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Zinger Lucie


Post doc, UPS

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Research Interests

I am a molecular microbial ecologist interested in the mechanisms shaping microbial assemblages. I’m also interested in microbial communities interactions with "macrobes", their influence on ecosystem functioning and their response to global changes. To address these questions, I study different microbial systems (mainly bacterial and fungal communities), environments (marine ecosystems, alpine and tropical soils, various hosts) and at different spatial scales, by making (mainly) use of NGS techniques. I’m therefore also interested in molecular biology and bioinformatics.

Ongoing Project

I’m currently funded by the labex CEBA. Our current main project is twofold (i) providing a time/cost-effective and comprehensive description of tropical diversity using environmental DNA (metabarcoding) and (ii) documenting and understanding patterns of diversity of the whole soil biota in tropical environments.


Kocher A, Gantier JC, Gaborit P, Zinger L, Holota H, Valière S, Dusfour I, Girod R, Banuls AL, Murienne J (in press) Vector soup : high-throughput identification of neotropical phlebotomine sand flies using metabarcoding, Molecular Ecology Resources.

Pornon A, Escaravage N, Burrus M, Holota H, Khimoun A, Mariette J, Pellazari C, Iribar A, Etienne R, Taberlet P, Vidal M, Winterton P, Zinger L, Andalo C (in press) Using metabarcoding to reveal and quantify plant-pollinator interactions. Scientific Reports.

Zinger L, Philippe H (2016) Coalescing molecular evolution and DNA barcoding, Molecular Ecology 25:1908-1910.

Zinger L, Chave J, Coissac E, Iribar A, Louisanna E, Manzi S, Schilling V, Schimann H, Sommeria-Klein G, Taberlet P (2016) Extracellular DNA extraction is a fast, cheap and reliable alternative for multi-taxa surveys based on soil DNA, Soil Biology and Biochemistry 96:16–19.

Bienhold C, Zinger L, Boetius A, Ramette A (2016) Diversity and Biogeography of Bathyal and Abyssal Seafloor Bacteria, PLoS One 11(1):e0148016.

Jusselme MD, Saccone P, Zinger L, Faure M, Le Roux X, Guillaumaud N, Bernard L, Clement JC, Poly F (2016) Variations in snow depth modify N-related soil microbial abundances and functioning during winter in subalpine grassland, Soil Biology and Biochemistry 92:27-37.

Geremia RA, Pușcaș M, Zinger L, Bonneville JM, Choler P (2016) : Contrasting microbial biogeographical patterns between anthropogenic subalpine grasslands and natural alpine grasslands, New Phytologist 209(3):1196-1207.

Papadopoulou A, Taberlet P, Zinger L (2015) : Metagenome skimming for phylogenetic community ecology : a new era in biodiversity research, Molecular Ecology 24(14) : 3515-3517.

Pansu J, Giguet-Covex C, Ficetola G, Gielly L, Boyer F, Zinger L, Fabien A, Poulenard J, Taberlet P, Choler, P (2015) : Reconstructing long-term human impacts on plant communities : an ecological approach based on lake sediment DNA, Molecular Ecology 24(7):1485-1498.

Pansu J, De Danieli S, Puissant J, Gonzalez JM, Gielly L, Cordonnier T, Zinger L, Brun JJ, Choler P, Taberlet P, Cécillon L (2015) : Landscape-scale distribution patterns of earthworms inferred from soil DNA, Soil Biology and Biochemistry 83:100-105.

Zinger L, Boetius A, Ramette A. (2014) Bacterial taxa-area and distance-decay relationships in marine environments. Molecular Ecology 23(4) : 954–964

Mouhamadou B, Puissant J, Personeni E, Desclos-Theveniau M, Kastl EM, Schloter M, Zinger L, Roy J, Geremia RA, Lavorel S (2013). Effects of two grass species on the composition of soil fungal communities. Biology and Fertility of Soils 49(8):1131-1139

Soininen EM, Zinger L, Gielly L, Bellemain E, Bråthen KA, Brochmann C, Epp LS, Gussarova G, Hassel K, Henden JA, Killengren ST, Rämä T, Stenøien HS, Yoccoz NG, Ims RA (2013). Shedding new light on the diet of Norwegian lemmings : DNA metabarcoding of stomach content. Polar Biology 36(7):1069-1076

Roy J, Albert CH, Choler P, Clement J.C, Ibanez S, Lavergne S, Saccone P, Zinger L, Geremia RA. (2013) Microbes on the cliff : alpine cushion plants structure bacterial and fungal communities. Frontier in Terrestrial Microbiology 4:00064

Amend AS, Oliver TA, Amaral-Zettler LA, Boetius A, Fuhrman JA, Horner-Devine MC, Huse SM, Mark Welch DB, Martiny AC, Ramette A, Zinger L, Sogin S, Martiny JBH (2012). Macroecological Patterns of Marine Bacteria on a Global Scale. Journal of Biogeography 40(4):800-811

Bouasria A, Mustapha T, De Bello F, Geremia R, Zinger L, Bonneville JM, Martins J, Lemperiere G, Choler P (2012). Changes in root-associated microbial communities are determined by species-specific plant growth responses to stress and disturbance. European journal of soil biology 52:59-66

Shahnavaz B, Zinger L, Lavergne S, Choler P, Geremia RA (2012). Phylogenetic clustering reveals selective events driving the turnover of bacterial community in alpine tundra soils. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 44(2):232-238

Zinger L*, Gobet A*, Pommier T (2012). Two decades of describing the unseen majority of aquatic microbial diversity. Molecular Ecology 21(8):1878-1896 (Invited review)*Equal contribution

Zinger L, Amaral-Zettler LA, Fuhrman JA, Horner-Devine MC, Huse SM, Mark Welch DB, Martiny JBH, Sogin M, Boetius A, Ramette A (2011). Global patterns of bacterial beta-diversity in seafloor and seawater ecosystems. PLoS One 6(9):e24570

Lentendu G*, Zinger L*, Manel S, Coissac E, Choler P, Geremia RA, Melo De Lima C (2011). Assessment of soil fungal diversity in different alpine tundra habitats by means of pyrosequencing. Fungal Diversity 49(1):113:123 *Equal contribution

Zinger L, Lejon DPH, Bouasria A, Baptist F, Aubert S, Geremia RA, Choler P (2011) : Contrasting patterns of crenarchaeal, bacterial and fungal soil communities in an alpine landscape. PLoS One 6(5):e19950

Zinger L, Coissac E, Choler P, Geremia RA, (2009) Microbial Communities Assessed by Graph Partitioning Approach : Study of Soil Fungi in Two Alpine Meadows. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75(18):5863-5870

Zinger L, Shahnavaz B, Baptist F, Geremia RA, Choler P (2009) Microbial diversity in alpine tundra soils correlates with snow cover dynamics. Isme Journal 3 : 850-859

Baptist F, Zinger L, Clement JC, Gallet C, Guillemin R, Martins JM, Sage L, Shahnavaz B, Choler P, Geremia RA (2008) Tannin impacts on microbial diversity and the functioning of alpine soils : a multidisciplinary approach. Environmental Microbiology 10:799-809

Gury J, Zinger L, Gielly L, Taberlet P, and Geremia RA (2008) Exonuclease activity of proofreading DNA polymerases is at the origin of artifacts in molecular profiling studies. Electrophoresis 29:2437-2444

Zinger L, Gury J, Alibeu O, Rioux D, Gielly L, Sage L, Pompanon F, Geremia RA (2008) CE-SSCP and CE-FLA, simple and high-throughput alternatives for fungal diversity studies. Journal of Microbiological Methods 72:42-53

Zinger L, Gury J, Giraud F, Krivobok S, Gielly L, Taberlet P, and Geremia RA (2007) Improvements of polymerase chain reaction and capillary electrophoresis single-strand conformation polymorphism methods in microbial ecology : Toward a high-throughput method for microbial diversity studies in soil. Microbial Ecology 54:203-216

Chalmin, E d’Orlye F, Zinger L, Charlet L, Geremia RA, Orial G, Menu M, Baffier D, Reiche I (2007) Biotic versus abiotic calcite formation on prehistoric cave paintings : the Arcy-sur-Cure ’Grande Grotte’ (Yonne, France) case. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 279:185-197

Gallet C, Ibanez S, Zinger L, Taravel FR, Trierweiler M, Jeacomine I, and Despres L (2007) Plant chemical defense induced by a seed-eating pollinator mutualist. Journal Of Chemical Ecology 33:2078-2089

Book Chapters and Dissertation

Murienne J, Morlon H, Barbier N, Réjou-Méchain M, Zinger L (in press). Un concentré de biodiversité. In Forget P-M, Hossaert-McKey M, Poncy O (Eds) Ecologie tropicale : de l’ombre à la lumière. CNRS/Le Cherche Midi

Murienne J, Chave J, Elias M, Fontaine C, Nicolas V, Prugnolle F, Réjou-Méchain M, Taberlet P, Zinger L (2014) Chapitre II : Génèse et évaluation de la biodiversité. In Prospectives CNRS-INEE en écologie tropicale. Forget P.-M. (Ed). CNRS

Fraissinet-Tachet L, Marmeisse R, Zinger L, Luis P (2014). Metatranscriptomics of soil eukaryotic communities. In Martin F (Ed.) The Ecological Genomics of Fungi, John Wiley & Sons.

Geremia RA, Zinger L (2013). Molecular fingerprinting of fungal communities in soil. In Gupta, V.K, Tuohy, M, Ayyachamy, M, Turner, K.M, O’Donovan, A (Eds.) Laboratory protocols in fungal biology : current methods in fungal biology, Springer.

Zinger L (2009) : Variations spatio-temporelles de la microflore des sols alpins. PhD dissertation, Université Joseph Fourier. tel-00421411.