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Senior Researcher (DR1)
Sylvain pellerin

National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)
Environment and Agronomy Scientific Division
Joint Research Unit "Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Interactions" (ISPA, UMR 1391)
71, Avenue Edouard Bourlaux
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Education and Additional Training


Agronomist, “Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, France”.


Ph.D thesis, “Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, France”.


Senior researcher’s degree  (Habilitation à diriger des Recherches) “Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, Nancy, France”. Root system architecture and nutrient uptake : what prospects for a modelling approach ?

Current position and prior experience

01/04/2010-30/03/2018: Member of the management team of the "Environment and Agronomy" Scientific Division of INRA, France

01/01/2003-31/12/2010: Head of the Joint Research Unit "Soil Plant transfer and cycle of nutrients and trace elements in Agro-ecosystems" (TCEM). INRA, Bordeaux, France.

01/01/1997-12/31/2002: Deputy head of the Agronomy research unit, INRA, Bordeaux, France.

05/01/1995-12/31/1996: Senior researcher, Agronomy research unit, INRA, Bordeaux, France.

01/01/1986-04/30/1995: Senior researcher, Agronomy research unit, INRA, Colmar, France.

04/01/1984-08/31/1985: Post doc, Agronomy research unit, INRA, French West Indies.

Research Interests

Biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nutrients in agro-ecosystems, Modelling soil-plant transfer of nutrients, Greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils

Scientific production and other activities

Author of 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications (h-index wos=25), 71 communications in international conferences, 18 book chapters. Co-editor of an international book (Root Methods: a handbook, 2000). Coordination of 13 research programs. Coordination of a technological combined network for practical applications of research in the area of fertilisation. Teaching at Bordeaux University and at the Agricultural School from Bordeaux (Bordeaux Sciences Agro)

Recent publications (2014-2018)

KVAKIC M., PELLERIN S., CIAIS P., ACHAT D.L., AUGUSTO L., DENOROY P., GERBER J.S., GOLL D., MOLLIER A., MUELLER N.D., WANG X. RINGEVAL B., 2018. Quantifying the limitation to world cereal production due to soil phosphorus status. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 32.

EORY V., PELLERIN S., CARMONA GARCIA G., LEHTONEN H., LICITE I., MATTILA H., LUND-SORENSEN T., MULDOWNEY J., POPLUGA D., STRANDMARK L., SCHULTE R., 2018. Marginal abatement cost curves for agricultural climate policy: state-of-the art, lessons learnt and future potential. Journal of Cleaner Production 182, 705-716.

NADEEM M., MOLLIER A., PELLERIN S., 2018. Effects of sowing depth on remobilization and translocation of seed phosphorus reserves. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences 28(3), 934-939.

LI H., MOLLIER A., ZIADI N., MESSIGA A.J., SHI Y., PELLERIN S., PARENT L.E., MOREL C. 2018. Long-term modeling of phosphorus spatial distribution in the no-tilled soil profile. Soil & Tillage Research, under press.

NAWARA S., VAN DAEL T., AMERY F., ELSEN A., ODEURS W., VANDENDRIESSCHE H., ROISIN C., MCGRATH S., JOUANY C., PELLERIN S., DENOROY P., EICHLER-LÖBERMANN B., BÖRJESSON G., GOOS P., AKKERMANS W., MERCKX R., SMOLDERS E., 2017. Soil tests for available phosphorus revisited: a comparative study on European long-term trials. European journal of soil science 68, 873–885.

BARBIERI P., PELLERIN S., NESME T., 2017. Comparing crop rotations between organic and conventional farming. Scientific Reports 7:13761.

PELLERIN S., BAMIÈRE L., ANGERS D., BÉLINE F., BENOIT M., BUTAULT J.P., CHENU C., COLNENNE-DAVID C., DE CARA S., DELAME N., DOREAU M., DUPRAZ P., FAVERDIN P., GARCIA-LAUNAY F., HASSOUNA M., HÉNAULT C., JEUFFROY M.H., KLUMPP K., METAY A., MORAN D., RECOUS S., SAMSON E., SAVINI I., PARDON L., CHEMINEAU P., 2017. Identifying cost-competitive greenhouse gas mitigation potential of French agriculture. Environmental Science and Policy, 77, 130-139.

DEBAEKE P., PELLERIN S., SCOPEL E., 2017. Climate-smart cropping systems for temperate and tropical agriculture: mitigation, adaptation and trade-offs. Cahiers Agriculture 26, 34002.

RINGEVAL B., AUGUSTO L., MONOD H., VAN APELDOORN D., BOUWMAN L., YANG X., ACHAT D., CHINI L., VAN OOST K., GUENET B., WANG R., DECHARME B., NESME T., PELLERIN S., 2017. Phosphorus in agricultural soils: drivers of its distribution at the global scale. Global Change Biology 23, 8, 3418-3432.

REGAN J., MARTON S., BARRANTES O., RUANE E., HANEGRAAF M., BERLAND J., KOREVAAR H., PELLERIN S., NESME T., 2017. Does the recoupling of dairy and crop production at the district scale lead to environmental benefits? A case-study approach in Europe. European Journal of Agronomy 82 (B), 342–356.

MARTINEZ J., PELLERIN S., 2016. Optimising N and P recycling from organic amendments via agro-ecological incentives and concepts-scope for further developments. Soil Use and Management 32, 64-72.

FERNANDEZ-MENA H., NESME T., PELLERIN S., 2016. Towards an Agro-Industrial Ecology: a review of nutrient flow modelling and assessment tools in agro-food systems at the local scale. Science of the Total Environment 543, 467–479.

PELLERIN S., NESME T., 2015. Flux de phosphore associés à l’élevage et conséquences sur la fertilité phosphatée des sols: analyse à plusieurs échelles. Fourrages 223, 205-210.

NESME T., SENTHILKUMAR K., MOLLIER A., PELLERIN S., 2015. Effects of crop and livestock segregation on phosphorus resource use: a systematic, regional analysis. Europ. J. Agronomy 71, 88–95.

DELERUE F., GONZALEZ M., MICHALET R., PELLERIN S., AUGUSTO L., 2015. Weak evidence of regeneration habitat but strong evidence of regeneration niche for a leguminous shrub. PLoS ONE 10 (6):e0130886. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0130886.

LESCOURRET F., MAGDA D., RICHARD G., ADAM-BLONDON AF., BARDY M., BAUDRY J., DOUSSAN I., DUMONT B., LEFEVRE F., LITRICO I., MARTIN-CLOUAIRE R., MONTUELLE B., PELLERIN S., PLANTEGENEST M., TANCOIGNE E., THOMAS A., GUYOMARD H., SOUSSANA JF., 2015. A social-ecological approach to managing multiple agro-ecosystem services. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14, 68-75.

DELMAS M., SABY N., ARROUAYS D., DUPAS R., LEMERCIER B., PELLERIN S., GASCUEL-ODOUX C., 2015. Explaining and mapping total phosphorus content in French topsoils. Soil use and management 31, 2, 259–269.