Aurélie Hua-Van (IGGIPOP) is involved in a project carried by a team of University of Tours in collaboration with scientists from University of Valence.
This work showed that genes from parasitic wasps were found in the genome of numerous butterflies. These genes intregrated the genome thanks to the viruses that parasitic wasps injected in the caterpillar when they laid their eggs. These butterflies can so be called natural GMOs. This work was distinguished by a brève on l’INEE’ web site.
Laure Kaiser’s team published results showing that the population of the tiny parasitoid wasps Cotesia sesamiae that infect the caterpillar of Sesamiae nonagrioides is in fact a new species. This work was published in Evolutionary Applications: read the original paper.
The work was used as material for a short communication of the INEE web site.
Philippe Le Gall (DEEIT) organized a field school in Nord West Cameroun from the 15th of april to the 25th of april 2015. Nicolas Pollet (Polygnome) participated among other europeans and camerounaise teachers.