Dr Julien Lecourt

Tree Physiologist
Department:Crop Science and Production Systems
Tel:+44 (0)1732 843833
DD:+44 (0)1732 523728
Fax:+44 (0)1732 849067

Research Interests

The aim of my research at EMR is to study how pre-harvest factors and management affect plant physiology and post-harvest fruit quality. My key research area is developing new growing systems in the orchard by studying how canopy structure affects light interception and resource partitioning in trees. I will also develop research on “new crops”, especially on grapevine physiology.

I hold a BSc in Plant biology (Caen University, France), a MSc in Plant Physiology and Biotechnologies (Caen University, France) and I recently completed a PhD studying the rootstock effect on nitrogen use efficiency in grafted grapevines (University of Bordeaux, France).

Selected Publications

  • Erwan Le Deunff, Julien Lecourt. (2015). Non-specificity of Ethylene inhibitors: “double edged” tools to find out new targets involved in the root morphogenetic program Plant Biology (Impact Factor: 2.63). 10/2015; DOI: 10.1111/plb.12405 .
  • N Ollat, A Peccoux, D Papura, D Esmenjaud, E Marguerit, JP Tandonnet, L Bordenave, SJ Cookson, F Barrieu, L Rossdeutsch, J Lecourt, V Lauvergeat, P Vivin, PF Bert, Serge Delrot. (2015). Rootstocks as a component of adaptation to an environment (book chapter) Grapevine in a Changing Environment: A Molecular and Ecophysical Perspective. Climate and Environmental Stress, Biotic and Abiotic Factors, 68.
  • J. Lecourt. (2015). Nitrogen is a key element in the control of plant growth French National Society of Horticulture .
  • J. Lecourt. (2014). Rootstock genotype and nitrogen nutrition affect vegetative growth of grafted grapevines.  French National Society of Horticulture.
  • J. Lecourt, V. Lauvergeat, N. Ollat, P Vivin, S.J. Cookson . (2014). Shoot and root ionome responses to nitrate supply in grafted grapevines are rootstock genotype dependent Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research .
  • A. Leblanc, H. Renault, J. Lecourt, P. Etienne, C. Deleu, E. Le Deunff. (2008). Elongation changes of exploratory and root hair systems induced by AVG and ACC affect nitrate uptake and BnNrt2.1 and BnNrt1.1 gene expression in oil seed Rape.  Plant Physiology 146. 1028-1040.