Biological pest control on TV

The DEEIT team contributed to a television report dealing with biological pest control.  It will be broadcasted on Arte the 11th of  october at 22h40 (rediffusion the following days on Arte +7). The film is entitled  « The new warriors of the fields » by Claude-Julie Parisot. It is a documentary lasting 50 min on biological pest control: researches, applications, stakes…10 minutes are dedicated to the researches of DEEIT on Cotesia sesamiae, a little parasitoïd wasp which lays its eggs in a lepidopteran caterpillar.

Here are the links to visualize teasers of the documentary in french and in english:,

This film is selected for the Parisciences festival and will be shown the 9th of october at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris (from 16h to 17h30, including debate). Coming is free of charge, but registrating is compulsory because the number of seats is restricted.

Please register here:

Cette entrée a été publiée le 16 septembre 2016, dans News.

The collective book of GDR 3692 « Environmental genomics » is out

The collective book of GDR 3692 is available. Here are its references:

Under the direction of D. Faure et D. Joly
Illustrated book (174 pages) ISTE Editions. Parution july 2016.
Génomique environnementale, la révolution du séquençage à haut débit
An electronic version plus a printed book in French
On the web site of ISTE Editions (France)
Insight on environmental genomics, the high-throughput sequencing revolution
An electronic version and a printed book in English

On the web site of ISTE Editions (UK)

Cette entrée a été publiée le 15 septembre 2016, dans News.

Synchrotron analysis of a mummified salamander

Nicolas Pollet (POLYGNOME) published in collaboration with colleagues an article reporting the synchrotron analysis of a mummified salamander dating from Eocene. This analysis allowed a phylogenetic analysis of the mummy: the fossil belongs to the pseudosaurian caudates.To read the article.

Cette entrée a été publiée le 15 septembre 2016, dans News.

A new species appearing in Mayotte’s drosophila

Speciation is a rare phenomenon. Yet in Mayotte scientists (among them Jean David, IGGIPOP) described a population of D. yacuba drosophila feeding on the fruit of the Morinda tree which is toxic to flies on the african continent. This could provides the geographic isolation and the ecological specialization that are necessary to speciation.

The article was published in PNAS. It was also the subject of a short article on the INEE site.

Cette entrée a été publiée le 27 juillet 2016, dans News.