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GABI : Génétique Animale et Biologie IntégrativeUnité Mixte de Recherche INRA - AgroParisTech

Etienne VERRIER, Professor

My fields of research : follow-up of genetic variability of populations ; characterization and management of animal genetic resources ; valorization of local breeds.

INRA/AgroParisTech, UMR 1313 Génétique Animale et Biologie Intégrative
Domaine de Vilvert, Bat 211, 78352 Jouy en Josas / 16 rue Claude Bernard, 75231 Paris cedex 05
Tel : +33 (0) 1 44 08 17 48 Fax : +33 (0) 1 44 08 86 22

Email: etienne.verrier(at)

Research Team : Populations, Statistics and the Genome (PSGen)

CV :

  • Certification to Direct Research from the University of Tours (1997)
  • Doctor from INA Paris-Grignon (1989)
  • Agronomic Engineer from INA Paris-Grignon (1982)

Fields of Research :

Monitoring the genetic variability of populations ; characterization and management of animal genetic resources ; value of local livestock breeds

Other Activities :

  • Coordination :
    • Deputy Head of the joint unit GABI
    • Head of the PSGen team
  • Teaching (at AgroParisTech) :
    • Bachelor-3, Core course on Quantitative Genetics and Animal Breeding
    • MSc.-2 “Animal production”, Core course on Animal Breeding
    • MSc.1-2 “Animal Genetics, Genome and Diversity”: Coordinator of the master
    • Eurasmus-Mundus Joint Doctorate « European Graduate School in Animal Breeding and Genetics » (EGS-ABG) : Coordinator
    • Coordinator of the continuing education course “CSAGAD”
  • Expertise :
    • Member of the advisory board for animal breeding (CNAG) of the French Ministry of Agriculture
    • Member of the scientific committee of the French foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB)
    • Member of the scientific committee of the French cryobank for livestock species
    • Member of the French Academy for Agriculture
    • Member of the Board of the “Société d’Ethnozootechnie”

Recent publications :

Lauvie A., Audiot A., Couix N., Casabianca F., Brives H., Verrier E. (2011) A key for understanding the diversity of rare breed management setups: between conservation and development. Livestock Science doi:10.1016/j.livsci.2011.03.025

Berthouly C., Maillard J.C., Doan Pham L., Rognon X., Nhu Van T., Bed’Hom B., Leroy G., Hoang Thanh H., Laloë D., Bruneau N., Vu Chi C., N’Guyen Dang V., Verrier E., Rognon X. (2010) Revealing fine scale subpopulations structure in the Vietnamese Hmong cattle breed for conservation purposes. BMC Genetics 11, 45.

Berthouly C., Rognon X., Nhu Van T., Berthouly A., Thanh Hoang H., Bed'Hom B., Laloë D., Vu Chi C., Verrier E., Maillard J.C. (2010) Genetic and Morphometric characterisation of a local Vietnamese Swamp Buffalo population. Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics 127, 74-84

Danchin-Burge C., Palhière I., François D., Bibé B., Leroy G., Verrier E. (2010) Pedigree analysis of seven small French sheep populations and implications for the management of rare breeds. Journal of Animal Science 88, 505-516.

Lambert-Derkimba A., Minéry S., Barbat A., Casabianca F., Verrier E. (2010) Consequences of the inscription of local breeds in protected designation of origin cow cheese specifications for the genetic management of the herds. Animal 12, 1976-1986.

Leroy G., Verrier E., Mériaux J.C., Rognon X. (2009) Genetic diversity of dog breeds: (1) within-breed diversity comparing genealogical and molecular data. Animal Genetics 40, 323-332.

Leroy G., Verrier E., Mériaux J.C., Rognon X. (2009) Genetic diversity of dog breeds: (2) relations between breeds, breed assignation and conservation approaches. Animal Genetics 40, 333-343.

Lauvie A., Danchin-Burge C., Audiot A., Brives H., Casabianca F., Verrier E. (2008) A controversy about crossbreeding in a conservation programme: the case study of the Flemish Red cattle breed. Livestock Science 118, 113-122.

Palhière I., Brochard M., Moazami-Goudarzi K., Laloë D., Amigues Y., Bed’Hom B., Neuts E., Leymarie C., Pantano T., Cribiu E.P., Bibé B., Verrier E. (2008) Impact of the strong selection for the PrP major gene on the genetic variability of four French sheep breeds. Genetics Selection Evolution 40, 663-680.

Lowyck V., Pinard-Van der Laan M.H., Goldringer I., Verrier E. (2006) On the need of combining complementary analyses to assess the effect of a candidate gene and the evolution of its polymorphism: the example of the Major Histocompatibilty Complex in chicken. Genetical Research 87, 125-131.