Joséphine Peigné

Joséphine Peigné
Head of Agroecology and Environment Unit,Associate Professor, PhD


Agronomy, specifically on soil fertility in organic cropping systems, conservation agriculture

Research unit
Agroecologie and environnement


Agronomy, soil science, organic farming

Current projects

  • OUTILLAGE: Creation of Operational resources, such as diagnosis tools, to help the agroecological transition of French farms 2017-2021
  • ACR’Eau: Conservation agriculture without herbicide to preserve water resource quality in Rhone-Alpes region 2018-2020


Teaching activities

  • Soil science
  • Crop production
  • Master on agroecology and innovation in agriculture



Work experiences and studies

  • 2019-2020 : Manager of the research unit‘Agroécology and Environment’ (ISARA)
  • 2018 : Habilitation to conduct Research – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
  • 2003-2018 :       Associate professor at ISARA
  • 2000-2003 :       PhD in Agronomy (ENSA de Rennes) :  “Evaluation of organic farming practices on air quality with environmental indicators”
  • 1996-1999 :       National diploma of Engineer in Agronomy, at ENSA de Rennes.



  • PEIGNÉ, J., VIAN, J.-F., PAYET, V. & SABY, N. P. 2018. Soil fertility after 10 years of conservation tillage in organic farming. Soil and Tillage Research, 175, 194-204.
  • Armengot, L., Blanco-Moreno, J.M., Bàrberi, P., Bocci, G., Carlesi, S., Aendekerk, R., Berner, A., Celette, F., Grosse, M., Huiting, H., Kranzler, A., Luik, A., Mäder, P., Peigné, J., Stoll, E., Delfosse, P., Sukkel, W., Surböck, A., Westaway, S., Sans, F.X., 2016. Tillage as a driver of change in weed communities: A functional perspective. Agriculture, ecosystems & environment, 222, 276-285.
  • BALDIVIESO-FREITAS, P., BLANCO-MORENO, J. M., GUTIÉRREZ-LÓPEZ, M., PEIGNÉ, J., PÉREZ-FERRER, A., TRIGO-AZA, D. & SANS, F. X. 2018. Earthworm abundance response to conservation agriculture practices in organic arable farming under Mediterranean climate. Pedobiologia, 66,58-64
  • BOIZARD, H., PEIGNÉ, J., SASAL, M. C., DE FÁTIMA GUIMARÃES, M., PIRON, D., TOMIS, V., VIAN, J.-F., CADOUX, S., RALISCH, R. & TAVARES FILHO, J. 2017. Developments in the “profil cultural” method for an improved assessment of soil structure under no-till. Soil and Tillage Research, 173, 92-103.
  • CASAGRANDE, M., PEIGNÉ, J., PAYET, V., MÄDER, P., SANS, F. X., BLANCO-MORENO, J. M., ANTICHI, D., BÀRBERI, P., BEECKMAN, A. & BIGONGIALI, F. 2016. Organic farmers’ motivations and challenges for adopting conservation agriculture in Europe. Organic Agriculture, 6, 281-295.
  • COOPER, J., BARANSKI, M., STEWART, G., NOBEL-DE LANGE, M., BÀRBERI, P., FLIEßBACH, A., PEIGNÉ, J., BERNER, A., BROCK, C. & CASAGRANDE, M. 2016. Shallow non-inversion tillage in organic farming maintains crop yields and increases soil C stocks: a meta-analysis. Agronomy for sustainable development, 36, 1-20.
  • PELOSI, C., PEY, B., CARO, G., CLUZEAU, D., PEIGNE, J., BERTRAND, M. & HEDDE, M. 2016. Dynamics of earthworm taxonomic and functional diversity in ploughed and no-tilled cropping systems. Soil and Tillage Research, 156, 25-32.
  • VINCENT-CABOUD, L., PEIGNÉ, J., CASAGRANDE, M. & SILVA, E. M. 2017. Overview of Organic Cover Crop-Based No-Tillage Technique in Europe: Farmers’ Practices and Research Challenges. Agriculture, 7-42.
  • VINCENT-CABOUD, L., VEREECKE, L., SILVA, E., PEIGNE, J., 2019. Cover Crop Effectiveness Varies in Cover Crop-Based Rotational Tillage Organic Soybean Systems Depending on Species and Environment. Agronomy Vol.9, n°6.
  • VINCENT-CABOUD, L., CASAGRANDE, M., DAVID, C., SILVA, E., RYAN, M., PEIGNE, J. Using mulch from cover crops to facilitate organic no-till soybean and maize production. A review. 2019. Agron. Sustain. Dev. 39-45