François Le Tacon
François Le Tacon received a Ph.D. degree in soil science from the University of Nancy, Lorraine, France (1966) and an S.D. degree in forest biology from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine, France (1976). He is an Emeritus Director of research at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France, and he has been the President of the Forest Research Centre of Nancy for ten years. From 1980 to 2002, he was a permanent Adviser at the International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, in the field of forestry. His research has been first focused on forest ecology and forest tree nutrition. Since thirty years, he has been involved in research on ectomycorrhizas. He is now involved in functional diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi, molecular ecology, and fungal phylogeny in order to better understand the role of fungal communities in nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems. Tacon published over 150 scientific papers in international journals in the field of forest ecology, mycorrhizas, genome sequencing, and genetic mapping.
Biography Updated on 2 December 2011