Patrice Cannavo

Professor of Soil Science 


2013: Habilitation to Direct Research. University of Angers, France 
2003: Doctorate, speciality Hydrodeology. University of Avignon and Pays de Vaucluse, France
2000: DEA, Water Sciences in the Continental Environment. University of Montpellier II, France
1999: Engineer, specializing in Environment and Industrial Risks. School of Mines of Alès, France

Career path

Since 2015 : Professor, Institut Agro - Agrocampus Ouest, France
2008-15: Senior Lecturer, Institut Agro - Agrocampus Ouest, France
2005-07 : Post-doctorate (24 months), INRA Reims, France
2003-05: Post-doctorate (18 months), CIRAD, Costa Rica
2000-03 : PhD, INRA Avignon, France


Director of the Department "Physical Environment, Landscape and Territory".
Deputy Director of the City's Institute for Research in Science and Technology (IRSTV)

Teaching activities

Physical Environment, Landscape and Territory Department (MilPPaT)
Soils, Horticultural and Urban Substrates" Teaching team


Themes taught:

-    Soil science, Agronomy
-    Initial training (levels bachelor to master degree) - 250 h /year on average
-    Horticulture speciality:  diagnosis of the risks of environmental contamination by N fertilizers and phytosanitary products.
-    Landscape speciality: agronomy applied to urban soils

Research themes

Research Unit Physical Environment of the Horticultural Plant (EPHor), Agrocampus Ouest
- Bio-physico-chemical properties of anthropized environments in urban and horticultural contexts 
- Water transfer, and carbon and nitrogen cycles in the soil-plant-plant-atmosphere continuum

Useful links

City's Institute for Research in Science and Technology (IRSTV) :
Plante&Cité :
Groupe Francophone d'Humidimétrie et traNsferts (GFHN) :

PhD supervision (last 5 years)

  • Gaëtan Fourvel (2015-18): Analysis and optimization of the fertility of urban soils built from dam sediments, CIFRE convention, Agrocampus Ouest. 
  • Louise Paillat (2017-20): Role of rhizosphere microorganisms in the fertilizer-organic substrate complex on nutrient bioavailability and plant growth, CIFRE convention, Agrocampus Ouest.
  • Toky Ramananjatovo (2018-21): Garden-orchard systems: applied research in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, Ministry of Agriculture contract, Agrocampus West
  • Tom Künnemann (2019-22): Urban green spaces: sink or source of greenhouse gases, ADEME contract, Agrocampus Ouest


  • Cambou A., Saby N.P.A., Hunault, G., Nold F., Cannavo, P., Schwartz, C., Vidal-Beaudet, L. (2021) Impact of city historical management on soil organic carbon stocks in Paris (France). Journal of Soils and Sediments,
  • Paillat L., Cannavo, P., Barraud F., Huché-Thélier, L., Guénon R. (2020) Growing Medium Type Acts Organic Fertilizer Mineralization and CNPS Microbial Enzyme Activities. Agronomy, 10, 1955, doi:10.3390/agronomy10121955
  • Bouzouidja, R., Béchet, B., Hanzlikova J., Sněhota, M., Le Guern, C., Capiaux, H., Jean-Soro, L., Claverie, R., Joimel, S., Schwartz, C., Guénon, R., Szkordilisz, F., Körmöndi, B., Musy, M., Cannavo, P., Lebeau, T. (2020) Simplified performance assessment methodology for addressing soil quality of naturebased-solutions. J. Soil and
  • Allory, V., Cambou, A., Moulin, P., Schwartz C, Cannavo P., Vidal-Beaudet, L., Barthès, B.G. (2019) Quantification of soil organic carbon stock in urban soils using visible and near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (VNIRS) in situ or in laboratory conditions. Science of the Total Environment, 686, 764-773
  • Cannavo P., Guénon R., Galopin G., Vidal‑Beaudet L. (2018) Technosols made with various urban wastes showed contrasted performance for tree development during a 3-year experiment, Environmental Earth Sciences, 77:650
  • Fourvel G., Vidal-Beaudet L., Le Bocq A., Brochier V., Thery F., Landry D., Kumarasamy T., Cannavo P. (2018) Early structural stability of fine dam sediment in soil construction. J. Soils & Sediments, 18, 2647
  • Cannavo P., Coulon A., Charpentier S., Béchet B., Vidal-Beaudet L. (2018) Water balance prediction in stormwater infiltration basins using 2D modelling: an application to evaluate the clogging process. International J. of Sediment Research, 33, 371-384 
  • Bouhoun Ali H., Bournet P.E., Cannavo P., Chantoiseau E. (2017) Development of a CFD crop submodel for simulating microclimate and transpiration of ornamental plants grown in a greenhouse under water restriction. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 
  • Montagne V., Capiaux H., Barret M., Cannavo P., Charpentier S., Grosbellet C., Lebeau T. (2017) Bacterial and fungal communities vary with the type of organic substrate: implications for biocontrol of soilless crops. Environ. Chem. Lett. DOI 10.1007/s10311-017-0628-0 
  • Yilmaz D., Cannavo P., Séré G., Vidal-Beaudet L., Legret M., Damas O., Peyneau P.E. (2016). Physical properties of structural soils containing waste materials to achieve urban greening. Journal of Soil and Sediments, 10.1007/s11368-016-1524-0 
  • Bouhoun Ali H., Bournet P.E., Cannavo P., Chantoiseau E., Sourgnes M.  (2016) Stomatal resistance of New Guinea Impatiens pot plants. Part 1: Model development for well-watered plants based on design of experiments. Biosystems Engineering, 149, 112-124 
  • Cannavo P., Bouhoun Ali H., Chantoiseau E., Migeon C., Charpentier S., Bournet P.E. (2016). Stomatal resistance of New Guinea Impatiens pot plants. Part 2: Model extension for water restriction and application to irrigation scheduling. Biosystems Engineering, 149, 82-93 
  • Montagne V., Capiaux H., Cannavo P., Charpentier S., Renaud S., Liatard E., Grosbellet C., Lebeau T. (2016) Protective effect of organic substrates against soil-borne pathogens insoilless cucumber crops. Scientia Horticulturae, 206, 62-70. 
  • Montagne V., Charpentier S., Cannavo P., Capiaux H., Grosbellet C., Lebeau T. (2015) Structure and activity of spontaneous fungal communities in organic substrates used for soilless crops. Scientia Horticulturae, 192, 148-157. 
  • Coulon, A., Cannavo, P., Charpentier, S., Vidal-Beaudet, L. (2015) Clogging process of stormwater infiltration basins quantified by image analysis. Journal of Soil & Sediments, 15, 1738-1752 
  • Cannavo, P., Vidal-Beaudet, L. Grosbellet, C. (2014) Prediction of long-term sustainability of constructed urban soil: impact of high amounts of organic matter on soil physical properties and water transfer. Soil Use & Management, 30, 272-284 
  • Cannavo, P., Harmand, J.-M., Zeller, B., Vaast, P., Ramírez, J.E., Dambrine, E. (2013) Low Nitrogen use efficiency and high nitrate leaching induced by intensive fertilization of a Coffea arabica - Inga densiflora agroforestry system. A 15N labelled fertilizer study in Costa Rica. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 95, 377-394 
  • Cannavo, P., Michel, J.C. (2013) Effect of growing medium particle size on spatial root distribution: Consequences on the evolution of hydraulic properties in the medium. Scientia Horticulturae, 151, 11-21 
  • Coulon, A., El-Mufleh, A., Cannavo, P., Vidal-Beaudet, L., Béchet, B., Charpentier, S. (2013) Specific stability of organic matter in a stormwater infiltration basin. Journal of Soil and Sediments 13, 508-518. 
  • Cannavo, P., Hafdhi H., Michel, J.-C. (2011) Impact root growth on the physical properties of peat substrate under a constant water regimen. Hortscience. 46, 1394-1399.
  • Cannavo, P., Sansoulet, J., Harmand, J.-M., Siles, P., Dreyer, E., Vaast, P. (2011) Agroforestry associating coffee and Inga densiflora results in complementarity for water uptake and decreases deep drainage in Costa Rica. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment. 140, 1-13.
  • Cannavo, P., Vidal-Beaudet, L., Béchet, B., Lassabatère, L., Charpentier, S. (2010) Spatial distribution of sediments and transfer properties in soils in a stormwater infiltration basin. Journal of Soil & Sediments. 10, 1499-1509 
  • Hergoualc’h, K., Hénault, C., Harmand, J.-M., Cannavo, P., Skiba, U., Oliver, R. (2009) The use of process-oriented models to analyse determinism of N2O emissions and estimate annual budgets in coffee systems in Costa Rica. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 41, 2343-2355. 
  • Cannavo, P., Recous, S., Parnaudeau, V., Reau, R. (2008) Modeling N dynamics to assess environmental impacts of cropped soils. Advances in Agronomy 97, 131-174 
  • Cannavo, P., Lafolie, F., Nicolardot, B. and Renault, P., (2006). Modelling seasonal variations in CO2 and N2O concentrations with a model describing C and N behaviour in the vadose zone. Vadose Zone Journal 5, 990-1004. 
  • Lafolie, F.,Renault, P., Dudal, Y., Debroux, M. ,Haudin, C.S., Dassonville, F., Pautremat, N., Cannavo, P., Hdadi, K., Sévenier, G., Mohrath, D. (2005) Composition de l’eau et du sol : effet des activités microbiennes et des déplacements de micro-organismes. La Houille Blanche – Revue Internationale de l’Eau 3, 24-32 
  • Cannavo, P., Richaume, A. and Lafolie, F., (2004). Fate of nitrogen and carbon in the vadose zone: in situ and laboratory measurements of seasonal variations in aerobic respiratory and denitrifying activities. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 36, 463-478. 
  • Cannavo, P., Dudal, Y., Boudenne, J.-L. and Lafolie, F., (2004). Water extractable matter seasonal evolution in the vadose zone: relation with the soil aerobic respiratory activity. Soil Science 169, 688-696. 
  • Cannavo, P., Richaume, A., Renault, P., Emblanch, C., Bertuzzi, P. et Lafolie, F., (2002) Denitrification in the upper vadose zone layers : A comparison between a fluvic hypercalcaric cambisol and a haplic calcisol, Agronomie 22, 479-488.