PhD, Engineer, Soil bio-physicist, IRD

Address: iEES-Paris c/o Soils and Fertilisers Research Institute (SFRI), Duc Thang Ward, Northern Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam (Postal address: IRD c/o Ambassade de France, 57 Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi, Vietnam)

Phone/Fax: +84 (0)163 376 59 33

Email: jean-luc.maeght|DONTWANTSPAM|

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Main fields of research and expertise

Over the last 30 years, Jean-Luc Maeght worked at national and international levels, in several countries (France, Mauritania, Senegal, Thailand, Lao PDR), in multi-disciplinary teams, in agronomy, soil conservation, biophysic, ecology and natural resources. He worked also on scientific instrumentation and experimental techniques on root images acquisitions. His key qualifications are: soil science and biophysic (physicochemical characteristics of the soil, hydrological assessment, study of degraded and submerged soil), plant ecology (rice crop, rubber tree, teak tree, roots development in Forestry and Agroforestry), and engineering (root images process, data acquisition and automatic transfer – use of data logger and sensors). His current activities within team research interests include (i) investigating the links between land use, root growth dynamics and soil erosion in the mountain environments of Northern Lao PDR and Northern Vietnam, (ii) understanding root-soil interactions and crop-intercrop competition processes in rubber tree plantations of NE Thailand and agroforestry system in France, (iii) investigating the long term impact of agricultural practices and drought on under teak plantation, in Northern Lao PDR and on land use change from cultivated to natural re-growth vegetation in Northern Vietnam. (h-index WoS =12, with more than 500 citations of research)


Recent publications (2014-2018)

Julien Demenois, Fabian Carriconde, Pauline Bonaventure, Jean-Luc Maeght, Alexia Stokes, Freddy Rey . Impact of plant root functional traits and associated mycorrhizas on the aggregate stability of a tropical Ferralsol. Geoderma 312 (2018) 6–16.

Awaz Mohamed, Yogan Monnier, Zhun Mao, Guillaume Lobet, Jean-Luc Maeght, Merlin Ramel and Alexia Stokes (2017); An evaluation of inexpensive methods for root image acquisition when using rhizotrons . Mohamed et al. Plant Methods  13:11 DOI 10.1186/s13007-017-0160-z

John H. Kim, James Metayer, Anneke de Rouw , Mario Villatoro Sanchez , Yan Wang , and Alexia Stokes, Thierry Fourcaud, Christophe Jourdan , Jean-Luc Maeght , Zhun Mao, Louise Meylan, Alain Pierret, Bruno Rapidel, Olivier Roupsard. (2017) Vegetation as a driver of temporal variations in slope stability: The impact of hydrological processes. Geophysical Research letters, 44 :10,  DOI: 10.1002/2017GL073174

Manivanh, A. Pierret, S. Rattanavong, O. Kounnavongsa, Y. Buisson, I. Elliott, J.-L. Maeght, K. Xayyathip, J. Silisouk, M. Vongsouvath, R. Phetsouvanh, P. N. Newton, G. Lacombe, O. Ribolzi, E. Rochelle-Newall & D. A. B. Dance. Burkholderia pseudomallei in a lowland rice paddy: seasonal changes and influence of soil depth and physico-chemical properties. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 3031 (2017). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-02946-z

E-Books  – Achim Brauning, Andreas Bolte, Cristina Nabais, Sergio Rossi and Ute Sass-Klaassen. Studying tree responses to extreme events, Frontiers 2017 , P 256 , Maeght Jean-Luc, Clément Corentin, Gonkhamdee Santimaitree, Isarangkool Na Ayutthaya Supat, Stokes Alexia, Pierret Alain. Seasonal patterns of fine root production and turnover in a mature rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis Müll. Arg.) stand – differentiation with soil depth and implications for soil carbon stocks

Pierret A., Maeght J.-L., Clement C., Montoroi J.-P., Hartmann C., Gonkhamdee S. (2016) Understanding deep roots and their functions in ecosystems: an advocacy for more unconventional research. Annals of Botany, 118: 621-635I.

Montoroi Jean-Pierre, Pierret Alain, Maeght Jean-Luc, Chintachao Worraphan, Chenyapanich Somjai and Srisuk Kriengsak. Some Convincing Evidences of a Deep Root System Within an Interfluve Aquifer of Northeast Thailand. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Volume 44. DOI 10.1088/1755-1315/44/5/052057

Maeght Jean-Luc, Clément Corentin, Gonkhamdee Santimaitree, Isarangkool Na Ayutthaya Supat, Stokes Alexia, Pierret Alain .Seasonal patterns of fine root production and turnover in a mature rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis Müll. Arg.) stand – differentiation with soil depth and implications for soil carbon stocks. Frontiers in Plant Science 2015 , DOI=10.3389/fpls.2015.01022

Prieto · C. Roumet · R. Cardinael · C. Dupraz · C. Jourdan · J. H. Kim · Jean-Luc Maeght · Z. Mao · Alain Pierret · N. Portillo · O. Roupsard · C. Thammahacksa · A. Stokes. Root functional parameters along a land-use gradient : evidence of a community-level economics spectrum.(2015) Journal of Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12351

Phongthep Hanpattanakit; Monique Y. Leclerc; Andrew M. S. Mcmillan; Pitayakorn Limtong ; Jean-Luc Maeght ; Samreong Panuthai; Kazuyuki Inubushi; Amnat Chidthaisong. (2015) Multiple timescale variations and controls of soil respiration in a tropical dry dipterocarp forest, western Thailand (2015) Plant and soil .   DOI 10.1007/s11104-015-2386-8

Jean-luc Maeght · Alain Pierret , Le rôle méconnu des racines profondes, Sciences au Sud  02-2015.

Yves Buisson · Sayaphet Rattanavong · Valy Keoluangkhot · Khamsing Vongphayloth · Loungnilanh Manivanh · Rattanaphone Phetsouvanh · Alain Pierret · Jean-Luc Maeght · Vanaporn Wuthiekanun · Paul N. Newton · David A. B. Dance, Melioidosis in Laos , 2015 ,in Book : Socio-Ecological Dimensions of Infectious Diseases in Southeast Asia, pp.89-104 ; DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-527-3_7

Emma Rochelle-Newall, Do Duy Phai, J.L. Janeau, P. Jouquet, T. Henry des Tureaux, J.L. Maeght, Nguyen Duy Phuong, Nguyen Van Thiet, D. Orange, Pham Dinh Rinh, P. Podwojewski, O. Ribolzi, A. de Rouw, N. Silvera, Doan Thi Thuy, Tran Minh Tien, Tran Duc Toan, Tran Sy Hai, Christian Valentin. Two decades of collaborative research on soil science and land management between SFRI and IRD. 2015 in Dat Viet Nam Ha Noi.

IJ_Rhizo: an open-source software to measure scanned images of root samples. A contribution to the Plant Image Analysis website Created and maintained by Guillaume Lobet.

Cathy Clermont-dauphin, Nopmanee Suwannang, Claude Hammecker, Jean Delarivière, Jean-Luc Maeght & Henri Robain, (2014) Intensification écologique des plantations d’hévéa en zones marginales. Dossier d’Agropolis International « Agricultures Familiales » P32.

Ecophysiology of root systems-environment interaction; Boris Rewald, Omer Falik, Douglas Godbold, Shimon Rachmilevitch Frontiers E-books, Sep 3, 2014, page 115 Maeght J.-L., Rewald B., Pierret A. 2013. How to study deep roots—and why it matters

Maeght JL 2014 L’influence de la variabilité climatique sur l’enracinement superficiel et profond d’arbres adultes en plantation : Les cas de l’hévéa (Hevea brasiliensis) et du teck (Tectona grandis) en Asie du sud est. Thèse de Doctorat, Université Montpellier 2, France. Soutenance : septembre 2014. (

Valentin Christian, Boonsaner A., Janeau Jean-Louis, Jouquet Pascal, Henry Des Tureaux Thierry, Huon S., Latsachack K., Le Troquer Yann, Maeght Jean-Luc, Orange Didier, Pham Dinh Rinh, Pierret Alain, Podwojewski Pascal, Ribolzi Olivier, Rouw Anneke de, Sengtaheuanghoung O., Silvera Norbert, Robain Henri, Soulileuth B., Thothong W., Tran Duc Toan, Tran Sy Hai. Lessons from long-term monitoring of soil erosion in three southeast Asian agricultural catchments undergoing rapid land-use changes. Hydrology in a changing world : environmental and human dimensions. Wallingford : AISH, (363), 303-308. (Publication – AISH ; 363). Friend-Water 2014 : Hydrology in a Changing World : Environmental and Human Dimensions, 7., Montpellier (FRA), 2014/10/7-10. ISBN 978-1-907161-41-4