Claire Lavigne

Claire Lavigne

Directeur de recherche


INRAE – Lab. PSH- Horticultural Plants and cropping Systems (UR1115)

228 route de l’aérodrome, Domaine St-Paul - Site Agroparc
CS 40509

84914 Avignon Cedex
Tél. : + 33 4 32 72 26 66


Head deputy INRAE division AgroEcoSystem 2018-2022

Leader of the EPI team 2011-2016 then of the CBC team 2016-2018.

INRA Researcher (CR) since 2005, director of research (DR) since 2012
Accreditation to supervise research (HDR), University Paris-Sud, 2001
Assistant professor, University Paris-Sud, department Ecology, Systematics & Evolution, Orsay (1998-2005)
Post-doc, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University Zurich (1995-1996)

    • Current :I am currently working on conservation biological control. My particular interest is on the spatio-temporal dynamics of agricultural pests and pest enemies at a landscape scale. I am also interested more generally on how landscape features and agricultural practices shape biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. My work includes data collection in commercial orchards, data analyses and modelling. I am interested both in modelling pest dynamics and 2D agricultural field patterns.
    • Past :While at University Paris-Sud, I mainly worked on measuring and modelling pollen dispersal in crop species, particularly maize and oilseed rape in the context of assessing the impacts of the release of GM crops. I was also involved in projects on the evolution of genetic diversity in metapopulations with a view to manage crop genetic diversity for conservation purposes.

 PhD students

2019-2022 L. Etienne: Do landscape structure and landscape level agricultural practices impact pesticide use in orchards and vineyards ? (co-directed with A. Rusch and P. Franck)

2015-2018 B. Collard: Multiscale modelling of the impact of the crop diversity and its spatial arrangement on conservation pest control (co-directed with Ph. Tixier, CIRAD and T. Delattre, PSH).

2015-2018 C. Imbert: Conservation biological control in associations of fruit trees and vegetable crops (Co-directed with F. Warlop, Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique).

2015- 2017 S. Pissonnier: Co-conception of alternative practices for the management of the sanitary and phytosanitary practices in apple producing farms (mostly directed by  P.Y. Le Gal, UMR Innovation, CIRAD).

2014-2016 M. Lefebvre: Pest control by spiders in orchards (Co-directed with P. Franck, PSH and J.M. Ricard, CTIFL).

2010 – 2014 S. Da Silva: Spatial data mining and landscape modelling (co-directed with F. Le Ber, INRIA, France).

2010 – 2013 M. Maalouly: Conservation biological control of pests in heterogeneous landscapes (co-directed P. Franck).

2009 – 2012 C. Boreau: Functional biodiversity in apple orchards (co-directed with B. Symondson, UK).

2006 – 2009 B. Ricci: Spatial dynamics of codling moth in South-Eastern France (co-directed with P. Franck)

2002-2006 - C. Devaux: Long-distance pollen dispersal (co-directed with E. Klein)

1999-2002 - E. Porcher: Evolution of neutral and selected genetic diversity in metapopulations.


2008-2009 and 2012-2018: 1st year Master Agrosciences  « Gestion de la Qualité des Productions Végétales », University Avignon.

1997-2005 : from 1st to 5th year university: population biology, population genetics, statistics and modelling for biologists, University Paris-Sud.


Etienne L, Franck P, Lavigne C, Papaïx J, Tolle P, Ostandie N, Rusch A (2022) Pesticide use in vineyards is affected by semi-natural habitats and organic farming share in the landscape, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 333, 107967.

Bouvier JC, Boivin T, Lavigne C. (2022) Single-row exclusion nets: an alternative pest control method with no detectable impact on breeding bird assemblages in orchards bordered by hedgerows. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 42, 23.

Jeanneret Ph, Aviron S., Alignier A., Lavigne C., Helfenstein J., Herzog F. , Kay S. , Petit S. (2021) Agroecology landscapes. Landscape ecology 36: 2235–2257.

Bouvier, J-C., Boivin, T., Lavigne, C. (2020) Conservation value of pome fruit orchards for overwintering birds in southeastern France. Biodiversity Conservation 29, 3169-3189.

Petit S., Muneret L., Carbonne B., Hannachi M., Ricci B., Rusch A., Lavigne C. (2020) Landscape-scale expansion of agroecology to enhance natural pest control: a systematic review. Advances in ecological research. Advances in Ecological Research, 63, 1-48.

Begg G.S., Cook S.M., Dye R., Ferrante M., Franck P., Lavigne C., Lövei G.L., Mansion-Vaquie A., Pell J.K., Petit S., Quesada N., Ricci B., Birch A.N.E. (2017) A functional overview of conservation biological control. Crop protection 97:145-158.

Lefebvre M., Franck P., Olivares J., Ricard J.-M., Mandrin J.-F., Lavigne C. (2017) Spider predation on rosy apple aphid in conventional, organic and insecticide-free orchards and its impact on aphid populations. Biological Contro l, 104: 57-65.

Miguet P., Fahrig L., Lavigne C. (2017) How to quantify a distance-dependent landscape effect on a biological response. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 1-8.

Lefebvre M., Franck P., Toubon J.-F., Bouvier J.-C., Lavigne C. (2016) The impact of landscape composition on the occurrence of a canopy dwelling spider depends on orchard management. Agriculture, Ecosystems, Environment. 215: 20–29.

Boreau de Roince C., Lavigne C., Mandrin J. F., Rollard C. and Symondson W. O. C. (2013). Early-season predation on aphids by winter-active spiders in apple orchards revealed by diagnostic PCR. Bulletin of Entomological Research 103, 148-154.

Loeuille N., Barot S., Georgelin E., Kylafis G., Lavigne C. (2013) Eco-evolutionary dynamics of agricultural networks: implications for sustainable management. Advances in ecological research 49: 339-393.

Veres A, Petit S, Conord C, Lavigne C (2013) Does landscape composition affect pest abundance and their control by natural enemies? A review.Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 166: 110-117.

Date de modification : 22 juin 2023 | Date de création : 16 juin 2010 | Rédaction : Claire Lavigne