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Profil de Martina RICKAUER

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Institution : INPT

Statut / status: Enseignant chercheur

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UMR 4552 Ecolab, ENSAT
Pôle de Biotechnologie Végétale
18 chemin de Borde Rouge
BP 32607 Auzeville
31326 Castanet-Tolosan

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Martina Anna Maria

born 26 July 1957 in München, Germany


Professor in Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Plant Pathology,  National Polytechnical Institut in Toulouse, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de  Toulouse (ENSAT)


Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, obtained at the University of Toulouse, March 2003

Theme : Cellular surfaces and signaling in the interaction between Tobacco and Phytophthora parasitica var.nicotianae, the causal agent of black shank disease

Doctor rerum naturae (Ph.D.) in Plant Physiology, obtained at the University of  Regensburg (Germany), under supervision of Professor W. TANNER, with "magna cum laude", in 1986.

Title : Amino acid uptake in roots of Phaseolus vulgarisa nd role of calcium.

Diploma rerum naturae in Plant Physiology, obtained at the University  of Regensburg (Germany), under supervision of Professor W. TANNER, in 1982.

Title : Role of glycoproteins in the cell cycle of Chlorella vulgaris.


2004 - appointed Professor at INP-ENSAT

1990 - appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Toulouse III

1987 - 1990 Post-doc in the group of  Professor M.T. ESQUERRE-TUGAYE, Department of

          Plant Physiology, University of Toulouse, France

1986 - Doctor rerum naturae (Ph.D.) in Plant Physiology, University of Regensburg  (Germany)

1982 - Diploma rerum naturae in Plant Physiology, University of Regensburg  (Germany)

1977 - 1981 Studies of Biology at the University of Regensburg  (Germany)

Research Interests

Genetic control and molecular mechanisms of disease resistance in plants,notably in the model legume plant Medicago truncatula, against fungal root pathogens such as Verticillium, Fusarium. Biodiversity of plant-pathogen interactions.

Responsible of the last year's specialisation "AgroBioSciences Végétales (ABSV)" at ENSAT.

Member of the International Relations team at ENSAT (n+i network, student exchange with Germany and Austria)

Main/Recent publications

Publications in peer-reviewed international journals

Gentzbittel L, Ben C, Mazurier M, Shin MG, Lorenz T, Rickauer M, Marjoram P, Nuzhdin SV, Tatarinova TV, 2018. WhoGEM: an admixture-based prediction machine accurately predicts quantitative functional functional traits in plants.Genome Biology, accepté,

Mahiout D., Bendahmane B.S., Youcef Benkada M., Mekouar H., Berrahal N.,Rickauer M., 2018. First report of Colletotrichum gleosporoides on citrus in Algeria, Phytopathol. Medit., 57 (2), 355-359

Mabrouk Y, Charaabi  K, Mahiout D,Rickauer M, Belhadj O, 2018. Evaluation of chickpea irradiation mutants for Resistance to Ascochyta Blight in Controlled Environment. Braz. J. Bot. 41(2), 311-318. DOI: 10.1007/s40415-018-0458-8

Yamchi A, Ben C, Rossignol M, Zareie SR, Mirlohi A, Sayed-Tabatbaei BE, Pichereaux C, Sarrafi A, Rickauer M,Gentzbittel L, 2018. Proteomics analysis of Medicago truncatula response to infection by the phytopathogenic bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum points to jasmonate and salicylate defence pathways. Cell. Microbiol. 2018;e12796.

Toueni M, Ben C, Le Ru A, Gentzbittel L, Rickauer M, 2016. Quantitative resistance to Verticillium wilt in Medicago truncatula involves eradication of the fungus from roots and is associated with transcriptional responses related to innate immunity. New Frontiers in Plant Science,

Mahiout D, Bendahmane BS, Youcef Benkada M, Rickauer M, 2015. Physiological Characterisation of Ascochyta rabiei(Pass.) Lab. Isolated from Diseased Chickpea Fields in Six Regions of Northwestern Algeria.  American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 15 (6): 1136-1146.

Rahoui S, Martinez Y, Sakouhi L, Chaoui A, Rickauer m, Ben C, gentzbittel L, El Ferjani E. 2016. Cadmium-induced changes in antioxidative systems and differentiation in roots of contrasted Medicago truncatula lines. Protoplasma 254: 473-489

Gentzbittel L, Andersen S.U., Ben C., Rickauer M., Stougaard J, Young ND., 2015. Naturally occurring biodiversity helps to reveal genes of adatptive importance in legumes. Frontiers Plant Sci. doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00269

Rahoui, S., Chaoui, A., Ben, C., Rickauer, M., Gentzbittel, El Ferjani, E., 2015. Effect of cadmium pollution on mobilization of embryo reserves in seedlings of six contrasted Medicago truncatulalines. Phytochemistry111, 98-106

Rahoui, S., Ben, C., Gentzbittel, L., Martinez, Y., Chaoui, A., Yamchi, A., Rickauer, M., El Ferjani, E., 2014. Oxidative injury and antioxidant genes regulation in roots of six Medicago truncatulagenotypes in response to cadmium treatment. Environ. Sci. Poll. Res.,21(13), 8070-8083.

Negahi A., Ben C., Gentzbittel L., Maury P.,   Ebrahimi A., Nabipour RA, Sarrafi, A., Rickauer M., 2013. Quantitative trait loci associated with resistance to a potato isolate of Verticillium albo-atrum in Medicago truncatula. Plant Pathology, 63 (2), 308-315.

Ben C. , Toueni M. , Montanari S. , Tardin M.C., Fervel M., Negahi A. , Saint-Pierre L., Mathieu G., Gras M.C., Noël D., Prospéri J.M., Pilet-Nayel M.L., Baranger A., Huguet T., Julier B., Rickauer M.,  Gentzbittel L., 2013.  Natural diversity in the model legume Medicago truncatula allows identifying distinct genetic mechanisms conferring partial resistance to Verticillium wilt. J. Exp. Bot,64, 317-332.

Negahi A, Sarrafi  A., Ebrahimi A., Maury P., Prospéri  J.M., Ben C., Rickauer M., 2013. Genetic variability of tolerance to Verticillium albo-atrumandVerticillium dahliaein Medicago truncatula. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 136, 135-143

Saeidi, G., Rickauer, M., Gentzbittel, L., 2012. Tolerance for cadmium pollution in a core-collection of the model legume, Medicago truncatulaL. at seedling stage. Aust. J. Crop Sci.6, 641-648

Ramirez-Suero M., Khanshour A., Martinez Y., Rickauer M., 2010. A study on the susceptibility of the model legume plant Medicago truncatulato the soil-borne pathogen Fusarium oxysporum. Eur J Plant Pathol. 126, 517- 530.

Tadja A, Youcef-Benkada M, , Rickauer M,  Bendahmane S, Bankhelifa M (2009). Characterization of Ascochyta as Pathological Species of Pea (Pisum sativum L.) at the North-West of Algeria. J. Agron. 8, 100-106

Abou Al Fadil T., Jauneau A., Martinez Y., Rickauer M., Dechamp-Guillaume G., 2009. Characterisation of sunflower root colonisation by Phoma macdonaldii. Eur J Plant Pathol.124, 93-103

GAULIN E., HAGET N., KHATIB M., HERBERT C., RICKAUER M., BOTTIN A., 2007. Transgenic sequences are frequently lost in Phytophthora parasiticatransformants without reversion of the silenced state. Can J Microbiol.58, 152-157.

GAULIN E., DRAME N., LAFITTE C., TORTO-ALALIBO T., MARTINEZ Y., AMELINE-TORREGROSA C., KHATIB M., MAZARGUIL H, VILLALBA-MATEOS F., KAMOUN S., MAZARS C., DUMAS B., BOTTIN A., ESQUERRE-TUGAYE M.T.,  RICKAUER M., 2006. Cellulose-Binding Domains of a Phytophthoracell wall protein are novel pathogen-associated molecular patterns, Plant Cell18, 1766-1777.

Hewezi T., Mouzeyar S., Thion L., Rickauer M., Alibert G., Nicolas P., Kallerhoff J. , 2006. Antisense expression of a NBS-LRR sequence in sunflower (Helianthus annuusL.) and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacumL.): Evidence for a dual role in plant development and fungal resistance. Transgenic Res.13, 165-180

Khatib M., Lafitte C., Esquerré-Tugayé M.T., Bottin A., Rickauer M. 2004. The CBEL elicitor of Phytophthora parasiticavar . nicotianaeactivates defence in Arabidopsis thalianavia three different signalling pathways. New Phytologist162,  501- 510.

GAULIN E., JAUNEAU A., VILLALBA F., RICKAUER M., ESQUERRé-TUGAYé M.T. et BOTTIN A. 2002 The CBEL elicitor of Phytophthora parasiticavar. nicotianaeis involved in attachment to cellulose and cell wall deposition. J. Cell Sci.115, 4565-4575.

Bottin A., Larche L., Villalba F., Gaulin E., Esquerré-Tugayé M.T., and Rickauer M., 1999. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) as gene expression reporter and vital marker for studying development and microbe-plant interaction in the tobacco pathogen Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae. FEMS Lett.176, 51-56.

Véronési C., Pouénat M.L., RIckauer M., and Esquerré-Tugayé M.T., 1999. Regulation of tobacco lipoxygenase by methyl jasmonate and fatty acids. Compte Rendu Acad. Sci. Paris,322, 491-497.

VILLALBA MATEOS F., RICKAUER M. and ESQUERRé-TUGAYé M.T., 1997. Cloning and characterization of a cDNA encoding an elicitor of Phytophthora parasiticanicotianae which shows cellulose binding and lectin-like activities.Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact.10, 1045-1053.

SEJALON-DELMAS N., VILLALBA MATEOS F., BOTTIN A., RICKAUER M. DARGENT R. and ESQUERRé-TUGAYé M.T., 1997. Purification, elicitor activity and cell wall localization of a glycoprotein from Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae, a fungal pathogen of tobacco. Phytopathology87, 899-909.

RICKAUER M., BRODSCHELM W.,  BOTTIN A., VERONESI C. GRIMAL H., and ESQUERRé-TUGAYé M.T., 1997. The jasmonate pathway is involved differentially in the regulation of different defence responses in Tobacco cells. Planta202, 155-162.

VERONESI C., RICKAUER M., FOURNIER J., POUENAT M.L. and ESQUERRé-TUGAYé M.T., 1996. Lipoxygenase gene expression in the Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)-Phytophthora parasitica nicotianaeinteraction. Plant Physiol.112, 997-1004.

SEJALON N., VILLALBA F., BOTTIN A., RICKAUER M., DARGENT R. and ESQUERRE-TUGAYE M.T. 1995. Characterization of a cell-surface antigen isolated from the plant pathogen Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae. Can. J. Bot.,73, 1104-1108.

Véronési c., Fournier J., Rickauer M., Marolda M. and Esquerré-Tugayé M.T., 1995. Nucleotide sequence of an elicitor-induced tobacco lipoxygenase cDNA. Plant Physiol.,108, 1342.

ROUX C., MAZAU D., RICKAUER M., FOURNIER J., BERTHALON E. and ESQUERRé-TUGAYé M.T., 1994. Hydroxyproline-containing fragments in the cell wall of Phytophthora parasitica.Phytochemistry,35, 591-595.

FOURNIER J., POUENAT M.L., RICKAUER M., RABINOVITCH-CHABLE H., RIGAUD M. and ESQUERRE-TUGAYE M.T., 1993. Purification and characterization of elicitor-induced  lipoxygenase in tobacco cells. Plant J.3, 63-70.

RICKAUER M., BOTTIN A. and ESQUERRé‑TUGAYé M.T., 1992. Regulation of proteinase inhibitor production in tobacco cells by fungal elicitors, hormonal factors and methyl jasmonate. Plant Physiol. Biochem.30,579-584.

RICKAUER M., FOURNIER J., POUENAT M.L., BERTHALON E., BOTTIN A. and  ESQUERRE‑TUGAYE M.T., 1990. Early changes in ethylene synthesis and lipoxygenase activity during defense induction in tobacco cells. Plant Physiol. Biochem.,28 (5) 647‑653.

RICKAUER M., FOURNIER J. and ESQUERRE‑TUGAYE M.T., 1989. Induction of proteinase inhibitors in tobacco cell suspension culture by elicitors of Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotiana. Plant Physiol.,90, 1065‑1070.

RICKAUER M. and TANNER W., 1986. Effects of calcium on amino acid transport and accumulation in roots of Phaseolus vulgaris. Plant Physiol.82, 42-46.

QUIGLEY F., RICKAUER M. and TANNER W., 1984. Protein N-glycosylation and its possible role in the cell cycle of Chlorella. Plant Sci. Lett.35, 43-49.


Other publications 


In national journals 

RICKAUER M. 2005. Les éliciteurs de défense des plantes – concepts et applications. Les Notes de l'ASEDIS-SO, 40, 1-7


Book chapters


ESQUERRE‑TUGAYE M.T., FOURNIER J., RICKAUER M. and POUENAT M.L., 1989. Signals and defense responses associated with the race‑specific interaction between tobacco and Phytophthora parasitica nicotianae.In. Molecular Signals in Plants and Plant‑Microbe Interactions. B.J.J. Lugtenberg ed., Springer Verlag, pp. 409‑414.

ESQUERRE‑TUGAYE M.T., FOURNIER J., MAZAU D., MOULY A., POUENAT M.L., RICKAUER M., RUMEAU D. and SANCAN J.P., 1990. Cellular and molecular approaches of defense in plants. In. Signal Perception and Transduction in Higher Plants. A. Boudet and R. Ranjeva eds., Springer Verlag Berlin, 273‑280.

BARTHE J.P., BOTTIN A., BOUDART G., DECHAMP-GUILLAUME G., FAUCHER C., FOURNIER J., LAFITTE C., MAZAU D., POUENAT M.L., RICKAUER M., RUMEAU D., VERONESI C. and ESQUERRE-TUGAYE M.T., 1991. Signalling phenomena in plant-microorganism interactions : two key enzymes. In. Plant Science Today. Y. de Kouchkovsky ed., INRA editions, Paris, pp 229-230.

ESQUERRE-TUGAYE M.T., FOURNIER J. and RICKAUER M., 1992. Altered patterns of proteins synthesis : their significance in defence and growth. In. Plant Responses to Foliar Pests and Pathogens. P.G. Ayres ed., Bios Scientific Publishers Ltd., Oxford, pp 57-67.

ESQUERRE-TUGAYE M.T., BOTTIN A., RICKAUER M., SANCAN J.P., FOURNIER J. and POUENAT M.L., 1993. Ethylene in early signalling phenomena at the plant-microorganism interface. In. Cellular and Molecular aspects of the plant hormone ethylene. J.C. Pech, A. Latché and C. Balagué, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp. 217-222.

ESQUERRE-TUGAYE M.T., FOURNIER J., POUENAT M.L., VERONESI C., RICKAUER M. and BOTTIN A., 1993. Lipoxygenases in plant signalling. In Mechanisms of Plant Defense Responses. B. Fritig and M. Legrand, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp 202-210.

VERONESI C., FOURNIER J., RICKAUER M., POUENAT M.L. and ESQUERRE-TUGAYE M.T., 1995. Cloning of an elicitor-induced lipoxygenase cDNA from tobacco. In. Plant Lipid Metabolism. J.C. Kader and P. Mazliak, eds, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp 286-288.

Biodiversity of Verticillium in Iran and resistance to iranian Verticillium strains in Medicago truncatula

Genetic control of Cadmium tolerance in Medicago truncatula

2nd year at ENSAT (M1 level):

Plant breeding and biotechnology

Plant Biotechnology

Scientific and technological information (for students from abraod)

Master AgrofoodChain M1 level (all english):

Plant Biotechnology

3rd year at ENSAT (M2 level)

Plants for health and well-being

Plant pathology

La Prépa de l'INP:

Plant nutrition

* Member of the French Society for Phytopathology (SFP)

* Member of the French Society for Biotechnology (SFB)

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