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Jean-Claude PECH


Actual Research Project:  Chromoplast differentiation in tomato fruit

Scientific Career



Biochemistry,  molecular biology and biotechnology of fruit ripening. Postharvest physiology and technology of fruit and vegetables





  • Corbacho J, Romojaro F, Pech JC, Latché A, Gomez-Jimenez MC. (2013). Transcriptomic events involved in melon mature-fruit abscission comprise the sequential induction of cell-wall degrading genes coupled to a stimulation of endo and exocytosis. PlosOne, In press
  • Maha Sagar, Christian Chervin, Isabelle Mila, Yanwei Hao, Jean-Paul Roustan, Mohamed Benichou, Yves Gibon, Benoît Biais, Pierre Maury, Alain Latche, Jean-Claude Pech, Mondher Bouzayen, and Mohamed Zouine (2013) 
    Sl-ARF4,an Auxin Response Factor involved in the control of sugar metabolism during tomato fruit development. Plant Physiol,  .


  • The Tomato Genome Consortium (with Pech JC.) (2012). The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution. Nature 485:635-641.
  • Pech J.C., Purgatto E., Latché A. and Bouzayen M. (2012) Ethylene and fruit ripening. In: Annual Plant Reviews: The Plant Hormone Ethylene, Editor: McManus M.T. Blackwell publisher (UK). Vol 44, pp 275-304.

  •  Barsan C,  Zouine M, Maza E,  Bian W, Egea I,  Rossignol M, Bouyssie D, Pichereaux C, Purgatto E,  Bouzayen M, Latché Aand  Pech JC. 2012 Proteomic analysis of chloroplast-to-chromoplast transition in tomato reveals metabolic shifts coupled with disrupted thylakoid biogenesis machinery and elevated energy-production components. Plant Physiology, 160:1-18.   

  • Moummou, H., Tonfack, L.B., Chervin, C., Benichou, M., Youmbi, E., Ginies, C., Latché, A.,  Pech, J.C., van der Rest, B. 2012. Functional characterization of SlscADH1, a fruit-ripening-associated short-chain alcohol dehydrogenase of tomato. J. Plant Physiol., 169, 1435-1444. 

  • Pirrello J, Prasad N, Zhang W, Chen K, Mila I, Zouine M, Latche A, Pech JC, Ohme-Takagi M, Regad F, Bouzayen M (2012)  Functional analysis and binding affinity of tomato ethylene response factors provide insight on the molecular bases of plant differential responses to ethylene. BMC Plant Biol 12: 190   


  • Tonfack L.B., Moummou H., Latché A., Youmbi E., Bénichou M., Pech J.C. and Van der Rest B. 2011.The Plant SDR super-family: involvement in primary and secondary metabolism. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 12:41-53.

  • Egea I., Bian W., Barsan  B.,  Jauneau A., Pech J.C.,Latché A.,  Li Z and Christian Chervin C. 2011. Chloroplast-to-chromoplast transition in tomato fruit: spectral confocal microscopy analyses of carotenoids and chlorophylls in isolated plastids and time-lapse recording on intact live tissue. Annals of Botany 108: 291–297.  

  • Bian W, Barsan C, Egea I , Purgatto E, Chervin C, Zouine M, Latché A, Bouzayen M, Pech JC. 2011. Metabolic and molecular events occurring during chromoplast biogenesis. Journal of Botany, doi:10.1155/2011/289859


  • Egea, I., Barsan, C., Bian, W., Purgatto, E., Latché, A., Chervin, C., Bouzayen, M. and Pech, J.C. 2010. Chromoplast Differentiation: Current Status and Perspectives. Plant Cell Physiol., 51, 1601-1611.  
  • Bouzayen M., Latché A., Nath P., Pech J.C. (2010). Mechanism of Fruit Ripening. In “Plant Developmental Biology–Biotechnological Perspectives”, EC Pua and M. Davey. Eds. Springer-Verlag  (Germany) 1:319-339.  
  • Barsan C., Sanchez-Bel P., Rombaldi C., Rossignol M., Kuntz M., Zouine M., Latché A., Bouzayen M., Pech JC. (2010) Characteristics of the tomato chromoplast proteome revealed by proteomic analysis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61:2413-2431.  


  • Pirrello J, Regad F, Latché A, Pech J-C and Bouzayen M (2009) Regulation of Tomato Fruit Ripening. CAB Reviews 4, No. 051, 14 pp.   
  • Chaabouni S., Latché A., Pech J. C., Bouzayen M. (2009) Tomato Aux/IAA3 and HOOKLESS are important actors of the interplay between auxin and ethylene during apical hook formation. Plant Signal. & Behav. 4:6, 1-2.
  • Chaabouni S.,Jones B., Delalande C.,Wang H., Li Z.G., Mila I., Frasse P., Latche A., Pech J.C. and Bouzayen M. (2009). Sl-IAA3, a tomato Aux/IAA at the crossroads of auxin and ethylene signalling involved in differential growth.
  •  Wang H., Schauer N., Usadel B., Frasse P., Zouine M., Hernould M., Latché A., Pech J.C., Fernie A.R., Bouzayen M. (2009) Regulatory Features Underlying Pollination-Dependent and -Independent Tomato Fruit Set Revealed by Transcript and Primary Metabolite Profiling. The Plant Cell 21:1428-1452.   



  • Pech J.C., Latché A.  and van der Rest B. (2008) “Genes involved in the biosynthesis of aroma volatiles in fruit and             vegetables and biotechnological applications” In: Fruit and vegetable flavour: recent advances and future prospects:Brückner and  Wyllie, Ed. Chapter 13, p 254-271.
  • Pech J.C., Bouzayen M. and Latché A. (2008) Climacteric fruit ripening: ethylene-dependent and independent regulation of ripening pathways in melon fruit (review). Plant Sci. 175:114-120.
  •  Hommel M, Khalil-Ahmad Q, Jaimes-Miranda F, Mila I, Pouzet C, Latché A, Pech JC, Bouzayen M, Regad F, (2008). Over-expression of a chimeric gene of the transcriptional co-activator MBF1 fused to the EAR repressor motif causes developmental alteration in Arabidopsis and tomato. Plant Science, 175(1-2): 168-177.