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MARRON Nicolas

MARRON Nicolas

Tree- and Ecosystem-level Integrative Ecology and Ecophysiology

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Born in 1977 in Grenoble (France)
Research scientist, INRAE
Silva Laboratory (UMR 1434 INRAE Nancy-Lorraine - Lorraine University, AgroParisTech)
F-54280 Champenoux
+33 (0) 3 83 39 73 30

- PhD defended in December 2003. Manuscript can be found here:
Thesis Nicolas Marron

- HDR defended in April 2016. Manuscript can be found here:


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Fields of expertise

Tree ecophysiology, Short-rotation coppice (SRC) plantations, Biomass production, Agroforestry, Poplar, Tolerance to abiotic stresses, Water-use efficiency
Some details about current agroforestry projects are available here (in French!): Agro-TCR / PotA-GE


-Dec. 2006-Nov. 2007:Postdoctoral position (Forest ecology and ecophysiology)
UMR 1137 INRA-Lorraine University - Écologie et écophysiologie forestières, France.
Key-words: Soil CO2 efflux; Carbon isotope composition; Spectrophotometry; Beech; Root and litter respiration

-Oct. 2006-Nov. 2006: Postdoctoral position (Plant ecophysiology, quantitative genetic)
Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Department of Forest Environment and Resources – University of Viterbo, Italy.

-2003-2006: Postdoctoral position (Plant ecophysiology, quantitative genetic)
Research Group of Plant and Vegetation Ecology – University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium.
Key-words: Productivity determinants; Genotypic plasticity; Water-use efficiency; Phenology; Tree architecture; Quantitative genetic

-2000–2003: Doctorat d’Université / Ph.D thesis « Physiologie, Biologie des Organismes, Populations,
Interactions » - Très Honorable honours. Defended December 17, 2003 in Orléans, France.
Key-words: Drought tolerance; Leaf determinants; Water-use efficiency; Growth; Photosynthesis; Biochemistry

-1999 - 2000: DEA in Forest Biology
University Henri Poincaré, Nancy, France.

Recent publications in international journals

  • Clivot, H., C. Petitjean, N. Marron, E. Dallé, J. Genestier, N. Blaszczyk, P. Santenoise, A. Laflotte and S. Piutti. 2019. Monitoring the early effects of temperate agroforestry practices on soil organic matter and microbial activity. Plant and Soil.
  • Marron, N. and D. Epron. 2019. Are mixed tree plantations introducing N2-fixing species more productive than monocultures? Forest Ecology and Management. 441: 242-252. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2019.03.052
  • Le Gac, A.-L., C. Lafon-Placette, D. Chauveau, V. Segura, A. Delaunay, R. Fichot, N. Marron, A. Berthelot, G. Bodineau, J.-C. Bastien, F. Brignolas and S. Maury. 2018. Winter-dormant shoot apical meristem of poplar trees shows environmental epigenetic memory. Journal of Experimental Botany. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ery271
  • Marron, N., P. Priault, C. Gana, D. Gérant and D. Epron. 2018. Prevalence of interspecific competition in a mixed poplar/black locust plantation under adverse climate conditions. Annals of Forest Science. DOI: 10.1007/s13595-018-0704-z
  • Marron, N., C. Gana, P. Maillard, D. Gérant, P. Priault and D. Epron. 2018. Estimating symbiotic N2 fixation in Robinia pseudoacacia. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201700503
  • Gana, C., Y. Nouvellon, N. Marron, J.L. Stape and D. Epron. 2016. Sampling and interpolation strategies derived from the analysis of continuous soil CO2 flux. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201600133
  • Toillon, J., E. Dallé, G. Bodineau, A. Berthelot, J.-C. Bastien, F. Brignolas and N. Marron. 2016. Plasticity of yield and nitrogen removal in 56 Populus deltoides × P. nigra genotypes over two rotations of short-rotation coppice. Forest Ecology and Management. 375: 55-65.
  • Marron, N. 2015. Agronomic and environmental effects of land application of residues in short-rotation tree plantations: a literature review. Biomass & Bioenergy. 81: 378-400.
  • Toillon, J., R. Fichot, E. Dallé, A. Berthelot, F. Brignolas and N. Marron. 2013a. Planting density affects growth and water-use efficiency depending on site in Populus deltoides × Populus nigra. Forest Ecology and Management. 304: 345-354.
  • Toillon, J., B. Rollin, E. Dallé, M. Feinard-Duranceau, J.-C. Bastien, F. Brignolas and N. Marron. 2013b. Variability and plasticity of productivity, water-use efficiency, and nitrogen exportation rate in Salix short-rotation coppice. Biomass & Bioenergy. 56: 392-404.

Book chapters

  • Gabrielle, B., H. Wernsdorfer, N. Marron and C. Deleuze. 2016. Biomass feedstocks (Chapter 2). In Biomass supply chains for bioenergy and biorefining. Eds. J.B. Holm-Nielsen and E.A. Ehimen. Woodhead Publishing series in Energy. pp 15-51.
  • Marron, N., B. Gielen, F. Brignolas, J. Gao, J.D. Johnson, D.F. Karnosky, A. Polle, G. Scarascia-Mugnozza, W.R. Schroeder and R.Ceulemans. 2013. Abiotic stresses (Chapter 7) In Poplars and Willows: Trees for Society and the environment. Eds. J.G. Isebrands and J. Richardson. CAB International. pp 337-442.
  • Dillen, S.Y., O. El Kasmioui, N. Marron, C. Calfapietra and R. Ceulemans. 2010. Poplar. In Energy Crops. Eds. N.G. Halford and A. Karp. Royal Society of Chemistry (SRC). Cambridge, UK. pp 275-300.

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Modification date : 13 September 2023 | Publication date : 03 August 2023 | Redactor : Corinne MARTIN