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Permanent Lecturer-Researcher

since September 2012, 66th section (Physiology)



Permanent Lecturer, Univ. Orléans, Department of Biology (since Sept. 2012)

Courses and levels : plant cell biology (1st year bachelor); plant ecology (1st year bachelor); plant morphology and plant anatomy (2nd year bachelor); water transport and mineral nutrition (2nd year bachelor, Master 1); agronomy and plant improvement (Master 1); biostatistics with R software (Master 1); plant responses to abiotic and biotic constraints (Master 2)



Permanent Researcher, Research Group on Woody Plant Biology, Ecophysiology (since Sept. 2012)

Key-words: forest ecophysiology; global change; poplars (cultivated hybrids vs. natural populations); water and carbon relations; physiology of plant water transport; drought-induced cavitation; xylem functional anatomy



2010-2012: Post-doc sojourn, University of Antwerp (Belgium), Research Group on Plant and Vegetation Ecology (PLECO)

Theme: water-use efficiency and water balance of a bioenergy plantation (POPFULL project)

Supervisor: Pr. Reinhart Ceulemans

2006-2010: Doctorate, University of Orléans (France), Research Group on Woody Plant Biology – INRA Orléans

Theme: xylem structural and functional variations and drought-induced plasticity in poplar

Supervirsors: Pr. Franck Brignolas and Dr. Gilles Pilate




19- Bloemen J., Fichot R., Horemans J.A., Broeckx L.S., Verlinden M.S., Zenone T., Ceulemans R. (2016) Water use of a multi-genotype poplar short-rotation coppice from tree to stand scale. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12345



18- Fichot R., Brignolas F., Cochard H., Ceulemans R. (2015) Vulnerability to drought-induced cavitation in poplars: synthesis and future opportunities. Plant, Cell and Environment 38, 1233-1251.


17- Fischer M., Fichot R., Albaugh J., Ceulemans R., Domec J.C., Trnka M., King J.S. (2015) Ecophysiology, aboveground productivity, and stand-level water use efficiency of Populus and Salix grown in short-rotation coppice for bioenergy. In "Sustainable Bioenergy Paradigm-An Ecological Assessment of the Future Energy” HEP, Higher Education Press, China, and DeGruyter, Germany.


16- Guet J., Fabbrini F., Fichot R., Sabatti M., Bastien C., Brignolas F. (2015) Genetic variation for leaf morphology, leaf structure and leaf carbon isotope discrimination in European populations of black poplar (Populus nigra L.). Tree Physiology 35, 850-863.


15- Guet J., Fichot R., Lédée C., Laurans F., Cochard H., Delzon S., Bastien C., Brignolas F. (2015) Stem xylem resistance is related to xylem structure but not to growth and water-use efficiency at the within-population level in Populus nigra L. Journal of Experimental Botany 66, 4643-4652.


14- Verlinden M.S.*, Fichot R.*, Broeckx L.S., Vanholme B., Boerjan W., Ceulemans R. (2015) Carbon isotope compositions (δ13C) of leaf, wood and holocellulose differ among genotypes of poplar and between previous land uses in a short-rotation biomass plantation. Plant, Cell and Environment 38, 144-156.

*: equal contribution.



13- Broeckx L.S.*, Fichot R.*, Verlinden M.S., Ceulemans R. (2014) Seasonal variations in photosynthesis, intrinsic water-use efficiency and stable isotope composition of poplar leaves in a short-rotation plantation. Tree Physiology 34, 701-715.

*: equal contribution.


12- Broeckx L.S., Verlinden M.S., Berhongaray G., Zona D., Fichot R., Ceulemans R. (2014) The effect of a dry spring on seasonal carbon allocation and vegetation dynamics in a poplar bioenergy plantation. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 6, 473-487.



11- Barigah T.S., Charrier O., Douris M., Bonhomme M., Herbette S., Ameglio T., Fichot R., Brignolas F., Cochard H. (2013) Water stress induced xylem hydraulic failure is a causal factor of tree mortality in beech and poplar. Annals of Botany 112, 1431-1437.


10- King J.S., Ceulemans R., Albaugh J.M., Dillen S.Y., Domec J.C., Fichot R., Fischer M., Leggett Z., Sucre E., Trnka M., Zenone T. (2013) The challenge of lignocellulosic bioenergy in a water-limited world. BioScience 63, 102-117.


9- Njakou Djomo S., El Kasmioui O., De Groote T., Broeckx L.S., Verlinden M.S., Berhongaray G., Fichot R., Zona D., Dillen S.Y., King J.S., Janssens I.A., Ceulemans R. (2013) Energy and climate benefits of bioelectricity from low-input short rotation woody crops on agricultural land over a two-year rotation. Applied Energy 111, 862-870.


8- Toillon J., Fichot R., Dallé E., Berthelot A., Brignolas F., Marron N. (2013) Planting density affects growth and water-use efficiency depending on site in Populus deltoides × P. nigraForest Ecology and Management 304, 345-354.


7- Zona D., Janssens I., Vicca S., Gioli B., Fichot R., Ceulemans R. (2013) Greenhouse gas fluxes (CO2, N2O, CH4) of a short-rotation poplar plantation converted from agriculture and pasture: impact of land-use change (LUC) and of climate variability. Agricultural Forest Meteorology 169, 100-110.



6- Brignolas F., Paillassa E., Fichot R. (2012) Vers de nouveaux critères de sélection pour la populiculture dans un contexte de climat changeant. Forêt-Entreprise no. 204, mai 2012.



5- Chamaillard S., Fichot R., Vincent-Barbaroux C., Bastien C., Depierreux C., Dreyer E., Villar M., Brignolas F. (2011) Variations in bulk leaf carbon isotope discrimination, growth and related leaf traits among three Populus nigra L. populations. Tree Physiology 31, 1076-1087.


4- Fichot R., Chamaillard S., Depardieu C., Le Thiec D., Cochard H., Barigah T.S., Brignolas F. (2011) Hydraulic efficiency and coordination with xylem resistance to cavitation, leaf function and growth performance among eight unrelated Populus deltoides × Populus nigra hybrids. Journal of Experimental Botany 62, 2093-2106.



3- Fichot R., Barigah T.S., Chamaillard S., Le Thiec D., Laurans F., Cochard H., Brignolas F. (2010) Common trade-offs between xylem resistance to cavitation and other physiological traits do not hold among unrelated Populus deltoides × Populus nigra hybrids. Plant, Cell and Environment 33, 1553-1568.



2- Fichot R., Laurans F., Monclus R., Moreau A., Pilate G., Brignolas F. (2009) Xylem anatomy correlates with gas exchange, water-use efficiency and growth performance under contrasting water regimes: evidence from Populus deltoides × P. nigra hybrids. Tree Physiology 29, 1537-1549.


1- Monclus R., Villar M., Barbaroux C., Bastien C., Fichot R., Delmotte F.M., Delay D., Petit J.M., Bréchet C., Dreyer E., Brignolas F. (2009) Productivity, water-use efficiency and tolerance to moderate water deficit correlate in 33 poplar genotypes from a Populus deltoides × P. trichocarpa F1-progeny. Tree Physiology 29, 1329-1339.