Catherine Lenoir

PhD in Plant physiology


66 years old

Seniority : 33 years, associate

Italian - English

  • Seeds
  • Crop protection
  • Phytosanitary products
  • Agro-food
  • Food safety
  • Biotechnologies
  • Animal feed

Fondation de France award recipient
Member of Association Française de Protection des Plantes


PhD in Plant Physiology
CNRS – Université Paris VI

Master of Sciences biochemical specialist

Professional background

Dow-Prochimagro – Dow Chemical Group Agro Chemistry subsidiary
Technical Support Engineer
Recommendations and monitoring of phytosanitary products’ usage

Technical Centre for Tropical Forests
Supervising foreign researchers

Canadian Grain Commission in Winnipeg (Canada)
Researcher, Studies on Brewery Malt Enzymes

Laboratory of Post-Harvest Plant Organ Physiology
Research Associate

Key areas of expertise

Plant Material

  • Genetic problems in seed production
  • Seed mixtures
  • Germination issues with seed supplies
  • Plant diseases
  • Production deficit in vegetable crops, fruit crops, horticultural and major crops
  • Viroid and bacterial contamination of farming and horticultural greenhouses
  • Flawed conservation of plants or roots in cold storage
  • Flawed conservation of fruit in controlled environment


  • Damage assessment in major serial claims, with power to negotiate compensation
  • Phytotoxicity of phytosanitary products (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.)
  • Errors in formulation or production of fertilizers and phytosanitary products
  • Faulty use of fertilizers or phytosanitary products
  • Faulty or toxic composition of potting soils
  • Seed coating flaws
  • Poorly-controlled biotechnology applications in agriculture


  • Damage assessment in major serial claims, with power to negotiate compensation
  • Presence of GMOs in raw materials and processed foods
  • Pollution by foreign bodies of products intended for human consumption and pharmaceuticals
  • Denaturing of wine taste (chemical treatment on vineyards, treatment of frame wood, cork taste, etc.)
  • Chemical non-compliance in wines
  • Non-compliant raw materials in industrial production
  • Sanitary product defects – poisoning
  • Biological contamination of food stuff (mycotoxins, insects, etc.)

Animal Nutrition

  • Claims about quality of raw materials or finished products
  • Use of prohibited or faulty animal meals
  • Faulty design of food formulae


  • Pollution by air release of agro-chemical products
  • Leaks from liquid fertiliser storage tanks
  • Soil and river pollution by agro-chemical products or hydrocarbons

Financial Losses

  • Operating and financial losses in farming and agro-food production