, Baumel A, Juin M, Diadema K, Hugot L, Verlaque R, Médail F 2011. Genetic diversity and structure of a Mediterranean endemic plant in Corsica (Mercurialis corsica, Euphorbiaceae). Population Ecology, 53:573-586

Mokhtar-Jamaï K., Pascual M., Ledoux J.-B., Coma R., Féral J.-P., Garrabou J., Aurelle D. (2011) Genetic structuring in the red gorgonian Paramuricea clavata across the Mediterranean Sea : the interplay between oceanographic conditions and limited larval dispersal. Molecular Ecology, 20, 3291-3305.

Youssef S, Baumel A, Véla E, Juin M, Dumas E, Affre L, Tatoni T 2011. Factors underlying the narrow distribution of the Mediterranean annual plant Arenaria provincialis (Caryophyllaceae). Folia Geobotanica, 46:327-350

Programmes de recherche

- deux projets CNRS / IFREMER financés dans le cadre du GDR MarCo
- contrat Labex Corail
- OHM-Littoral méditerranéen - Astragalus tragacantha symbiont diversity ; 2013 ; 8000 €
- Eccorev/OHM Bassin minier Gardanne (INRA/IMBE) ; 5000 €
Internationaux :
- DEVOTES : programme européen FP7 : DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status. PI pour le CNRS (JP Féral puis Anne Chenuil)
- CIGESMED : Programme ERA-net, ANR internationale : (titre en français) Indicateurs basés sur le coralligène pour évaluer et surveiller le « bon état écologique » des eaux côtières méditerranéennes PI (Jean-Pierre Féral)
- coopération France – Algérie ; programme Hubert Curien Tassili ; 2011-2014
- coopération France – Maroc programme Hubert Curien 13-07 PRAD ; 2013-2015
- programme européen Assemble : couverture de frais de mission à la Station Zoologique de Naples (juillet 2013)