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Damien Formey

Posted by | February 28, 2021


Damien Formey

Job Title:

Research associate


Phone Number:

777 311 5164


Google Scholar Profile


Using the Phaseolus vulgaris / Rhizobium interaction model, the project focuses on the microRNAs and PhasiRNAs regulating the symbiotic nitrogen fixation, from the diffusible factors exchange to the senescence of the symbiotic organs called nodules. Many of these small RNAs are common bean-specific and provide new insights into the co-evolution between the bacteria and their host. The variety of Phaseolus vulgaris genotypes is estimated at several tens of thousands widespread around the world. This pool of common beans represents a powerful tool to investigate the small RNA variability at an intra-specie scale and the influence of these variations on the establishment of symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

Research Areas:

  • Small RNAs
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Symbiosis

Current N-related Projects:

  • The characterization and evolution of the small RNAs involved in the plant-microbe interactions


Formey, D., Martín-Rodríguez J. A., Leija A., Santana O., Quinto C., Cárdenas L., Hernández G. 2016. Regulation of small RNAs and corresponding targets in Nod factor-induced Phaseolus vulgaris root hair cells. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 17(6): 887.

Formey, D., Iñiguez, L. P., Peláez, P., Li, Y.-F., Sunkar, R., Sánchez, F., Reyes JL., Hernández, G. 2015. Genome-wide identification of the Phaseolus vulgaris sRNAome using small RNA and degradome sequencing. BMC Genomics, 16(1):423.

Formey D, Sallet E, Lelandais-Brière C, Ben C, Bustos-Sanmamed P, Niebel A, Frugier F, Combier J, Debellé F, Hartmann C, Poulain J, Gavory F, Wincker P, Roux C, Gentzbittel L, Gouzy J, Crespi M. 2014. The small RNA diversity from Medicago truncatula roots under biotic interactions evidences the environmental plasticity of the miRNAome. Genome Biology. 15(9):457.

Formey D, Molès M, Haouy A, Savelli B, Bouchez O, Bécard G and Roux C, 2012. Comparative analysis of mitochondrial genomes of Rhizophagus irregularis – syn. Glomus irregulare – reveals a polymorphism induced by Variability Generating Elements. New Phytologist. 196(4):1217-27.

Lauressergues D, Delaux PM, Formey D, Lelandais-Brière C, Bécard G, Niebel A, Roux C and Combier JP, 2012. The microRNA miR171h modulates arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization of Medicago truncatula by targeting NSP2. The Plant Journal. 72(3):512-22.

Tisserant E, Kohler A, Dozolme-Seddas P, Balestrini R, Benabdellah K, Colard A, Croll D, Da Silva C, Gomez SK, Koul R, Formey D, et al. 2012. The transcriptome of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus intraradices (DAOM 197198) reveals functional tradeoffs in an obligate symbiont. New Phytologist. 193:755-769

Maillet F, Poinsot V, Andre O, Puech-Pages V, Haouy A, Gueunier M, Cromer L, Giraudet D, Formey D, Niebel A, et al. 2011. Fungal lipochitooligosaccharide symbiotic signals in arbuscular mycorrhiza. Nature. 469:58-63