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Bordeaux Omic, HiTMe installation, Node 8

Research units and/or experimental units implied: UMR1332 Fruit Biology and Pathology, INRA-Aquitaine and Bordeaux University

Facility characteristics

HiTMe (for High Throughput Metabolic phenotyping) is a nearly unique facility enabling the quantification of metabolites and enzyme activities in very large numbers of samples thanks to the use of laboratory automation.


  • Storage at -80°C
  • 3 cryogenic grinding units
  • 1 robot dedicated to cryogenic weighing of aliquots
  • 2 96-channel liquid handling robots
  • 1 integrated robotic unit (96-channel liquid handling, centrifuge, heating, microplate reading, etc.)
  • 11 filter-based microplate readers
  • 1 microplate spectrophotometer-fluorimeter-luminometer
  • 1 LIMS


  • High throughput targeted assays for key metabolites and enzyme activities from carbon and nitrogen central metabolism, and redox metabolism. Examples of application include quantitative genetics, metabolic physiology, diagnostics, metabolic biomarkers, modelling of metabolism (parameterisation).
  • Development and Optimisation of assays for any tissue/organ/species.
  • High throughput analysis for experiments with hundreds to tens of thousands of samples

Recent Publications

  • Peltier E, Bernard M, Trujillo M, Prodhomme D, Barbe JC, Gibon Y Marullo P (2018) Wine yeast phenomics: A standardized fermentation method for assessing quantitative traits of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains in enological conditions. PLOS ONE 13: e0190094.
  • Perrin F, Dubois-Laurent C, Gibon Y, Citerne S, Huet S, Suel A, Le Clerc V, Briard M, Hamama L, Peltier, Gagne S & Geoffriau E (2017) Combined Alternaria dauci infection and water stresses impact carotenoid content of carrot leaves and roots. ENVIRONMENTAL AND EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY 143: 125-134.
  • Martineau E, Domec JC, Bosc A, Dannoura M, Gibon Y, Benard C & Jordan-Meille L (2017) The role of potassium on maize leaf carbon exportation under drought condition. ACTA PHYSIOLOGIAE PLANTARUM 39: #219.
  • Argyris JM, Diaz A, Ruggieri V, Fernandez M, Jahrmann T, Gibon Y, Pico B, Martin-Hernandez AM, Monforte AJ & Garcia-Mas J (2017) QTL Analyses in Multiple Populations Employed for the Fine Mapping and Identification of Candidate Genes at a Locus Affecting Sugar Accumulation in Melon (Cucumis melo L.). FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 8: #1679.
  • Gimeno TE, Ogee J, Royles J, Gibon Y, West JB, Burlett R, Jones SP, Sauze J, Wohl S, Benard C, Genty B & Wingate L (2017) Bryophyte gas-exchange dynamics along varying hydration status reveal a significant carbonyl sulphide (COS) sink in the dark and COS source in the light. NEW PHYTOLOGIST 215: 965-976.
  • Canas R, Yesbergenova-Cuny Z, Simons M, Chardon F, Armengaud P, Quillere I, Cukier C, Gibon Y, Limami AM, Nicolas S, Brule L, Lea PJ, Maranas CD & Hirel B (2017) Exploiting the Genetic Diversity of Maize Using a Combined Metabolomic, Enzyme Activity Profiling, and Metabolic Modeling Approach to Link Leaf Physiology to Kernel Yield. PLANT CELL 29: 919-943.
  • Colombie S, Beauvoit B, Nazaret C, Benard C, Vercambre G, Le Gall S, Biais B, Cabasson C, Maucourt M, Bernillon S, Moing A, Dieuaide-Noubhani M, Mazat JP & Gibon Y (2017) Respiration climacteric in tomato fruits elucidated by constraint-based modelling. NEW PHYTOLOGIST 213: 1726-1739.
  • Fernandez O, Urrutia M, Bernillon S, Giauffret C, Tardieu F, Le Gouis J, Langlade N, Charcosset A, Moing A & Gibon Y (2016) Fortune telling: metabolic markers of plant performance. METABOLOMICS 12: #158.
  • Antoine S, Pailly O, Gibon Y, Luro F, Santini J, Giannettini J & Berti L (2016) Short- and long-term effects of carbohydrate limitation on sugar and organic acid accumulation during mandarin fruit growth. JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 96: 3906-3914.
  • Antoine S, Pailly O, Santini J, Giannettini J, Gibon Y, Luro F & Berti L (2016) Contrasted responses to carbohydrate limitation in mandarin fruit during development. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, in press.
  • Bénard C & Gibon Y (2016) Measurement of enzyme activities and optimization of continuous and discontinuous assays. Current Protocols in Plant Biology, in press.
  • Taulemesse F, Le Gouis J, Gouache D, Gibon Y & Allard V (2016) Bread Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Grain Protein Concentration Is Related to Early Post-Flowering Nitrate Uptake under Putative Control of Plant Satiety Level. Plos One 11: e0149668.
  • Colombié S, Nazaret C, Bénard C, Biais B, Mengin V, Solé M, Fouillen L, Dieuaide-Noubhani M, Mazat JP, Beauvoit B & Gibon Y. (2015)  Modelling central metabolic fluxes by constraint-based optimization reveals metabolic reprogramming of developing Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit. Plant Journal 81: 24-39.
  • Dai Z, Plessis A, Vincent J, Duchateau N, Besson A, Dardevet M, Prodhomme D, Gibon Y, Hilbert G, Pailloux M, Ravel C & Martre P (2015) Transcriptional and metabolic alternations rebalance wheat grain storage protein accumulation under variable nitrogen and sulfur supply. Plant Journal 83: 326-343.
  • Oustric J, Antoine S, Giannettini J, Gibon Y, Luro F, Berti L & Santini J (2015) Biochemical characterization of the primary metabolism and antioxidant defense systems of acidic and acidless citrus genotypes during the major stages of fruit growth. Acta Physiol Plant 37: 228.
  • Quentin AG, Pinkard EA, Ryan MG, Tissue DT, Baggett LS, Adams HD, Maillard P, Marchand J, Landhäusser SM, Lacointe A, Gibon Y, et al. (2015). Non-structural carbohydrates in woody plants compared among laboratories. Tree Physiol. 35: 1146-1165.
  • Rebolledo MC, Dingkuhn M, Courtois B, Gibon Y, Clément-Vidal A, Cruz DF, Duitama J, Lorieux M & Luquet D (2015) Phenotypic and genetic dissection of component traits for early vigour in rice using plant growth modelling, sugar content analyses and association mapping. Journal of Experimental Botany 66: 5555-5566.
  • Saladié M, Cañizares J, Phillips MA, Rodriguez-Concepcion M, Larrigaudière C, Gibon Y, Stitt M, Lunn JE & Garcia-Mas J (2015). Comparative transcriptional profiling analysis of developing melon (Cucumis melo L.) fruit from climacteric and non-climacteric varieties. BMC Genomics 16: 440.
  • Taulemesse F, Le Gouis J, Gouache D, Gibon Y & Allard V (2015) Post-flowering nitrate uptake in wheat is controlled by N status at flowering, with a putative major role of root nitrate transporter NRT2.1. PLoS One 10: e0120291.

Contact: Yves Gibon