Université Littoral Cote d’Opale
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Joël Fontaine was born in Béthune (France) in 1971. He obtained his PhD in Fundamental and Applied Biological Sciences in 2001 at the University of the Coastal Opal Coast. After a position as Temporary Teaching and Research Attaché in Calais, he completed a one-year postdoctoral internship in the microbiology unit of the Université Catholique de Louvain La Neuve. In 2004, he was appointed Lecturer at the Université Littoral Cote d’opale where he studied the impact of fungicides inhibiting sterol biosynthesis on mycorrhizal symbiosis as part of the European Fungimyc project (MEST-CT-2004-514213). In 2012, he supported his Habilitation Diriger les Recherches entitled “Impact des fungicides inhibiteurs de la biosynthèse des sterols et des hydrocarbures aromatiques polycycliques sur le métabolisme lipidique des partenaires de la symbiose mycorhizienne arbusculaire” at the Université du Littoral Côte d’opale.

His current research work falls within the general framework of arbuscular plant-mycorrhizal fungal interactions in a context of phytoremediation of historically polluted soils.

The main aspects it studies are: (i) The impact of different pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins furans, metal trace elements, etc.) on the development and lipid metabolism of the partners in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis (ii) The contribution of arbuscular mycorrhization to the protection of plants against oxidative stress induced by these persistent pollutants and the phytoremediation of historically contaminated soils.


  • Number of articles, Web of Science : 23
  • h-index : 13
  • Total Citations : 423


  • CALONNE M., FONTAINE J., DEBIANE D., LARUELLE F., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A. ET LOUNÈS-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. ET LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2014) Impact of anthracene on the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus lipid metabolism. Botany 92: 173-178.
  • CALONNE M., FONTAINE J., TISSERANT B., DUPRÉ DE BOULOIS H., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI A., DECLERCK S. ET LOUNÈS-HADJ SAHRAOUI A. (2014) Polyaromatic hydrocarbons impair phosphorus transport by the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis. Chemosphere 104: 97–104.
  • ZARNOWSKI R., WESTLER W.M., LACMBOUH G.A., MARITAJ.M., BOTHE J.R., BERNHARDT J. , LOUNES-HADJ SAHRAOUI A., FONTAINE J., SANCHEZ H., HATFIELD R.D., NTAMBI J.M., NETT J.E., MITCHELL A.P., ANDES D.R. D. R. (2014). Novel entries in a fungal biofilm matrix encyclopedia. mBio, 5(4):  e01333-14.
  • LABIDI, S., FONTAINE, J., LARUELLE, F., TISSERANT, B., DALPÉ, Y., GRANDMOUGIN-FERJANI, A., DOUAY, F., SAHRAOUI, A. L. H. (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.