INRA Montpellier



INRA, UMR Eco&Sols
Montpellier SupAgro, bâtiment 12, 2 place Viala
34060 Montpellier Cedex 2, Montpellier, France
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Who, When, Where

Siobhán Staunton has spent most of her career at INRA first in Versailles and since 1990 in Montpellier after her MA in Chemistry and DPhil in Soil Science at Oxford and post-doctoral research at Oxford and imperial College, London. She is currently Associate Editor of European Journal of Soil Science, Soil Research and Pedosphere and Chair of Commission 2.5 (Soil Chemical, Physical and Biological Interfacial Reactions) of the IUSS (International Union of Soil Sciences).

Research interests

After working for many years on the fate of radionuclides, then briefly on the reactions of trace metals in soil, my research interests are now focused on the consequences of the interactions between proteins and soil organo-mineral surfaces.

The proteins I study include phosphatases and the putative Glomalin Related Soil Protein (GRSP) with beneficial roles in soil and others with potentially negative effects such as the Bt-toxin produced by Bacillus thuringiensis used in biopesticides and by genetically modified crops with the Bt trait and the prion the infectious agent responsible for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.


HUNG T.P., TRUONG L.V., BINH N.D., FRUTOS R., QUIQUAMPOIX H. & STAUNTON S.  2016. Fate of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry proteins in soil: differences between purified toxin and biopesticide formulation. Pest Management Science. 

HUNG T.P., TRUONG L.V., BINH N.D., FRUTOS R., QUIQUAMPOIX H. & STAUNTON S.  2016. Persistence of detectable insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Cry) and toxicity after adsorption on contrasting soils. Environmental Pollution, 208, 318-325.

HUNG T.P., TRUONG L.V., BINH N.D., FRUTOS R., QUIQUAMPOIX H. & STAUNTON S.  2016. Comparison of the affinity and extraction yield of trace amounts of three Cry proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis in contrasting types of soil. European Journal of Soil Science, 67, 90-98.

JORGE-ARAÚJO P., MATUMOTO-PINTRO P.T., QUIQUAMPOIX H. & STAUNTON S. 2015. Glomalin related soil protein in French temperate forest soils:  Interference in Bradford assay caused by co-extracted humic substances. European Journal of Soil Science. 66, 311–319.

WOIGNIER T., ETCHEVARRIA P., BORIE F., QUIQUAMPOIX H. & STAUNTON S.  2014. Role of allophanes in the accumulation of glomalin-related soil protein in tropical soils (Martinique, French West Indies).  European Journal of Soil Science, 65, 531–538.

KEDI B., ABADIE J., SEI J., QUIQUAMPOIX  H., STAUNTON S. 2013. Diversity of adsorption affinity and catalytic activity of fungal phosphatases adsorbed on some tropical soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 56, 13-20.

KEDI B., SEI J., QUIQUAMPOIX  H., STAUNTON S. 2013. Persistence of catalytic activity of fungal phosphatases incubated in tropical soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 56, 69-74.

STAUNTON S., RAZZOUK R., ABADIE J. & QUIQUAMPOIX H. 2012. Water-extractable soil organic matter inhibits phosphatase activity. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 55, 14-16.

HELASSA N., REVAULT M., QUIQUAMPOIX H., DEJARDIN P., STAUNTON S. NOINVILLE S. 2011. Adsorption on Montmorillonite prevents oligomerization of Bt Cry1Aa Toxin. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 356, 718–725.

HELASSA N.,  M’CHAREK A., QUIQUAMPOIX H., NOINVILLE S., DEJARDIN P., FRUTOS R. & STAUNTON S. 2011. Effects of physicochemical interactions and microbial activity on the persistence of Cry1Aa Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) toxin in soil.  Soil Biology & Biochemistry., 43, 1089-1097.

HAUDIN C.S., QUILLEROU E., WANG G., STAUNTON S. & MARTIN-GARIN A. 2011. Kinetics of Tc immobilisation in soils under flooded conditions and extent of reoxidation following aeration. Geomicrobiology Journal, 28, 410-417.

WANG G. & STAUNTON S. 2010.  Dynamics of Cs in aerated and flooded soils: experimental assessment of ongoing adsorption and fixation. European Journal of Soil Science 61, 1005-1013.

HUANG R.Q., GAO S.F., WANG W.L., STAUNTON S. & WANG G. 2006. Soil arsenic availability and the transfer of soil arsenic to crops in suburban areas in Fujian Province, southeast China.  Science of the Total Environment, 368, 531-541.


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