Romain Lehnebach

Research interests

I study the relationships between the functioning of plants and the properties of the materials they produce. In particular, I am interested in the influence of tree species temperament on the technological properties of wood and their intra-individual variability. Combining approaches from functional biology and biomaterials physics, my research aims to characterize the properties of forest resources through a better understanding of the functional diversity of tropical trees.


Gonzalez, A., Posada, J., Beauchêne, J., Lehnebach, R., Levionnois, S., Rivera, K., Clair, B. (2021). Radial variations in wood functional traits in a rain forest from eastern Amazonia. Trees.

Lehnebach, R., Campioli, M., Gricar, J., Prislan, P., Beeckman, H., Van den Bulcke, J. (2021). High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography: a new workflow for the analysis of xylogenesis and intra-seasonal wood biomass production. Frontiers in Plant Science. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2021.698640

Meunier, F., Krishna Moorthy, S.M., De Deurwaerder, H.P.T., Kreus, R., Van den Bulcke, J., Lehnebach, R., Verbeeck, H. (2020). Within-Site Variability of Liana Wood Anatomical Traits: A Case Study in Laussat, French Guiana. Forests, 11, 523. DOI: 10.3390/f11050523.

Lehnebach, R., Alméras, T., Clair, B. (2020). How does bark contribution to postural control change with ontogeny? A study of 6 Amazonian tree species. Journal of Experimental Botany DOI: 10.1093/jxb/eraa070.

Momo, S.T., Ploton, P., Martin-Ducup, O., Lehnebach, R., et al. (2020). Leveraging Signatures of Plant Functional Strategies in Wood Density Profiles of African Trees to Correct Mass Estimations From Terrestrial Laser Data. Scientific Reports 10, 2001. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-58733-w.

Lehnebach, R., Doumerc, L., Clair, B., Alméras, T. (2019). Mechanical stress in inner bark of 15 tropical tree species and relation with anatomical structure. Botany DOI: 10.1139/cjb-2018-0224.

Lehnebach, R., Bossu, J., Va, S., Morel, H., Amusant, N., Nicolini, E., Beauchêne, J. (2019). Wood Density Variations of Legume Trees in French Guiana along the Shade Tolerance Continuum: Heartwood Effects on Radial Patterns and Gradients. Forests 10(2), 80. DOI: 10.3390/f10020080.

Clair, B., Ghislain B., Prunier J., Lehnebach R., Beauchêne J., Alméras T. (2018). Mechanical contribution of secondary phloem to postural control in trees: the bark side of the force. New Phytologist. 221: 209-217 DOI: 10.1111/nph.15375

Bossu J., Lehnebach R., Corn S., Regazzi A., Beauchêne J., Clair B. (2018). Interlocked grain and density patterns in Bagassa guianensis: changes with ontogeny and mechanical consequences for trees. Trees - Structure and function 32(6) DOI: 10.1007/s00468-018-1740-x

Lehnebach, R., Beyer, R., Letor,t V., Heuret, P. (2018). The Pipe-Model Theory half a century on: a review. Annals of Botany 121(5): 773-795 DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcx194

Morel, H., Lehnebach R., Cigna, J., Ruelle, J., Nicolini, E., Beauchêne, J. (2018). Basic wood density variations of Parkia velutina Benoist, a long-lived heliophilic tree of Neotropical rainforests. Bois et Forêts des Tropiques 335(1): 59-69 DOI: 10.19182/bft2018.335.a31518

Lehnebach, R., Morel, H., Bossu, J., Le Moguédec, G., Amusant, N., Beauchêne, J., Nicolini, E. (2017). Heartwood/sapwood profile and the tradeoff between trunk and crown increment in a natural forest: the case study of a tropical tree (Dicorynia guianensis Amsh., Fabaceae). Trees - Structure and function 31(1): 199-214 DOI: 10.1007/s00468-016-1473-7

Clement, C., Cristo-Araújo, M., Coppens d’Eeckenbrugge, G., Reis, V., Lehnebach, R., Picanço-Rodrigues, D. (2017). Origin and dispersal of Domesticated Peach Palm. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00148

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