Peter Streb

Position: Lecturer

Team: Plant Ecophysiology

Contact details:
Laboratoire Écologie, Systématique, Évolution
Bât. 362, rue du Doyen André Guinier
91405 Orsay Cedex

Tel: +33 (0)1 69 15 56 81


Email: peter.streb (at)

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Research interests

Adaptation and acclimation to environmental stress conditions (radiation, cold, heat, salt) with a special focus on alpine plants

I investigate mechanism of model plants, which allow these plants to tolerate extreme climatic conditions. The studies are performed with plants cultivated and exposed under controlled conditions e.g. between Arabidopsis thaliana and Thellungiella salsuginea under salt stress. Most investigations are performed with alpine plants (Soldanella alpina, Ranunulus glacialis and Geum montanum) in their natural environment (changes of temperature and radiation).

In every model plant the photosynthetic response to extreme climatic conditions is investigated. I investigate the photosynthetic electron transport, the consumption of electrons for the carbon assimilation, the photorespiration and for alternative electron acceptors. Possible pigments involved in photoprotection (flavonoids, carotenoids) and the dissipation of excess energy as heat is measured.

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution


L2: Humans and Biodiversity
Excercices: Relation between stress and plants
Lecture: Life in extreme climats

L2: Plant physiology
Practical courses: Pigments, photosynthesis

L3: Plant metabolism
Practical courses: Acclimation to the light condition

L3: Plant ecophysiology
Practical courses: Chlorophyll fluorescence
Excercices: General ecophysiological methods
Lecture: The plant in the environment

L3: Applied botany in the natural environment
Practical courses: Light acclimation of plants (morphology, anatomy, growth, photosynthesis, pigments)

M1: Functional ecology
Lecture: Ecophysiology of alpine plants

M1: Methods and measurements in ecology
Practical courses: Hydrobiology

M2: Field work in the alpine Lautaret research station
Practical courses: Caracterization of acclimation strategies of alpine plants

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Career path

1994: Thesis at the university of Francfort
1994-2000: researcher at the university of Francfort
1999-2000: research grant at the CEA Grenoble
Since 2000: assistant professor at the university of Paris Sud
2003: habilitation at the university of Paris

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution


Hertwig B., Streb P., Feierabend J. (1992) Light dependence of catalase synthesis and degradation in leaves and the influence of interfering stress conditions. Plant Physiol. 100: 1547-1553

Streb P., Michael-Knauf A., Feierabend J. (1993) Preferential photoinactivation of catalase and photoinhibition of photosystem II are common early symptoms under various osmotic and chemical stress conditions. Physiol. Plant. 88: 590-598

Kar M., Streb P., Hertwig B., Feierabend J. (1993) Sensitivity to photodamage increases during senescence in excised leaves. J. Plant Physiol. 141: 538-544

Streb P. (1994) Lichtschäden und Streßwirkungen in Blättern und antioxidative Schutzmechanismen. Dissertation am Fachbereich Biologie der J.W. Goethe Universität

Streb P., Feierabend J. (1996) Oxidative stress responses accompanying photoinactivation of catalase in NaCl-treated rye leaves. Bot. Acta 109: 125-132

Heber U., Bligny R., Streb P., Douce R. (1996) Photorespiration is essential for the protection of the photosynthetic apparatus of C3 plants against photoinactivation under sunlight. Bot. Acta 109: 307-315

Streb P., Schaub H., Feierabend J. (1996) Latent oxidative stress responses of ozone-fumigated cucumber plants are enhanced by simultaneous cold exposures. Z. Naturforsch. 51c: 355-362

Feierabend J., Streb P., Schmidt M., Dehne S., Shang W. (1996) Expression of catalase and its relation to light stress and stress tolerance. In: Physical Stresses in Plants (S. Grillo, A. Leone, eds) Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg : 223-234

Streb P., Tel Or. E., Feierabend J. (1997) Light stress effects and antioxidative protection in two desert plants. Funct. Ecol. 11: 416-424

Streb P., Feierabend J., Bligny R. (1997) Resistance to photoinhibition of photosystem II and catalase and antioxidative protection in high mountain plants. Plant Cell Environ. 20: 1030-1040

Jagtap V., Bhargava S., Streb P., Feierabend J. (1998) Comparative effect of water, heat and light stresses on photosynthetic reactions in Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench. J. Exp. Bot. 49: 1715-1721

Streb P., Feierabend J. (1998) Effects of cold hardening on antioxidative protection and on the susceptibility to photoinhibition. In: Antioxidants in Higher Plants. Biosynthesis, Characteristics, Actions and Specific Functions in Stress Defence. (Noga G., Schmitz M., eds): 82-91

Streb P., Shang W., Feierabend J. (1998) Light and stress tolerance in high mountain plants is achieved by multiple strategies. In: G. Garab(ed.) Photosynthesis: Mechanisms and Effects Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dooodrecht Vol V: 4007-4010

Streb P., Shang W., Feierabend J., Bligny R. (1998) Divergent strategies of photoprotection in high-mountain plants. Planta 207: 313-324

Streb P., Feierabend J. (1999) Significance of antioxidants and electron sinks for the cold-hardening-induced resistance of winter rye leaves to photo-oxidative stress. Plant Cell Environ. 22: 1225-1237

Streb P., Shang W., Feierabend J. (1999) Resistance of cold-hardened winter rye leaves (Secale cereale L.) to photo-oxidative stress. Plant Cell Environ. 22: 1211-1223

Streb P., Aubert S., Gout E., Bligny R. (2003a) Reversibility of cold- and light-stress tolerance and accompanying changes of metabolite and antioxidant levels in the two high mountain plant species Soldanella alpina and Ranunculus glacialis. J. Exp. Bot. 54: 405-418

Streb P., Aubert S., Gout E., Bligny R. (2003b) Cold- and light-induced changes of metabolite and antioxidant levels in two high mountain plant species Soldanella alpina and Ranunculus glacialis and a lowland species Pisum sativum. Physiol. Plant. 118: 96-104

Crecelius F., Streb P., Feierabend J. (2003) Malate metabolism and reactions of oxidoreduction in cold-hardened winter rye (Secale cereale L.) leaves. J. Exp. Botany 54: 1075-1083

Streb P., Aubert S., Bligny R. (2003c) High temperature effects on light sensitivity in the two high mountain plant species Soldanella alpina (L.) and Ranunculus glacialis (L.). Plant Biol. 5, 432-440

Streb P.,  Josse E.-M., Gallouët E., Baptist F., Kuntz M., Cornic G. (2005) Evidence for alternative electron sinks to photosynthetic carbon assimilation in the high mountain plant species Ranunculus glacialis. Plant, Cell Environment 28, 1123-1135

Priault, C. Fresneau, G. Noctor, R. DePaepe, G. Cornic, P. Streb (2006) The mitochondrial CMSII mutation of Nicotiana sylvestris impairs adjustment of photosynthetic carbon assimilation to higher growth irradiance. Journal of Experimental Botany, 57, 2075-2085

Priault, G. Tcherkez, G. Cornic, R. De Paepe, R. Naik, J. Ghashghaie and P. Streb (2006) The lack of mitochondrial complex I in a CMSII mutant of Nicotiana sylvestris increases photorespiration through an increased internal resistance to CO2 diffusion. Journal of Experimental Botany 57, 3195-3207

Nogues S., Tcherkez G., Streb P., Pardo A., Baptist F., Bligny R., Ghashghaie J. and Cornic G. (2006) Respiratory carbon metabolism in the high mountain plant species Ranunculus glacialis Journal of Experimental Botany 57, 3837-3845

Streb P., Aubert S., Gout E., Feierabend J., Bligny R.(2008) Cross tolerance to heavy-metal and cold-induced photoinhibiton in leaves of Pisum sativum acclimated to low temperature. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants 14, 185-193

Rivasseau C., Seemann M., Boisson A.-M., Streb P.,Gout E., Douce R., Rohmer M., Bligny R (2009) Accumulation of 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 2,4-cyclodiphosphate in illuminated plant leaves at supraoptimal temperatures reveals a bottleneck of the prokaryotic methylerythritol 4-phosphate pathway of isoprenoid biosynthesis. Plant, Cell and Environment  32, 82–92

Baptist, C. Flahaut, P. Streb, P. Choler (2010) No increase in alpine snowbed productivity in response to experimental lengthening of the growing season. Plant Biology 12, 755-764

Laureau C., Bligny R., Streb P. (2011) The significance of glutathione for photoprotection at contrasting temperatures in the alpine plant species Soldanella alpina and Ranunculus glacialis Physiologia Plantarum 143 : 246-260

Djebbar R., Rzigui T., Pétriacq P., Mauve C.,Priault P., Fresneau C., De Paepe M., Florez-Sarasa I., Benhassaine-Kesri G., Streb P., Gakière B., Cornic G., De Paepe R. (2012) Respiratory complex I deficiency induces drought tolerance by impacting leaf stomatal and hydraulic conductances Planta 235: 603-614

Streb P. & Cornic G. (2012) Photosynthesis and Antioxidative Protection in Alpine Herbs. In Lütz C. (Ed) Plants in Alpine Regions: Cell Physiology of Adaptation and Survival Strategies, Springer Wien New York pp 75-97

 Ensminger I., Berninger F., Streb P. (2012) Response of photosynthesis to low temperature. In: Terrestrial photosynthesis in a changing environment:  A Molecular, Physiological and Ecological Approach. (ED: Jaume Flexas, Francesco Loreto & Hipólito Medrano) Cambridge University Press, pp 272-289

Berninger F., Streb P., Ensminger I. (2012) Ecophysiology of photosynthesis in boreal zones and high altitudes. In: Terrestrial photosynthesis in a changing environment:  A Molecular, Physiological and Ecological Approach. (ED: Jaume Flexas, Francesco Loreto & Hipólito Medrano) Cambridge University Press, pp 488-505

Laureau C.,  De Paepe R., Latouche G., Moreno-Chacón M., Finazzi G., Kuntz M., Cornic G., Streb P. (2013) Plastid terminal oxidase (PTOX) has the potential to act as a safety valve for excess excitation energy in the alpine plant species Ranunculus glacialis L. Plant, Cell and Environment 36, 1296-1310

Rzigui T., De Paepe R., Cornic G., Streb P. (2013) In the mitochondrial CMSII mutant Nicotiana sylvestris photosynthetic activity remains higher than in the WT under persisting mild water stress. Plant Science 205-206, 20-28

Laureau C.,  Meyer S., Baudin X., Huignard C., Streb P. (2015) In vivo epidermal UV-A absorbance is induced by sunlight and protects Soldanella alpina leaves from photoinhibition. Functional Plant Biology, 42, 599-608

Feilke K., Streb P., Cornic G., Perreau F., Kruk J., Krieger-Liszkay A. (2016) Effect of Chamydomonas plastid terminal oxidase 1 expressed in tobacco on photosynthetic electron transfer. The Plant Journal 85, 219-228 DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13101

Jaleh Ghashghaie, Franz W. Badeck, Cyril Girardin, Christophe Huignard, Zackarie Aydinlis, Charlotte Fonteny, Pierrick Priault, Chantal Fresneau, Marlène Lamothe-Sibold, Peter Streb and Valery J. Terwilliger (2016) Changes and their possible causes in δ13C of dark-respired CO2 and its putative bulk and soluble sources during maize ontogeny. Journal of Experimental Botany 67, 2603-2615 doi:10.1093/jxb/erw075