Dr. Marie-Lara Bouffaud

Contact / Address

Dr. Marie-Lara Bouffaud

Department of Soil Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 4 | D-06120 Halle/Saale


+49 345 558 5414

Current project

SuppressSOIL - Soil biodiversity and suppressiveness of soil against plant diseases and insect pests

PhytOakmeter - Using clonal oak phytometers to unravel acclimation and adaptation mechanisms of long-lived forest tree holobionts to ecological variations and climate change

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2021

Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ


Maternity leave

Since 2018

Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ

2016 - 2017

Maternity leave

2014 - 2016

German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) 
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ

2012 - 2014

Agroecology Joint Research Unit, INRA Dijon, France

2008 - 2011

PhD Student
Microbial Ecology Research Unit, University Lyon I, France

2006 - 2008

Master of Microbial Ecology 
University Lyon I, France

2002 - 2006

Bachelor of Biology 
University Nice Sophia Antipolis, France


Plant age and soil texture rather than the presence of root hairs cause differences in maize resource allocation and root gene expression in the field. 2022. Ganther, Lippold, Bienert, Bouffaud, Bauer, Baumann, Bienert, Vetterlein, Heintz-Buschart, Tarkka. Plants 11:2883. doi.org/10.3390/plants11212883

Water deficit history selects plant beneficial soil bacteria differently under conventional and organic farming. 2022. Gebauer, Breitkreuz, Heintz-Buschart, Reitz, Buscot, Tarkka, Bouffaud. Frontiers in Microbiology 13:824437. doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.824437

Soil texture, sampling depth and root hairs shape the structure of ACC deaminase bacterial community composition in maize rhizosphere. 2021. Gebauer, Bouffaud, Ganther, Yim, Vetterlein, Smalla, Buscot, Heintz-Buschart, Tarkka. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:616828. doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.616828

Oak displays common local but specific distant gene regulation responses to different mycorrhizal fungi. 2020. Bouffaud, Herrmann, Tarkka, Bönn, Feldhahn, Buscot. BMC Genomics 21:1-15. doi.org/10.1186/s12864-020-06806-5

Co-occurrence of rhizobacteria with nitrogen fixation and/or 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deamination abilities in the maize rhizosphere. 2020. Renoud, Bouffaud, Dubost, Prigent-Combaret, Legendre, Moënne-Loccoz, Muller. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 96:fiaa062. doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiaa062

1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase producers associated to maize and other Poaceae species. 2018. Bouffaud, Renoud, Dubost, Moënne-Loccoz, Muller. Microbiome 6:1-12. doi.org/10.1186/s40168-018-0503-7

Oak genome reveals facets of long lifespan. 2018. Plomion, Aury, Amselem, Leroy, Murat, Duplessis, Faye, Francillonne, Labadie, Le Provost, Lesur, Bartholomé, Faivre-Rampant, Kohler,  Leplé, Chantret, Chen,  Dievart, Alaeitabar, Barbe, Belser, Berges, Bodenes, Bogeat-Triboulot,  Bouffaud, Brachi, Chancerel,  Cohen, Couloux, Da Silva, Dossat, Ehrenmann, Gaspin, Grima-Pettenati, Guichoux, Hecker, Herrmann,  Hugueney, Hummel, Klopp, Lalanne, Lascoux, Lasserre, Lemainque, Desprez-Loustau, Luyten, Madoui, Mangenot, Marchal, Maumus, Mercier, Michotey, Panaud, Picault, Rouhier, Rué, Rustenholz, Salin, Soler, Tarkka, Velt, Zanne, Martin, Wincker, Quesneville, Kremer, Salse. Nature Plants 4:440-452. doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0172-3

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community differences among European long-term observatories. 2017. Bouffaud, Bragalini, Berruti, Peyret-Guzzon, Voyron, Stockinger, van Tuinen, Lumini, Wipf, Plassart, Lemanceau, Bianciotto, Redecker, Girlanda. Mycorrhiza 27:331-343. doi.org/10.1007/s00572-016-0753-9

Soil networks become more connected and take up more carbon as nature restoration progresses. 2017. Morriën, Hannula, Snoek, Helmsing, Zweers, De Hollander, Soto, Bouffaud, Buée, Dimmers, Duyts, Geisen, Girlanda, Griffiths, Jørgensen, Jensen, Plassart, Redecker, Schmelz, Schmidt, Thomson, Tisserant, Uroz, Winding, Bailey, Bonkowski, Faber, Martin, Lemanceau, De Boer, Van Veen, Van Der Putten. Nature communications 8:14349. doi:10.1038/ncomms14349

Indicator species and co-occurrence in communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi at the European scale. 2016. Bouffaud, Creamer, Stone, Plassart van Tuinen, Lemanceau, Wipf, Redecker, Soil Biology and Biochemistry 103:464-470. doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.09.022

Regional-scale analysis of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: the case of the Burgundy vineyards. 2016. Bouffaud, Bernaud, Colombet, van Tuinen, Wipf, Redecker, Journal International des sciences de la vigne et du vin 50:1-8. doi.org/10.20870/oeno-one.2016.50.1.49

Is plant evolutionary history impacting recruitment of diazotrophs and nifH expression in the rhizosphere ? 2016. Bouffaud, Renoud, Moënne-Loccoz, Muller, Scientific Reports 6:21690. doi:10.1038/srep21690

Ecological network analysis reveals the inter-connection between soil biodiversity and ecosystem function as affected by land use across Europe. 2016. Creamer, Hannula, Van Leeuwen, Stone, Rutgers, Schmelz, de Ruiter, Bohse Hendriksen, Bolger, Bouffaud, Buee, Carvalho, Costa, Dirilgen, Francisco, Griffiths, Griffiths, Martin, Martins da Silva, Mendes, Morais, Pereira, Philippot, Plassart, Redecker, Römbke, Sousa, Wouterse, Lemanceau. Applied Soil Ecology 97:112-124. doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2015.08.006

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities and Rhizophagus irregularis populations shift in response to short-term ploughing and fertilisation in a buffer strip. 2016. Peyret-Guzzon, Stockinger, Bouffaud, Farcy, Wipf, Redecker. Mycorrhiza 26:33-46. doi: 10.1007/s00572-015-0644-5

The largest subunit of RNA polymerase II as a new marker gene to study assemblages of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the field. 2014. Stockinger, Peyret-Guzzon, Koegel, Bouffaud, Redecker. Plos One 9: e107783. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0107783

Root microbiome relates to plant host evolution in maize and other Poaceae. 2014. Bouffaud, Poirier, Muller, Moënne-Loccoz, Environmental Microbiology 16:2804-2814. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12442

Cell culturability of Pseudomonas protegens CHA0 depends on soil pH. 2014. Mascher, Hase, Bouffaud, Défago, Moënne-Loccoz. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 87:441-450. doi.org/10.1111/1574-6941.12234

Monitoring the fate of a 30-year-old truffle orchard in Burgundy: from Tuber melanosporum to Tuber aestivum. 2013. Molinier, Bouffaud, Castel, Mounier, Colomber, Recorbet, Frochot, Wipf. Agroforestry Systems 87:1439-1449. doi.org/10.1007/s10457-013-9649-2

Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria and root system functioning. 2013. Vacheron, Desbrosses, Bouffaud, Touraine, Moënne-Loccoz, Muller, Legendre, Wisniewski-Dyé, Prigent-Combaret. Frontiers in Plant Science 4:356. doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2013.00356

Is diversification history of maize influencing selection of soil bacteria by roots? 2012. Bouffaud, Kyselková, Gouesnard, Grundmann, Muller, Moënne-loccoz. Molecular Ecology 21:195-206. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05359.x

Development of a real-time PCR method to quantify the PGPR strain Azospirillum lipoferum CRT1 on maize seedlings. 2010. Couillerot, Bouffaud, Baudoin, Muller, Caballero-Mellado, Moënne-Loccoz. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42:2298-2305. doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2010.09.003