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Benoît Menand

Chargé de recherche CNRS
Laboratoire de génétique et biophysique des plantes (IBEB/UMR7265 CEA-CNRS-AMU)
Campus universitaire de Luminy (Marseille, 13)


  • Adresse : Laboratoire de Génétique et Biophysique des Plantes CEA-CNRS-Université de la Méditerranée 163 Avenue de Luminy 13009 Marseille, France
  • Email : benoit.menandATuniv-amu.fr
  • Tel : 0033 (0) 4 91 82 95 62

Carrière de chercheur

  • Depuis octobre 2007 : responsable de projet  au Laboratoire de Génétique et Biophysique des Plantes, Marseille, France
  • 2002- 2007 : Post-doc dans l'équipe de Liam Dolan, Cell and Developmental Biology Department, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • 1999- 2002 : PhD dans l'équipe de  Christophe Robaglia,  Département d'écophysiologie et microbiologie des plantes, CEA Cadarache, France.
  • 1997- 1998 : Master dans l'équipe d'André Dietrich, Institut de Biologie Moleculaire des Plantes CNRS, Strasbourg, France.
  • 1996 : Stage au laboratoire de Victor Vaillant, INRA Guadeloupe, Petit-Bourg, France.


  • 2008 : HDR (Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches), Université de la Mediterranee, Marseille, France
  • 2002 : PhD in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
  • 1997 : BSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon , France


  • M.-H Montané, and B. Menand (2013) ATP-competitive mTOR kinase inhibitors delay plant growth by triggering early differentiation of meristematic cells but no developmental patterning change. Journal of Experimental Botanydoi : 10.1093/jxb/ert242.
  • Pires, N.D., Yi, K., Breuninger, H., Catarino, B., Menand, B. and Dolan, L. (2013) Recruitment and remodeling of an ancient gene regulatory network during land plant evolution. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 110(23):9571-6. doi : 10.1073
  • G. Yang, K. Yi, N.D. Pires, B. Menand & L. Dolan (2011) RSL genes are sufficient for rhizoid system development in early diverging land plants. Development 138, 2273-81 Download.
  • T. Dobrenel, C. Marchive, R. Sormani, M. Moreau, M. Mozzo, MH. Montané, B. Menand, C. Robaglia, C. Meyer (2011) Regulation of plant growth and metabolism by the TOR kinase. Biochemical Society transactions 2011 39(2) : 477-81.Download
  • K. Yi, B. Menand, E. Bell & L. Dolan (2010). A basic helix-loop-Helix transcription factor controls cell growth in root hairs. Nature Genetics 42, 264-7 Download.
  • M. Floris, H. Mahgoub, E lanet, C. Robaglia & B. Menand (2009) Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in plants during abiotic stress (review). International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 10, 3168-85. Download
  • B. Menand, K. Yi, S. Jouannic, L. Hoffmann, E. Ryan, P. Linstead, D Schaefer & L. Dolan (2007). An ancient mechanism controls the development of cells with a rooting function in land plants. Science. 316(5830):1477-80. Download
  • R. Sormani, Y. Lei, B. Menand, N. Ennar, C. Lecampion, C. Meyer & C. Robaglia (2007). Saccharomyces cerevisiae FKBP12 binds Arabidopsis thaliana TOR and its expression in plants leads to rapamycin susceptibility. BMC Plant Biololy 7, 26.Download
  • B. Menand, G. Calder & L. Dolan (2007). Both chloronemal and caulonemal cells expand by tip growth in the moss Physcomitrella patens. Journal of Experimental Botany 58(7), 1843-1849.Download
  • C. Robaglia, B. Menand, Y. Lei, R. Sormani, M. Nicolai, C. Gery, D. Deprost & C. Meyer (2004) Plant growth : the translational connection. Biochemical Society Transactions 32, 581-584. Download
  • A. Duprat, C. Caranta, F. Revers, B. Menand, K. S. Browning & C. Robaglia (2002) The Arabidopsis eucaryotic initiation factor (iso)4E is dispensable for plant growth but required for susceptibility to potyviruses. The Plant Journal 32(6), 927-934.Download
  • B. Menand, T. Desnos, L. Nussaume, F. Berger, D. Bouchez, C. Meyer & C. Robaglia (2002) Expression and disruption of the Arabidopsis TOR (Target of Rapamycin) gene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 99, 6422-6427.Download
  • G. Souciet, B. Menand, J. Ovesna, A. Cosset, A. Dietrich & H. Wintz. (1999) Characterization of two bifunctional Arabidopsis thaliana genes coding for mitochondrial and cytosolic forms of valyl-tRNA synthetase and threonyl-tRNA synthetase by alternative use of two in frame AUGs. European Journal of Biochemistry 266 (3), 848-854. Download
  • I. Small, K. Akashi, A. Chapron, A. Dietrich, A.-M. Duchêne, D. Lancelin, L. Maréchal-Drouard, B. Menand, H. Mireau, Y. Moudden, J. Ovesna, N. Peeters, W. Sakamoto, G. Souciet & H. Wintz (1999) The strange evolutionary history of plant mitochondrial tRNAs and their aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. Journal of Heredity 90 (3), 333-337. Download
  • B. Menand, L. Maréchal-Drouard, W. Sakamoto, A. Dietrich & H. Wintz (1998) A single gene of chloroplast origin codes for mitochondrial and chloroplastic methionyl-tRNA synthetase in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 95, 11014-11019. Download
  • Book Chapters :
  • R. Horn*, Y. Keke*, B. Menand*, M. Pernas-Ochoa*, S. Takeda*, T. Walker* & L. Dolan (* authors contributed equally to this work) (2009) Root Epidermal Development in Arabidopsis. In Annual Plant Reviews 37 : Root development.
  • B. Menand, & C. Robaglia (2004) Plant cell growth. In Cell growth : control of cell size, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, NY (éditeurs : M. N. Hall, M. Raff & G. Thomas) vol 42, 625-397.
  • B. Menand, C. Meyer & C. Robaglia (2004) Plant growth control and the TOR pathway. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology 279, 97-113.
  • Oral Communications
  • Conférence Jacques Monod, Evolution of plant developmental regulatory mechanisms. Roscoff, 30 avril - 4 Mai 2011. Integration between environmental stress and growth in the moss Physcomitrella patens.
  • 2ème séminaire du réseau EFOR sur l'études fonctionnelles chez les organismes modèles. Paris, 14-15 février 2011. Physcomitrella patens : une mousse qui combine des atouts technologiques et une position clef dans l'évolution des plantes
  • 15th Evolutionary Biology Meeting, Marseille 27-30 Septembre 2011. Evolution of land plant development and its integration with the environment
  • Journée Evo-Devo 2009, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 11 juin 2009 Evolution de l'intégration entre la réponse à l'environnement et le développement des plantes terrestres.
  • Second International Symposium of the Global COE project "The evolution and diversity of organisms" Kyoto, 21-22 Novembre 2008. Evolution of land plant adaptation to environnemental stress .
  • Moss/FESPB 2008 Conference, Tampere, Finland, 15-17 Août 2008. Evolution of the target of rapamycin (TOR) signalling pathway in land plant.
  • Evolution and Development Seminar Series of the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. 7 November 2007. Evolution of the development of cells with a rooting function in land plant.
  • Moss 2007 Meeting, Korea University, Seoul, 2-5 August 2007. Land plant evolution : insight from cells with a rooting function
  • Joint meeting of the Genetic Society and the British Societies for Cell and Developmental Biology, Edinburgh, 29 march - 1 April 2007. Making a polar cell with a conserved tool box.
  • John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. Annual Science Meeting. 18 october 2006. Land plant evolution : the roots of hair cell development.
  • School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London (invited by L. Bögre), 18 october 2002. Arabidopsis thaliana TARGET OF RAPAMYCIN (AtTOR), the homolog of a kinase controlling cell growth in eucaryotes.
  • ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zürich (invited by K. Apel), 21 july 1998. Study of the intracellular targeting of plant aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases.

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