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Anissa LOUNES – HADJ SAHRAOUI is a professor at Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (ULCO) in France. She was born in Algeria in 1967. She received her PhD from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine in Biotechnology and Food Science at the National School of Agronomy and Food Industries in Nancy (France). In 1998, she was appointed lecturer/researcher at ULCO. In 2006, she supported her entitlement to Lead Research (HDR) and was promoted Professor in 2015. She is the leader of the research team “Interaction plant-fungi and remediation IPCR-UCEIV” since 2018. She conducts research activities on the potential use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in the phytomanagement of polluted soils and in the protection of plants against abiotic (pollution, drought, salinity) and biotic (phytopathogenic fungi of cereals) environmental stresses. She develops new channels for valorising biomass produced on polluted soils (such as essential oil production from aromatic plants) and studies the influence of phytotechnologies on soil risk assessment and refunctionalisation through microbiome characterization. Her works, referred both to fundamental and applied aspects, are led from the laboratory scale to field. Her investigations aims at a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in phytoremediation (phyto/rhizodegradation of organic pollutants, phytostabilisation and phytoextraction of trace elements) and in plant defense by using cytological, biochemical and molecular approaches.

Keywords: phytomanagement, polluted soil, valorisation of biomass, ecotoxicology, biocontrol, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi 

Bibliometric information's (Google scholar source - december 2023)

  • Scientific production :
    • 108 international peer-reviewed articles (ACL)
    • 10 book chapters
    • 8 publications in French-speaking peer-reviewed journals
    • 1 technical guide
    • 150 presentations at scientific conferences (80 orals and 70 posters), Participation in the dissemination of scientific culture to the general public (press conferences, TV programmes, interviews).
    • Support for several research projects (PHYTEO, DEPHYTOP, DEFIWAIDE, etc.).
  • Bibliometric indices :
    • Index h: 31
    • Citations: 3680
    • Thesis department: 22 PhD theses (including 18 defended and 4 ongoing)

Significant Publications

  • LANGRAD, A. LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI, J. DUCLERCQ, R. RAVEAU, F. LARUELLE, V. BERT, N. FACON, B TISSERANT, J. FONTAINE. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) Cultivation Combined with Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Inoculation and Steel Slag Application Influences Trace Elements-Polluted Soil Bacterial Functioning. Plants 12: 618, 2023. DOI: 10.3390/plants12030618
  • BENCHERIF K., HASBAYA AMIMA, MISOUMI AHLAM, BOUZEKRI ZOUBIDA, TISSERANT BENOIT,  LOUNÉS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. .. Native Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculum Modulates Growth, Oxidative Metabolism and Alleviates Salinity Stresses in Legume Species. Current Microbiology, 2023, 80 (2), pp.66.
  • BENCHERIF, FREDERIC LARUELLE, BENOIT TISSERANT, YOLANDE DALPÉ, ANISSA LOUNÉS-HADJ SAHRAOUI. Engineering Approach for Production of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculum Adapted to Saline Soil Management. Stresses, 2023, 3 (2), pp.404 – 423. 10.3390/stresses3020030
  • Ducousso-Détrez, A.; Fontaine, J.; Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, A.; Hijri, M. Diversity of Phosphate Chemical Forms in Soils and Their Contributions on Soil Microbial Community Structure Changes. Microorganisms, 2022, 10, 609.
  • RAVEAU, R.; FONTAINE, J.; SOLTANI, A.; MEDIOUNI BEN JEMÂA, J.; LARUELLE, F.; LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI, A. : In Vitro Potential of Clary Sage and Coriander Essential Oils as Crop Protection and Post-Harvest Decay Control Products. Foods 2022, 11, 312, 2022. foods11030312.
  • M. JERBI, S. LABIDI, F. LARUELLE, B. TISSERANT, F. BEN JEDDI, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI. : Mycorrhizal biofertilization improves grain yield and quality of Hulless Barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. nudum L.) under water stress conditions. Journal of Cereal Science, 104, 2022. doi:
  • M. JERBI, S. LABIDI, F. LARUELLE, B. TISSERANT, Y. DALPE, A. LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI, F. BEN JEDDI. : Contribution of native and exotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in improving the physiological and biochemical response of Hulless Barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. nudum L.) to drought. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 2022. DOI:10.1007/s42729-022-00802-2.
  • Amandine Ducousso-Détrez, Robin Raveau, Joel Fontaine, Mohamed Hijri, Anissa Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui. Glomerales Dominate Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Communities Associated with Spontaneous Plants in Phosphate-Rich Soils of Former Rock Phosphate Mining Sites. Microorganisms, 2022, 10 (12), pp.2406.
  • Grignet, A. Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, S. Teillaud, J. FontainE, A. Papin, V. Bert V.   Phytoextraction of Zn and Cd with Arabidopsis halleri: A focus on fertilization and biological amendment as a means of increasing biomass and Cd and Zn concentrations. Environmental Science and Pollution Research29(15), 22675-22686, 2022. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-021-17256-1
  • Akachoud, H. Boumama, N. Facon, F. Laruelle, B. Zoubi, A. Benkebboura, C. Ghoulam, A. Qaddoury A. Lounès – Hadj Sahraoui. 2022. Mycorrhizal Inoculation Improves the Quality and Productivity of Essential Oil Distilled from Three Aromatic and Medicinal Plants: Thymus satureioides, Thymus pallidus, and Lavandula dentata. Agronomy, 12, 2023.
  • FONTAINE J, DUCLERCQ J, FACON N, DEWAELE D, LARUELLE F, TISSERANT B, LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) in Combination with Organic Amendments and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculation: An Efficient Option for the Phytomanagement of Trace Elements-Polluted Soils. Microorganisms. 2022; 10(11):2287.
  • A. LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI, M. CALONNE-SALMON, S. LABIDI, H. MEGLOULI, J. FONTAINE  ; Chapter 3 : Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi-assisted phytoremediation: Concepts, challenges, and future perspectives. In : Assisted PhytoremediationEdited by V. Pandey. Elsevier. 2022. Pp49-100.
  • R Raveau, A Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, J Fontaine. Recent advances in microbial aided phytostabilisation of trace element contaminated soils In Advances in Microbe-assisted Phytoremediation of Polluted Sites. Edited by Kuldeep Bauddh, Ying Ma. Elsevier 2022, p 165-206.
  • A. GRIGNET, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI, S.TEILLAUD, J.FONTAINE, A. PAPIN, V. BERT. : Phytoextraction of Zn and Cd with Arabidopsis halleri: a focus on fertilization and biological amendment as a means of increasing biomass and Cd and Zn concentrations. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2021).
  • RAVEAU R, FONTAINE J, VERDIN A, MISTRULLI L, LARUELLE F, FOURMENTIN S, LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. : Chemical Composition, Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Clary Sage and Coriander Essential Oils Produced on Polluted and Amended Soils-Phytomanagement Approach. Molecules, 2021, 26, 5321.
  • R. RAVEAU, FONTAINE, J., BERT, V., PERLEIN, A., TISSERANT, B., FERRANT, P., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI, A. : In situ cultivation of aromatic plant species for the phytomanagement of an aged-trace element polluted soil: plant biomass improvement options and techno-economic assessment of the essential oil production channel. Sci. Total Environ. 147944, 2021. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147944.
  • RAVEAU, R., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI, A., HIJRI, M., FONTAINE, J. : Clary sage cultivation and mycorrhizal inoculation influence the rhizosphere fungal community of an aged trace-element polluted soil. Microorganisms 9, 1333, 2021. doi:10.3390/microorganisms9061333.
  • PERLEIN, A., ZDANEVITCH, I., GAUCHER, R., ROBINSON, B., PAPIN, A., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI, A., BERT, V. : Phytomanagement of a metal(loid)-contaminated agricultural site using aromatic and medicinal plants to produce essential oils: analysis of the metal(loid) fate in the value chain. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2021.
  • JERBI M., S. LABIDI, B. A. BAHRI, F. LARUELLE, B. TISSERANT, F. BEN JEDDI, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI : Soil properties and climate affect arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbial communities in Mediterranean rainfed cereal cropping systems, Pedobiologia, Volumes 87–88, 2021.
  • HONVAULT N., D. HOUBEN, S. FIRMIN, H. MEGLOULI, F. LARUELLE, J. FONTAINE, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI, A. COUTU, H. LAMBERS, M-P FAUCON, : Interactions between below-ground traits and rhizosheath fungal and bacterial communities for phosphorus acquisition. Funct Ecol. 2021; 00: 1-17.
  • BENCHERIF K., TRODI F., HAMIDI M., DALPÈ Y., LOUNÈS – HADJ SAHRAOUI A. : Biological Overview and Adaptability Strategies of Tamarix Plants, T. articulata and T. gallica to Abiotic Stress. In: Giri B., Sharma M.P. (eds) Plant Stress Biology. Springer, Singapore, 2021.
  • KRZYZANIAK Y., MAGNIN-ROBERT M., RANDOUX B., FONTAINE J., LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. : Combined Use of Beneficial Bacteria and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi for the Biocontrol of Plant Cryptogamic Diseases: Evidence, Methodology, and Limits. In: Shrivastava N., Mahajan S., Varma A. (eds) Symbiotic Soil Microorganisms. Soil Biology, vol 60, 2021. Springer, Cham.
  • RAVEAU, J. FONTAINE, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI Essential Oils as Potential Alternative Biocontrol Products against Plant Pathogens and Weeds: A Review. Foods9(3), 365, 2020. DOI: 10.3390/foods9030365
  • HADJ YOUCEF TAIBI, N. SMAIL-SAADOUN, . LABIDI, K. ABDELLAOUI, M. MAKHLOUF, A. LAOUAR, C. TAGMOUNT BENOUARET, L. REZKI-SEKHI, A. BELKEBIR BOUKAIS,, A. LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI. The Influence of No-till Farming on Durum Wheat Mycorrhization in a Semi-Arid Region: A Long-Term Field Experiment. Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 12, No. 4, 2020. DOI: 10.5539/jas.v12n4p77
  • STEFANI, K. BENCHERIF , S. SABOURIN, A. LOUNES HADJ-SAHRAOUI, C. BANCHINI, S. SÉGUIN, Y. DALPÉ. (2020) Taxonomic assignment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in 18S metagenomic dataset: a case study with the saltcedar (Tamarix aphylla). Mycorrhiza DOI: 10.1007/s00572-020-00946-y
  • YACOUMAS, N. HONVAULT, D. HOUBEN, J. FONTAINE, H. MEGLOULI, F. LARUELLE,  B. TISSERANT,  M.-P. FAUCON,  A. LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI,  S. FIRMIN. Contrasting response of nutrient acquisition traits in wheat grown on bisphenol A-contaminated soils. Water Air Soil Pollut. 231:23, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s11270-019-4383-7
  • MEGLOULI, J. FONTAINE, A. VERDIN, M. MAGNIN-ROBERT, B. TISSERANT, M. HIJRI, A. LounÈs-Hadj Sahraoui. Aided Phytoremediation to Clean Up Dioxins/Furans-Aged Contaminated Soil: correlation between microbial communities and pollutant dissipation. Microorganisms, 7(11), 523;, 2019.
  • CHANGEY, H.MEGLOULI, J. FONTAINE, M. MAGNIN-ROBERT, B. TISSERANT, T. LERCH, A. LounÈs-Hadj Sahraoui. Initial microbial status modulates mycorrhizal inoculation effect on rhizosphere microbial communities. Mycorrhiza, 29, 475-487,2019.
  • EL-ALAM, R. ZGHEIB, M. IRITI, M. EL BEYROUTHY, P. HATTOUNY, A. VERDIN, J. FONTAINE, R. CHAHINE, A. LounÈs-Hadj Sahraoui, H. MAKLOUF : Origanum syriacum essential oil chemical polymorphism according to soil type. Foods, 8(3),90, 2019.
  • H. MEGLOULI, A. LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI, M. MAGNIN-ROBERT, B. TISSERANT, M. HIJRI, J. FONTAINE. Arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculum sources influence bacterial, archaeal, and fungal communities’ structures of historically dioxin/furan-contaminated soil but not the pollutant dissipation rate. Mycorrhiza 28 (2018) 635-650.
  • I. EL-ALAM, A. VERDIN, J. FONTAINE, R. CHAHINE, H. MAKHLOUF, A. LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI. Ecotoxicity evaluation and human risk assessment of an agricultural polluted soil. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2018, 190:738.
  • LABIDI S., FIRMIN S., VERDIN A., BIDAR G., LARUELLE F., DOUAY F., SHIRALI P., FONTAINE J., LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2017) Nature of fly ash amendments differently influences oxidative stress alleviation in four forest tree species and metal trace element phytostabilization in aged contaminated soil: A long-term field experiment. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 138 : 190 – 198.
  • G. Mustafa, N.G. Khong, B. Tisserant, B. Randoux, J. Fontaine, M. Magnin-Robert, PH. Reignault, A. Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui (2017) Defense mechanisms associated with mycorrhiza-induced resistance in wheat against 1 powdery mildew. Funct. Plant Biol., 44 (4), 443-454.
  • LENOIR I., FONTAINE J., TISSERANT B., LARUELLE F., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2017) Beneficial contribution of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus, Rhizophagus irregularis, in the protection of Medicago truncatula roots against benzo[a]pyrene toxicity. Mycorrhiza, 27 : 465-476.
  • I. LENOIR , J. FONTAINE, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI (2016) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal responses to abiotic stresses : a review, Phytochemistry, 123, 4–15.
  • I. LENOIR, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI, F. LARUELLE, Y. DALPE, J. FONTAINE (2016) Arbuscular mycorrhizal wheat inoculation promotes alkane and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon biodegradation: microcosm experiment on aged-contaminated soil. Environ. Pollut., 213, 549-560.
  • I. LENOIR, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI, J. FONTAINE (2016) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal-assisted phytoremediation of persistent organic pollutant-contaminated soils, Eur. J. Soil Sci., 67 (5), 624-640.
  • G. Mustafa, B. Randoux, B. Tisserant, J. Fontaine, M. Magnin-Robert, A. Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, PH. Reignault (2016) Phosphorus supply, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species, and plant genotype impact on the protective efficacy of mycorrhizal inoculation against wheat powdery mildew. Mycorrhiza, 26, 685-697.
  • S.FIRMIN, S. LABIDI, J. FONTAINE, F. LARUELLE, B.TISSERANT, F. NSANGANWIMANA, B. POURRUT, Y. DALPÉ, A. GRANDMOUGIN, F. DOUAY, P. SHIRALI, A.VERDIN, A. LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI (2015) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal inoculation protects Miscanthus × giganteus against trace element toxicity in a highly metal-contaminated site. Science of The Total Environment. 527 : 91 – 99.
  • LABIDI S., FONTAINE J., LARUELLE F., TISSERANT B., DALPE Y., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A., DOUAY F., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI A (2015). Fly ash-aided phytostabilisation of highly trace element polluted topsoils improves the telluric fungal biomass: A long-term field experiment. Applied Soil Ecology, 85, 69-75.
  • LABIDI S, BEN JEDDI F, TISSERANT B, YOUSFI M, SANAA M, DALPÉ Y, LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A (2015) Field application of mycorrhizal bio-inoculants affects the mineral uptake of a forage legume (Hedysarum coronarium L.) on a highly calcareous soil. Mycorrhiza 25 (4) : 297-309.
  • CALONNE M., FONTAINE J., TISSERANT B., DUPRE DE BOULOIS H., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A., DECLERCK S., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2014). Polyaromatic hydrocarbons impair phosphorus transport by the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis. Chemosphere 104: 97-104.
  • CALONNE M., FONTAINE J., DEBIANE D., LARUELLE F., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2014). The arbuscular mycorrhizal Rhizophagus irregularis activates storage lipid biosynthesis to cope with the benzo[a]pyrene oxidative stress. Phytochemistry 97: 30-37.
  • CALONNE M., FONTAINE J., DEBIANE D., LARUELLE F., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2014). Impact of anthracene on the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus lipid metabolism. Botany 92 : 173-178.
  • DEBIANE D., CALONNE M., FONTAINE J., LARUELLE F., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A., LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2012) Benzo[a]pyrene induced lipid changes  in the monoxenic arbuscular mycorrhizal chicory roots. Journal of Hazardous Materials 209-210: 18-26.
  • CALONNE C., LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI A., CAMPAGNAC E., DEBIANE D., LARUELLE F., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A., FONTAINE J. (2011). Propiconazole inhibits the sterol 14-demethylase in Glomus irregulare like in phytopathogenic fungi. Chemosphere 87: 376-383.
  • DEBIANE D., CALONNE M., FONTAINE J., LARUELLE F., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A., LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2011) Lipid content disturbance in the vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal, Glomus irregulare grown in monoxenic conditions under PAHs pollution. Fungal Biology 115 : 782-792.
  • Debiane D., Garçon G., Verdin A, Fontaine J., Durand R., Grandmougin-Ferjani a., Shirali p., Lounes-Hadj SAHRAOUI A. (2009) Mycorrhization alleviates benzo[a]pyrene-induced oxidative stress in an in vitro chicory root model. Phytochemistry 70 : 1421-1427.
  • Debiane D., Garçon G., Verdin A, Fontaine J., Durand R., Grandmougin-Ferjani a., Shirali p., Lounes-Hadj SAHRAOUI A. (2008) In vitro evaluation of the genotoxic and oxidative stress potentials of antrhracene on mycorrhizal chicory roots. Environmental and Experimental Botany 64: 120-127.
  • A. Verdin, A. Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, J. Fontaine, A. Grandmougin-Ferjani, R. Durand (2006) Effects of polyaromatic hydrocarbons on development of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus and contribution of this symbiotic association to pollutant degradation. Mycorrhiza 16:397-405.
  • A. Verdin, A. Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, R. Durand (2004) Degradation of benzo[a]pyrene by mitosporic fungi and extracellular oxidative enzymes. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 53 (2): 65-70.