P. Le Gall, L. Garnery et P.-A. Calatayud wrote an article about the insect decline in the United Nations journal, UN-Environment. The little things that run the world are disappearing and very few seem to care.
Bruno Le Ru (DEEIT) and colleagues published a work on Neogene grasslands. They tested the hypothesis that Neogene grasslands acted as a major adaptive zone for herbivore lineages. They used Sesamiina moths. The work is accepted in Nature Communications.
In this article, the authors showed that a single mutation contributes both to the loss of sensory organs under the phallus of some drosophila species and to the up sizing of a sex comb on their legs. This is the first report of morphological evolution between species occurring through the change of a single nucleotide.
These results were the basis of a short article on the website of INSB in CNRS.
Edible insects are trendy: Philippe Le Gall (DEEIT) was invited to talk in the “Cabaret de la Science” broadcast led by Fred Courant from “L’esprit Sorcier” at the Cité des Sciences the 6th and 7th of October 2018. To listen to the broadcast, please click here.