Butterflies modified by viruses

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.

The paper references are: Recurrent Domestication by Lepidoptera of Genes from their Parasites Mediated by Bracoviruses par Leila Gasmi, Hélène Boulain, Jérémy Gauthier, Aurélie Hua-Van, Karine Musset, Agata Jakubowska, Jean-Marc Aury, Anne-Nathalie Volkoff, Elisabeth Huguet, Salvador Herrero, Jean-Michel Drezen, publié dans PLOS Genetics le 17 septembre 2015

This entry was posted on 1 October 2015, in News.

A new species of Cotesia sesamiae

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.

This entry was posted on 24 July 2015, in News.

Field training in Cameroun

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.

The french embassy published a post about this unique experience.

This entry was posted on 20 May 2015, in News.

The eatable insects

Frédéric Marion-Poll (Pacs) collaborated to the making of a reportage on eatable insects. The CNRS Le Journal web site put it on display.

The newspaper Le Monde chose it to go on its web site.

This entry was posted on 30 April 2015, in News.