Born in 1957 in France, Philippe Nicot received the diploma of Engineer in Agronomy (with a major in Plant Protection) from AgroParisTech in 1980. In 1985, he completed his PhD degree in Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He then went to China as a postdoctoral fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences and worked in the Microbiology Department of China Agricultural University for four years (research and teaching). In 1989, he returned to France and joined INRA as a research scientist at the Plant Pathology Unit of INRA-Avignon, to conduct work on diseases of fruits and vegetables. He became head of the research group on fungal diseases, and later served from 2003 to 2008 as director of the Plant Pathology Unit.
His research interests are focused on the epidemiology and on the development of non-chemical control methods against diseases of fruit and vegetables. Since 1991, he has been involved in several EU-funded research projects on biological control and/or IPM and has evaluated national and international research projects as an independent expert. He teaches plant pathology and IPM in undergraduate and Masters programs of the University of Avignon, AgroCampusOuest and MontpellierSupAgro.
He has attended numerous IOBC-WPRS WG meetings since 1990, and participated in the local and scientific organization of several international conferences. He has served as General Secretary of IOBC-WPRS from 2005 to 2013 and as President since.