He is President of the World Rabbit Science Association (WRSA) (2017-2020) (France).
1995: Degree for research advisor “HDR”, from Polytechnic National Institute of Toulouse “INP”.
1987: ¨PhD, Doctor of INP Toulouse, agronomy sciences
1982: Master in Physiology and animal biology.
Position at INRA
October 2005: Recruited as research director (full position).
August 1987 : Recruited as researcher (full position)
Management and administration of research at INRA
Research administration in France: Head of the Rabbit research unit, from january 2001 to december 2006. Assistant director of the unit TANDEM (UMR 1289, INRA) since january 2007. Head of research team (1990-2014).
Research management in Europe: Animator of the European Group on rabbit nutrition “EGRAN” (6 teams, http://www.dcam.upv.es/egran/) since 1996. * Coordinator of European concerted action (ERAFE: CT96-PL161; 1997-2002). French delegate for the management committee of the European action COST848, and animator of the workgroup “nutrition-pathology” (2000-2006, 12 teams). Coordinator of French-Algeria research programs (2008-2016). Scientific organisation of the World Rabbit Congress (june 2016, Qingdao, China).
Supervision of PhD students and Post-Doc
PhD students full supervision: Bellier (1991-1994), Padilha (1993-1995), Jehl (1994-1997), Pinheiro (1997-2001), Bennegadi (1999-2002), Debray (1998-2002), Gallois (2003-2006), Kimsé (2006-2009), Martignon (2007-
2010), Yapi (2010-2013), Jacquier (2011-2014), Knudsen (2011-2014), Legendre (2014-2017).
Supervision of Post-doctoral training periods: Scapinello (12 months, 2000), Orengo (8 months, 2005).
Main Research topics
• Digestive physiology of the rabbit mainly focused on the microbial activity in the caecum and the hydrolysis of the cell-wall polysaccharides. Implications of the microbiota.
• Nutrition of the rabbit, focused on fibre requirements and interactions with digestive health.
• Feeding and breeding techniques improving the digestive health of the animal.
• Sustainable rabbit breeding system and organic rabbit breeding.
• Agroecological approach of the management of parasitism in breeding: application in an organic rabbit farming system.