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

Marc VANDEPUTTE, Senior Research Engineer

Vandeputte Marc
My research interest is selective breeding for sustainable aquaculture, with a special focus on traits with economic and ecological efficiency benefits.
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Ifremer-INRA, Chemin de Maguelone, 34250 Palavas les Flots
Tél : 04 67 13 04 07 fax 04 67 13 04 58

Email : marc.vandeputte(at)

Research Team : Aquaculture Genetics (Genaqua)

CV :

2015 : Habilitation (Montpellier University)

2012: PhD Thesis in Animal Genetics, AgroParisTech
1997: Master of Population Biology, Genetics and Ecoethology, minor in Quantitative Genetics, AgroParisTech, University of Tours, University of Rennes
1990 : Master in Aquaculture Biology, University of Rennes I, ENSAR
1989 : Master in Agronomy from AgroParisTech (major in Animal Science)

Fields of Research :

Parentage assignment. Evolution of breeding schemes. Genetic architecture of complex traits (polygenic sex, feed efficiency, processing yields, disease resistance)

Other Activities :   

  • Coordination :
    • Since 2008 : INRA National  Aquaculture Coordination, Head of the Aquaculture Industry Commission
    • Coordinator of EU projects AQUAEXCEL (2011-2015) and AQUAEXCEL2020 (2015-2020)

Publication list :


Guinand B., Vandeputte M., Dupont-Nivet M., Vergnet A., Haffray P., Chavanne H., Chatain B., 2017. Metapopulation patterns of additive and non-additive genetic variance in the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Ecology and Evolution (in press)

Doan Q.K., Vandeputte M., Chatain B., Morin T., Allal F., 2017. Viral Encephalopathy and Retinopathy in aquaculture: a review. Journal of Fish Diseases (in press).

Besson M., de Boer I.J.M., Vandeputte M., van Arendonk J.A.M., Quillet E., Komen H., Aubin J., 2017. Effect of production quotas on economic and environmental values of growth rate and feed efficiency in sea cage fish farming. PLOS ONE 12: e0173131.

Vandeputte M., Puledda A., Tyran A.S., Bestin A., Coulombet C., Bajek A., Baldit G., Vergnet A., Allal F., Bugeon J., Haffray P., 2017. Investigation of morphological predictors of fillet and carcass yield in European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) for application in selective breeding. Aquaculture 470: 40-49.

De Verdal H., Mekkawy W., Lind C.E., Vandeputte M., Chatain B., Benzie J.A.H., 2017. Measuring individual feed efficiency and its correlation with performance traits in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Aquaculture 468: 489-495


Ferrari S., Allal F., Horri K., Vergnet A., Vandeputte M., Chatain B., Bégout M.L., 2016. Heritability of boldness and hypoxia avoidance in European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax. PLOS ONE 11: e0168506.

Hubert J.N., Allal F., Hervet C., Ravakarivelo M., Jeney Z., Vergnet A., Guyomard R., Vandeputte M., 2016. How could fully-scaled carps appear in natural waters in Madagascar? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20160945

Besson M., Vandeputte M., van Arendonk J., Aubin J., de Boer I., Quillet E., Komen H., 2016. Influence of water temperature on the economic value of growth rate in fish farming: the case of sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) cage farming in the Mediterranean. Aquaculture 462: 47-55.

Besson M., Aubin J., Komen H., Poelman M., Quillet E., Vandeputte M., van Arendonk J.A.M., de Boer I.J.M., 2016. Environmental impacts of genetic improvement of growth rate and feed conversion ratio in fish farming under rearing density and nitrogen output limitations. Journal of Cleaner Production 116: 100-109.

Vandeputte M., Porte J.D., Auperin B., Dupont-Nivet, M., Vergnet A., Valotaire C., Claireaux G., Prunet P., Chatain B., 2016. Quantitative genetic variation for post-stress cortisol and swimming performance in growth-selected and control populations of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Aquaculture 455: 1-7.

Andria-Mananjara D.E., Rasamoelina H., Vandeputte M., 2016. Comparison of rearing performances and intramuscular bone number in the mirror and nude genotypes of common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) in a controlled field test in Madagascar. Aquaculture Reports 3: 77-81.


Palaiokostas C., Bekaert M., Taggart J.B., Gharbi K, McAndrew B.J., ChatainB., Penman D.J., Vandeputte M., 2015. A new SNP-based vision of the genetics of sex determination in European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Genetics Selection Evolution 47: 68.

Costa C., Vandeputte M., Antonucci F., Boglione C., de Verdal H., Chatain B., 2015. Are trunk lateral line anomalies and disoriented scale pattern in European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax L.) influenced by genetics ? Aquaculture 448: 38-43.

Besson M., Komen H., Aubin J., de Boer I.J.M., Poelman M., Quillet E., Vancoillie C., Vandeputte M., van Arendonk J.A.M., 2014. Economic values of growth and feed efficiency in fish farming under density and nitrogen output limitations: an African catfish case study. Journal of Animal Science 92: 5394-5405.


De Verdal H., Vandeputte M., Pepey E., Vidal M.O., Chatain B., 2014. Individual growth monitoring of European sea bass larvae by image analysis and microsatellite genotyping. Aquaculture 434: 470-475.

McKenzie D.J.M., Vergnet A., Chatain B., Vandeputte M., Desmarais E., Steffensen J.F., Guinand B., 2014. Physiological mechanisms underlying individual variation in tolerance of starvation in the European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax L. 1758. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 3283-3292

Vandeputte M., Haffray P., 2014. Parentage assignment with genomic markers: a major advance for understanding and exploiting genetic variation of quantitative traits in farmed aquatic animals. Frontiers in Genetics 5:432. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00432

Costa C., Negretti P., Vandeputte M., Pallottino F., Antonucci F., Aguzzi J., Bianconi G., Menesatti P., 2014. Innovative automated landmark detection for food processing: the backwarping approach. Food and Bioprocess Technology 7:  2291-2298.

De Verdal H., Rosario W., Vandeputte M., Muyalde N., Morissens P., Baroiller J.F., Chevassus B., 2014. Response to selection for growth in an interspecific hybrid between Oreochromis mossambicus and O. niloticus in two distinct environments. Aquaculture 430: 159-165.

Ferrari S., Chatain B., Cousin X., Leguay D., Vergnet A., Vidal M.O., Vandeputte M., Bégout M-L., 2014. Early individual electronic identification of sea bass using RFID microtags: a first example of early phenotyping of sex-related growth. Aquaculture 426-427: 165-171.

Vandeputte M., Garouste R., Dupont-Nivet M., Haffray P., Vergnet A., Chavanne H., Laureau S., Ron T.B., Pagelson G., Mazorra C., Ricoux R., Marques P., Gameiro M., Chatain B., 2014. Multi-site evaluation of the rearing performances of 5 wild populations of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Aquaculture 424-425: 239-248.

Daulé S., Vandeputte M., Vergnet A., Guinand B., Grima L., Chatain B., 2014. Effect of selection for fasting tolerance on feed intake, growth and feed efficiency in the European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax. Aquaculture 420-421: S42-S49.


Haffray P., Bugeon J., Rivard Q., Quittet B., Puyo S., Allamellou J.M., Vandeputte M., Dupont-Nivet M., 2013. Genetic parameters of in vivo prediction of carcass, head and fillet yields by internal ultrasound and 2D external imagery in large rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).  Aquaculture 410-411: 236-244.

Le Boucher R., Vandeputte M., Dupont-Nivet M., Quillet E., Ruelle F., Vergnet A., Kaushik S., Médale F., Chatain B., 2013. Genotype by diet interactions in European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax, L.) in case of a nutritional challenge on totally plant-based diets. Journal of Animal Science 91: 44-56.

Karahan Nomm, B., Chatain, B., Chavanne, H., Vergnet, A., Bardon, A., Haffray, P., Dupont-Nivet, M., Vandeputte M., 2013. Heritabilities and correlations of deformities and growth related traits in the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax, L) in four different sites. Aquaculture Research 44:  289-299.

Costa, C., Antonucci, F., Boglione, C., Menesatti, P., Vandeputte, M., Chatain, B., 2013. Automated sorting for size, sex and skeletal anomalies of cultured seabass using external shape analysis. Aquacultural Engineering 52: 58-64.

Selected papers

Vandeputte, M., 2012. An accurate formula to calculate the exclusion power of marker sets in parentage assignment. Genetics Selection Evolution 44:36.

Le Boucher, R., Dupont-Nivet, M., Vandeputte, M., Kerneïs, T., Goardon, L., Labbé, L.,  Chatain, B., Borthaire, M.J., Larroquet, L.,  Médale, F., Quillet, E., 2012. Selection for adaptation to dietary shifts: towards sustainable breeding of carnivorous fish. PLOS ONE 7: e44898.

Vandeputte, M., Quillet, E., Chatain, B., 2012. Are sex ratios in wild European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax L.) populations biased ? Aquatic Living Resources 25: 77-81.

Dupont-Nivet, M., Karahan-Nomm, B., Vergnet, A., Merdy, O., Haffray, P., Chavanne, H., Chatain, B., Vandeputte, M., 2010. Genotype by environment interactions for growth in European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) are large when growth rate rather than weight is considered. Aquaculture 306: 365-368.

Dupont-Prinet, A., Chatain, B., Grima, L., Vandeputte, M., Claireaux, G., McKenzie, D.J., 2010. Physiological mechanisms underlying a trade-off between growth rate and tolerance of starvation in the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 1143-1152.

Grima, L., Chatain, B., Ruelle, F., Vergnet, A., Launay, A., Mambrini, M., Vandeputte, M., 2010. In search for indirect criteria to improve feed utilization efficiency in sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Part II: Heritability of weight loss during feed deprivation and weight gain during re-feeding periods. Aquaculture 302: 169-174.

Grima, L., Vandeputte, M., Ruelle, F., Vergnet, A., Mambrini, M., Chatain, B., 2010. In search for indirect criteria to improve residual feed intake in sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Part I: phenotypic relationship between residual feed intake and body weight variations during feed deprivation and re-feeding periods. Aquaculture 300:  50-58.

Vandeputte, M., Dupont-Nivet, M., Haffray, P., Chavanne, H., Cenadelli, S., Parati, K., Vidal, M.O., Vergnet, A., Chatain, B., 2009. Response to domestication and selection for growth in the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) in separate and mixed tanks. Aquaculture 286 :20-27.

Kaspar, V., Vandeputte, M., Kohlmann, K., Hulak, M., Alavi, S.M.H., Gela, D., Kocour, M., Linhart, O., 2008. A proposal and case study towards a conceptual approach of validating sperm competition in common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.), with practical implications for hatchery procedures. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 24: 406-409.

Kocour, M., Mauger, S., Rodina, M., Gela, D., Linhart, O., Flajšhans, M., Vandeputte, M., 2007, Heritability estimates for processing traits in common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) using a molecular pedigree. Aquaculture 270: 43-50.

Vandeputte, M., Dupont-Nivet, M., Chavanne, H., Chatain, B., 2007. A polygenic hypothesis for sex determination in the European sea bass. Genetics 176: 1049-1057.

Chevassus, B., Quillet, E., Krieg, F., Hollebecq, M.G., Mambrini, M., Fauré, A., Labbé, L., Hiseux, J.P., Vandeputte, M., 2004. Enhanced individual selection for selecting fast growing fish: the “PROSPER” method, with application on brown trout (Salmo trutta fario). Genetics Selection Evolution 36 : 643-661.

Vandeputte, M., Kocour, M., Mauger, S., Dupont-Nivet, M., De Guerry, D., Rodina, M., Gela, D., Vallod, D., Chevassus, B., Linhart, O., 2004. Heritability estimates for growth-related traits using microsatellite parentage assignment in juvenile common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.). Aquaculture 235: 223-236.