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Caroline Bournaud

Caroline Bournaud

Postdoctoral researcher
Plant-parasitic interactions


Caroline Bournaud holds a master's degree in Functional Biology in Plants and PhD in Microbiology and Parasitology in 2012 from the University of Montpellier (France). She was awarded a PhD grant from CIRAD research center (Montpellier, France) to study the biodiversity and symbiotic affinity of rhizobia associated with Brazilian legume tree species. After completing her PhD, she received a mobility postdoctoral grant "Science without Borders" from 2013 to 2017 to conduct her research at Embrapa (Brasilia, Brazil). Her project was to identify by interactomic approaches effector proteins from the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita capable of modifying the plant's immune system. Since 2020, as Marie Curie fellow, she pursues her research on M. incognita to decrypt the regulatory mechanisms of nematode parasitism. She is associated to the plant-parasitic interactions group of Dr. Sebastian Eves-van den Akker and currently hosts at the Microbiology, Adaptation & Pathogeny of University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France).


Genome Expression Dynamics Reveal the Parasitism Regulatory Landscape of the Root-Knot Nematode Meloidogyne incognita and a Promoter Motif Associated with Effector Genes. 2021, Genes (Basel).

MiDaf16- and MiSkn1-like gene families are reliable targets to develop biotechnological tools for the control and management of Meloidogyne incognita, 2020, Scientific Reports

Meloidogyne incognita PASSE-MURAILLE (MiPM) gene encodes a cell-penetrating protein that interacts with the CSN5 subunit of the COP9 signalosome, 2018, Frontiers in Plant Science

Interdependency of efficient nodulation and arbuscular mycorrhization in Piptadenia gonoacantha, a Brazilian legume tree, 2017, Plant, Cell and Environment

Plant-parasitic nematodes: Towards understanding molecular players in stress responses, 2017, Annuals of Botany Burkholderia species are the most common and preferred nodulating symbionts of the Piptadenia Group (tribe Mimoseae), 2013, PLOS One