Prof. Dr. Juliette de Meaux

Research focus

Our research combines experimental measures of functional variation with the signature of selection at molecular and population levels in plants. From the analysis of single genes or QTLs underpinning adaptive traits such as microbe detection or life history, our work progressively incorporated genomic approaches, particularly the analysis of allele-specific expression, to identify the footprint of polygenic selection in gene expression data, stress responses, and complex traits. We are now including ecology into our analysis of molecular evolution and tackle questions related to endangered species, interspecific introgression, urban ecology, and landscape genomics.

Most important publications

  1. Schmitz G, Linstädter A, Frank ASK, Dittberner H, Thome J, Schrader A, Linne von Berg K-H, Fulgione A, Coupland G, de Meaux J (2024) Environmental filtering of life-history trait diversity in urban populations of Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Ecology 112(1):14-27. doi:
  2. Le Veve A, Burghgraeve N, Genete M, Lepers-Blassiau C, Takou M, de Meaux J, Mable BK, Durand E, Vekemans X, Castric V (2023) Long-Term Balancing Selection and the Genetic Load Linked to the Self-Incompatibility Locus in Arabidopsis halleri and A. lyrata. Mol Biol Evol 40(6). doi: 10.1093/molbev/msad120.
  3. Dittberner H, Tellier A, de Meaux J (2022) Approximate Bayesian Computation Untangles Signatures of Contemporary and Historical Hybridization between Two Endangered Species. Mol Biol Evol 39(2). doi: 10.1093/molbev/msac015.
  4. Wieters B, Steige KA, He F, Koch EM, Ramos-Onsins SE, Gu H, Guo YL, Sunyaev S, de Meaux J (2021) Polygenic adaptation of rosette growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genet 17(1):e1008748. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008748.
  5. Takou M, Hämälä T, Koch EM, Steige KA, Dittberner H, Yant L, Genete M, Sunyaev S, Castric V, Vekemans X, Savolainen O, de Meaux J (2021) Maintenance of Adaptive Dynamics and No Detectable Load in a Range-Edge Outcrossing Plant Population. Molecular Biology and Evolution 38(5):1820-1836. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msaa322.
  6. He F, Steige KA, Kovacova V, Gobel U, Bouzid M, Keightley PD, Beyer A, de Meaux J (2021) Cis-regulatory evolution spotlights species differences in the adaptive potential of gene expression plasticity. Nat Commun 12(1):3376. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-23558-2.
  7. Takou M, Wieters B, Kopriva S, Coupland G, Linstadter A, de Meaux J (2019) Linking genes with ecological strategies in Arabidopsis thaliana. J Exp Bot 70(4):1141-1151. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ery447.
  8. Dittberner H, Becker C, Jiao W-B, Schneeberger K, Hölzel N, Tellier A, de Meaux J (2019) Strengths and potential pitfalls of hay transfer for ecological restoration revealed by RAD-seq analysis in floodplain Arabis species. Molecular Ecology 28(17):3887-3901. doi:
  9. Bouzid M, He F, Schmitz G, Hausler RE, Weber APM, Mettler-Altmann T, de Meaux J (2019) Arabidopsis species deploy distinct strategies to cope with drought stress. Ann Bot 124(1):27-40. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcy237.
  10. Dittberner H, Korte A, Mettler-Altmann T, Weber APM, Monroe G, de Meaux J (2018) Natural variation in stomata size contributes to the local adaptation of water-use efficiency in Arabidopsis thaliana. Mol Ecol 27(20):4052-4065. doi: 10.1111/mec.14838.