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UMR 1332 Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie

Véronique Decroocq (Dr)

Research Director


  • Date de naissance : 7th of January 1966
  • Diplômes :
    2007: Hability for Research leadership (HDR) from the University Victor Ségalen, Bordeaux 2
    1990-1994: Ph.D. thesis with European label, prepared jointly at Paris XI Orsay (IBP) and Wageningen Agricultural University (The Netherlands). Mention: La plus haute distinction et félicitations du jury
    1989-1990: Leuven University (Belgium), Master degree (DEA) in Molecular genetics. Mention: Très Bien.
    1984-1988 : Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture (Lille, France). Engineer diploma.
  • Parcours :
    Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia. Department of Plant Industry on the topic ‘Genetic engineering in Eucalypts’. 1995- 1997.
    Junior Scientist position at INRA, Division of Plant Breeding, U.R.E.F.V, Villenave d’Ornon, France. 1997 – 2002 then in the Division of Plant Pathology, UMR BFP (ex-GDPP). 2002 – 2008.
    Senior scientist (Directeur de Recherches) position at INRA, UMR BFP. 2008 – current
    OECD Sabbatical Fellowship (visiting scientist), Clemson University, Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, South Carolina (USA) on the topic ‘Assembly of the Peach repeat sequences and of the Apricot linkage group 1’. 6 months in 2007 and 4 months in 2010


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My research concerns the genetics of the plant-Plum Pox Virus (PPV) interactions. PPV is the causal agent of the sharka disease which affects Prunus species (stone fruit trees such as peach, apricot, almond, plum and cherry). My team seeks to:

  1. determine the host factors controlling resistance to PPV in stone fruit trees as well as in Arabidopsis thaliana
  2. Identify new sources of resistance to sharka in Prunus species
  3. Develop molecular tools for future breeding programs, from Marker Assisted Selection to Genomic Selection applied to resistance to sharka
  4. Test and implement new strategies (biotechnological, agronomical, genetic) that allow to control PPV spreading, decrease its impact and diversify the resistant ideotypes.

More recently, we travelled back in the areas of origin of the Prunus species, to retrieve original plant material, understand the origin of sharka disease and improve our knowledge on the factors driving the outcomes of the plant-virus interactions.



Complete list of publications on the HAL-INRAE portal


  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the INRA’s division of Plant Biology and Breeding
  • Member of the advisory board of the INRA’s SMaCH Metaprogram (Sustainable Management of Crop Health)
  • Associate Editor for the Tree Genetics & Genomes peer-reviewed journal