David CROS

David Cros                                   

David Cros  CIRAD 


Oil palm geneticist (Montpellier, France, 2020-present)   

Oil palm geneticist (Yaoundé, Cameroun, 2015-2020)   

Oil palm geneticist (Montpellier, France, 2011-2015)  

Oil palm breeder/Geneticist (Pobè, Benin, 2006-2011)          



My researches primarily focus on breeding methodologies in order to maximize the genetic gain. I am mostly interested in quantitative genetics, genomics and statistics applied to oil palm and rubber tree breeding. 



Improving the accuracy of genomic predictions in an outcrossing species with hybrid cultivars between heterozygote parents: a case study of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) (Feb 15, 2022, Molecular Genetics and Genomics)

Optimizing imputation of marker data from genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) for genomic selection in non-model species: Rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) as a case study (Jan 29, 2021, Genomics)

Genomic predictions improve clonal selection in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) hybrids (final version published Aug. 8, 2020 in Plant Science)




See list of main publications on CIRAD website or Google Scholar (and full list here




***Reviewing activitiesIndustrial Crops and ProductsPlos One, etc. 


***PhD studies (2011 - 2014): Factors controling the efficiency of genomic selection in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis)

Agricultural production must increase at an unprecedented rate to meet the strong growth expected in food demand. Genomic selection (GS) could contribute to reaching this goal by allowing selection of individuals on their sole genotype, making breeding more efficient. Breeding for yield in oil palm, the first oil crop in the world, is currently based on hybrid production by reciprocal recurrent selection. The integration of GS to this scheme would have major repercussions. My thesis aimed to assess the potential of GS to predict hybrid combining abilities in parental populations (Deli and group B).

[quantitative genetics, computer simulation, oil palm breeding, genomic selection]





In the lab


Artificial pollination in oil palm


Oil palm dry seeds

Website Map:

          - PhD thesis (pdf) and PhD defense (video)

          - Powerpoints of conference talks

          - Pictures, posters & animations on oil palm breeding

          - MOLCOANC software (pedigree reconstruction)



David Cros

Department: Biological Systems
Research unit: AGAP Institut (Genetic improvement and adaptation of mediterranean and tropical plants)
Genome and selection of perennials (GSP) - Co-team Manager
TA A-108/1
34398 Montpellier Cedex 5 


Group picture at UY1

From left to right: Achille NYOUMA (PhD student), Norman MUNYENGWA (M2 student), David CROS, Essubalew GETACHEW (PhD student), Billy TCHOUNKE (PhD student), Oct. 31 2019University of Yaoundé 1


















Related links:

       Official statistics for oil palm production:



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