Terral jean frederic


My research activities mainly focus on ecology, archaeobiology, historical biogeography, evolution and history of emblematic species from climatic, ecological, cultural and economic points of view by the use of quantitative anatomical and morphometric approaches. Model organisms are Olea europaea (olive), Vitis vinifera (grape), Phoenix dactylifera (date palm) and Argania spinosa (Argan tree).

My research is structured around 3 axes:

  1. Origins and historical biogeography of plant domestication at various geographic and chronological scales – Evolution, domestication – agrobiodiversity.
  2. Understanding current and ancient exploitation and management practicesof biological resources.
  3. Current and ancient plant phenotypic plasticity in response to environmental factors.
  1. Pagnoux C., Bouby L., Ivorra S., Petit C., Valamoti SM, Pastor T., Picq S., Terral J.-F. (2015). Inferring the agrobiodiversity of Vitis vinifera L. (grapevine) in ancient Greece by comparative shape analysis of archaeological and modern seeds. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 24(1): 75-84, doi: 10.1007/s00334-014-0482-y
  2. Terral J.-F., Newton C., Ivorra S., Gros-Balthazard M., Tito de Morais C., Picq S., Tengberg M. and Pintaud J.-C. (2012). Insights into the complex historical biogeography of date palm agrobiodiversity (Phoenix dactylifera L.) using geometric morphometrical analysis of modern seeds from various origins and Egyptian ancient material. Journal of Biogeography 39, 929–941.
  3. Bouby L., Figueiral I., Bouchette A., Rovira N., Ivorra S., Lacombe T., Pastor T., Picq S., Marinval P., Terral J.-F. (2013) Bioarchaeological Insights into the Process of Domestication of Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) during Roman Times in Southern France. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63195. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063195
  4. Terral J.-F., Tabard E., Bouby L., Ivorra S., Pastor T., Figueiral I., Picq S., Chevance J.-B., Jung C., Fabre L., Tardy C., Compan M., Bacilieri R., Lacombe T. & This P. (2010). Evolution and history of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) under domestication: new morphometric perspectives to understand seed domestication syndrome and reveal origins of European ancient cultivars. Annals of Botany 105, 443-455.
  5. Kaniewski D., Van Campo E., Boiy T., Terral J.-F., Khadari B., Besnard G. (2012). Primary domestication and early uses of the emblematic olive tree: palaeobotanical, historical and molecular evidences from the Middle East. Biological Reviews 87(4), 885-899.