Tomorrow’s food

Two scientists, Samir Mezdour and Philippe Le Gall (DEEIT), will discuss with the audience about what our diet will be tomorrow: insects, plants and algae in our plates?

This is going to take place at the F Mitterand médiathèque in Les Ulis saturday, the 27th of February at 11h.

This entry was posted on 29 January 2016, in News.

A case where female drosophilas mimick males

The work of Jean David (IGGIPOP), Amir Yassin and colleagues on the variability of females of Drosophila erecta was published in Nature Communications. The authors showed that one gene, the tan gene, was responsible for the existence of two types of females, one ressembling the males with a black abdomen and the other harboring a white abdomen.

The females with black abdomen would have an advantage when sexual competition is at its top because they are less attractive and hence are less subjected to sexual harrassment from the males. This would maintain this variability of abdomen coloration of females which appears to date from long ago.

To read the article click here.

Sequencing of the Rhodnius prolixus genome published

A group of 3 laboratories (Laboratoire Evolution, Génomes, Comportement, Ecologie (EGCE – CNRS/IRD/Univ Paris Sud), Institut d’Ecologie et des Sciences de l’Environnement de Paris (IEES – INRA/CNRS/UPMC/IRD/UPEC/Paris-Diderot) et Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l’Insecte (IRBI – CNRS/Univ. François Rabelais) is involved in the international work that led to the publication of the sequence of the genome of the insect vector of Chagas disease Rhodnius prolixus. The 3 french laboratories were more particularly in charge of the study of the genes involved in sensory perception.

This work was published  in PNAS.

This piece of news was recalled in the INEE web site “En direct des laboratoires”.

This entry was posted on 10 December 2015, in News.

Empreinte du vivant l’ADN de l’environnement just published!

EXE COUV genomique

Dominique Joly (PACS) and Sylvie Salamitou (Communication) with Denis Faure (I2BC) were in charge of the coordination of the writing  of a collective book on environnemental genomics.

This book title is “Empreinte du vivant l’ADN de l’Environnement” and it is published by CNRS and cherche midi.

The book offers a broad view of the current research in environnemental genomics and was written by members of the french community of this field for a general audience.

It offers 10 chapters, largely illustrated with beautiful photographs, which deal with current environnemental genomics topics .

It is possible to buy it in bookstores at the price of 24,90 euros.

To read the press release please click herei.

Dominique Joly has been interviewed by  Radio Télévision Suisse about this book. To listen to this interview cliquer ici.

This entry was posted on 18 November 2015, in News.

A scientist from EGCE implements a R software course in Bolivia

A 30h R software course started the 19th of October in the Ecology Institute of UMSA (La Paz, Bolivia). It is organized by IRD in collaboration with the “Centro de Análisis Espacial”. François Rebaudo, with the help of Quentin Struelens (UMR EGCE), proposes a full training on the basis of this software. R is a programmation language and a free software for scientific data treatment, statistical analysis and graph creation ( It is nowadays the most powerful and popular tool for the treatment of scientific data. This course is open to everyone, students as well as teachers and scientists.


This entry was posted on 29 October 2015, in News.