DIversité - Adaptation - DEveloppement des plantes


Research at CIRAD
PhD in Plant Biology at University of Montpellier.


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Current location: Fundacion Nicafrance - Finca La Cumplida - Carretera el Tuma La Dalla Km 146, Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Research interests

Sophie joined the team in 2017, having completed her PhD at Supagro (Montpellier) and a post-doc at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU (NY, USA). She is interested in decoding the molecular mechanisms involved in plant tolerance to abiotic stress, with a particular interest in drought, heat, nutrition and nitrogen assimilation. The architecture of coffee root system and plasticity are central to her research, within the framework of the BOLERO project.

Ongoing fundings and projects

  • BOLERO (2022-2026): European project proposing to create resilient rootstock varieties for fruit tree crops to cope with climate change threats. (Co-leader) 


  • Awada, R., Lepelley, M., Breton, D., Charpagne, A., Campa, C., Berry, V., Georget, F., Breitler, J.-C., Leran, S., Djerrab, D., Martinez-Seidel, F., Descombes, P., Crouzillat, D., Bertrand, B., & Etienne, H. (2023). Global transcriptome profiling reveals differential regulatory, metabolic and hormonal networks during somatic embryogenesis in Coffea arabica. BMC Genomics, 24, 19 p.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-022-09098-z

  • Koutouleas, A., Sarzynski, T., Bertrand, B., Bordeaux, M., Skovmand Bosselmann, A., Campa, C., Etienne, H., Turreira-Garcia, N., Leran, S., Markussen, B., Marraccini, P., Cochicho Ramalho, J., Vaast, P., & Raebild, A. (2022). Shade effects on yield across different Coffea arabica cultivars ? How much is too much ? A meta-analysis. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 42, 13 p.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s13593-022-00788-2

  • Breitler, J.-C., Etienne, H., Leran, S., Marie, L., & Bertrand, B. (2022). Description of an Arabica coffee ideotype for agroforestry cropping systems : A guideline for breeding more resilient new varieties. Plants, 11(16), 24 p.  https://doi.org/10.3390/plants11162133

  • Djerrab, D., Bertrand, B., Breitler, J.-C., Leran, S., Dechamp, E., Campa, C., Barrachina, C., Conejero, G., Etienne, H., & Sulpice, R. (2021). Photoperiod-dependent transcriptional modifications in key metabolic pathways in #Coffea arabica#. Tree Physiology, 41(2), 302 316.  https://doi.org/10.1093/treephys/tpaa130

  • Leran, S., Noguero, M., Corratgé-Faillie, C., Boursiac, Y., Brachet, C., & Lacombe, B. (2020). Functional characterization of the arabidopsis abscisic acid transporters NPF4.5 and NPF4.6 in xenopus oocytes. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11, 6 p.  https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00144

  • Breitler, J.-C., Djerrab, D., Leran, S., Toniutti, L., Guittin, C., Severac, D., Pratlong, M., Dereeper, A., Etienne, H., & Bertrand, B. (2020). Full moonlight-induced circadian clock entrainment in #Coffea arabica#. BMC Plant Biology, 20, 11 p.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-020-2238-4

  • Awada, R., Campa, C., Gibault, E., Dechamp, E., Georget, F., Lepelley, M., Abdallah, C., Erban, A., Martinez-Seidel, F., Kopka, J., Legendre, L., Leran, S., Conejero, G., Verdeil, J.-L., Crouzillat, D., Breton, D., Bertrand, B., & Etienne, H. (2019). Unravelling the metabolic and hormonal machinery during key steps of somatic embryogenesis : A case study in coffee. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(19), 29 p.  https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20194665

  • Varala, K., Marshall-Colón, A., Cirrone, J., Brooks, M. D., Pasquino, A. V., Leran, S., Mittal, S., Rock, T. M., Edwards, M. B., Kim, G. J., Ruffel, S., McCombie, R., Shasha, D., & Coruzzi, G. M. (2018). Temporal transcriptional logic of dynamic regulatory networks underlying nitrogen signaling and use in plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(25), 6494 6499.  https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1721487115

  • Etienne, H., Breton, D., Breitler, J.-C., Bertrand, B., Dechamp, E., Awada, R., Marraccini, P., Leran, S., Alpizar, E., Campa, C., Courtel, P., Georget, F., & Ducos, J.-P. (2018). Coffee somatic embryogenesis : How did research, experience gained and innovations promote the commercial propagation of elite clones from the two cultivated species. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, 21p.  https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01630

  • Totev Valkov, V., Rogato, A., Martins Alves, L., Sol, S., Noguero, M., Leran, S., Lacombe, B., & Chiurazzi, M. (2017). The nitrate transporter family protein LjNPF8.6 controls the N-fixing nodule activity. Plant Physiology, 175, 1269 1282.  https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.17.01187

  • Bouguyon, E., Brun, F., Meynard, D., Kubes, M., Pervent, M., Leran, S., Lacombe, B., Krouk, G., Guiderdoni, E., Zazimalova, E., Hoyerova, K., Nacry, P., & Gojon, A. (2015). Multiple mechanisms of nitrate sensing by #Arabidopsis# nitrate transceptor NRT1.1. Nature Plants, 1(3), 8 p.  https://doi.org/10.1038/nplants.2015.15

Books and chapters

  • Bertrand, B., Breitler, J.-C., Georget, F., Penot, E., Bordeaux, M., Marraccini, P., Leran, S., Campa, C., Bonato, O., Villain, L., & Etienne, H. (2018). De nouvelles variétés pour des systèmes caféiers agroforestiers innovants. In P.-M. E. (ed. ) Côte François-Xavier (ed.) Perret Sylvain (ed. ), Roudier Philippe (ed. ), Bruno Rapidel (ed. ), Thirion Marie-Cécile (ed. ). (Éd.), La transition agro-écologique des agricultures du Sud (Agritrop : 590491; p. 231 256). Ed. Quae; https://www.quae.com/produit/1546/9782759228232/la-transition-agro-ecologique-des-agricultures-du-sud

  • Bertrand, B., Breitler, J.-C., Georget, F., Penot, E., Bordeaux, M., Marraccini, P., Leran, S., Campa, C., Bonato, O., Villain, L., & Etienne, H. (2019). New varieties for innovative agroforestry coffee systems. In P.-M. E. (ed. ) Côte François-Xavier (ed.) Perret Sylvain (ed. ), Roudier Philippe (ed. ), Bruno Rapidel (ed. ), Thirion Marie-Cécile (ed. ). (Éd.), The agroecological transition of agricultural systems in the Global South (Agritrop : 592997; p. 161 176). Ed. Quae;  https://www.quae-open.com/produit/114/9782759230570/the-agroecological-transition-of-agricultural-systems-in-the-global-south
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