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Joël Fontaine was born in Béthune in 1971. He obtained his PhD in Fundamental and Applied Biological Sciences in 2001 at the Université du Littoral Côte d’opale. After a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the microbiology unit of the Université Catholique de Louvain La Neuve, he was appointed in 2004 as a Lecturer at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale. In 2012, he is supporting his Habilitation Diriger les Recherches entitled “Impact of fungicide inhibitors of sterol biosynthesis and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the lipid metabolism of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis partners”.

Currently a University Professor in the Plants-Fungus Interactions and Remediation team, his research activities are focused on the development of techniques using plant species to contain, extract or degrade organic and inorganic pollutants present in the soil. He is interested in the mechanisms that control the dynamics of pollutants in the rhizosphere and the role of the microbiota, and in particular that of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, in the remediation of polluted soils. From the laboratory to the workshop site scale, his work integrates technical, environmental and economic aspects and leads to the development of new ways of valorizing the biomass produced on polluted soils within the framework of the phytomanagement of historically polluted sites and soils.



  • Langrand, J., Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, A., Duclercq, J., Raveau, R., Laruelle, F., Bert, V., & Fontaine, J. (2023). Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) Cultivation Combined with Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Inoculation and Steel Slag Application Influences Trace Elements-Polluted Soil Bacterial Functioning. Plants, 12(3), 618.
  • Fontaine, J., Duclercq, J., Facon, N., Dewaele, D., Laruelle, F., Tisserant, B., & Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, A. (2022). Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) in Combination with Organic Amendments and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculation: An Efficient Option for the Phytomanagement of Trace Elements-Polluted Soils. Microorganisms, 10(11), 2287.
  • Ducousso-Détrez, A., Raveau, R., Fontaine, J., Hijri, M., & Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, A. (2022). Glomerales Dominate Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Communities Associated with Spontaneous Plants in Phosphate-Rich Soils of Former Rock Phosphate Mining Sites. Microorganisms, 10(12), 2406.
  • Raveau, R., Fontaine, J., Bert, V., Perlein, A., Tisserant, B., Ferrant, P., & Sahraoui, A. L. H. (2021). 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. Science of the Total Environment, 789, 147944.