Florence, Mougel

PhD, 1997

Tel. 33 1 69 82 37 19
Fax 33 1 69 82 37 36
Mail. florence.mougel-imbert@legs.cnrs-gif.fr


My present research focuses on mechanisms of adaptation an dis based on two biological models:

  • Parasitoid insects belonging to the Cotesia genus for which I study the components of reproductive success, in particular the ones related to host adaptation
  • hematophagous bugs vector of the Chagas disease belonging the genus Triatoma and Rhodnius for which I’m interested in adaptation to anthropic environment.

I develop genetic tools (mapping based on neutral markers, identification of QTL), genomics (assembly and identification of interesting genes) and transcriptomics (differential expression analysis).



  • Diversity and Evolution of living organisms
  • Biological cycle and development
  • Genetics
  • Statistics

Development of interactive exercises:


Benoist, C. Capdevielle-Dulac, C. Chantre, R. Jeannette, P.-A. Calatayud, J.-M. Drezen, S. Dupas, A. Le Rouzic, B. Le Ru, L. Moreau, E. Van Dijk, L. Kaiser, F. Mougel (2020) Quantitative Trait Loci involved in the reproductive success of a parasitoid wasp. Molecular Ecology. DOI:10.1111/mec.15567

Alford, P. Louâpre, F. Mougel, J. van Baaren (2020) Measuring the evolutionary potential of a winter-active parasitic wasp to climate change. Oecologia. In press

Benoist, S. Paquet, F. Decourcelle, J. Guez, R. Jeannette, P.-A. Calatayud, B. Le Ru, F. Mougel, L. Kaiser (2020) Role of egg-laying behavior, virulence and local adaptation in a parasitoid’s chances of reproducing in a new host. Journal of Insect Physiology, 120, 103987. DOI:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2019.103987.

Benoist, R., C. Chantre, C. Capdevielle-Dulac, M. Bodet, F. Mougel, P. A. Calatayud, S. Dupas, E. Huguet, R. Jeannette, J. Obonyo, C. Odorico, J. F. Silvain, B. Le Ru & L. Kaiser (2017) Relationship between oviposition, virulence gene expression and parasitism success in Cotesia typhae nov sp parasitoid strains. Genetica, 145, 469-479. 10.1007/s10709-017-9987-5.

A. Marchant, F. Mougel, E. Jacquin-Joly, J. Costa, C. E. Almeida, M. Harry (2016) Under-Expression of Chemosensory Genes in Domiciliary Bugs of the Chagas Disease Vector Triatoma brasiliensis. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0005067

A. Marchant, F. Mougel, V. Mendonça, M. Quartier, E. Jacquin-Joly, J.A. da Rosa, E. Petit, M. Harry (2016) Comparing de novo and reference-based transcriptome assembly strategies by applying them to the blood-sucking bug Rhodnius prolixus. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  69 : 25–33. DOI 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.05.009

A. Marchant, F. Mougel, V. Mendonça, M. Quartier, E. Jacquin-Joly, J.A. da Rosa, E. Petit, M. Harry (2015) Comparing de novo and reference-based transcriptome assembly strategies by applying them to the blood-sucking bug Rhodnius prolixus. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  DOI 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.05.009

M. Arca, F. Mougel, T. Guillemaud, S. Dupas, Q. Rome,  A. Perrard, F. Muller, A. Fossoud, C. Capdevielle-Dulac, M. Torres-Leguizamon, X. X. Chen, J. L. Tan, C. Jung, C. Villemant, G. Arnold, J.-F. Silvain (2015) Reconstructing the invasion and the demographic history of the yellow-legged hornet, Vespa velutina, in Europe. Biol Invasions. DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-0880-9

A. Marchant, F. Mougel , C. Almeida, E. Jacquin-Joly, J. Costa, M. Harry (2015) De novo transcriptome assembly for a non-model species, the blood‐sucking bug Triatoma brasiliensis, a vector of Chagas disease. Genetica 143:225–239. DOI 10.1007/s10709-014-9790-5.

B. Bertrand, M. Alburaki, H. Legout, S. Moulin, F. Mougel, L. Garnery (2014) MtDNA COI-COII marker and drone congregation area: An efficient method to establish and monitor honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) conservation centres. Molecular Ecology Resources. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12339ISTEX

M. Arca,  A. Papachristoforou, F. Mougel, A. Rortais, K. Monceau, O. Bonnard, P. Tardy, D. Thiéry, J.-F. Silvain, G. Arnold (2014) Defensive behaviour of Apis mellifera against Vespa velutina in France: Testing whether European honeybees can develop an effective collective defence against a new predator. Behavioural Processes 106: 122–129. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2014.05.002

Mougel F., Poursat M.-A., Beaume N., Vautrin D., Solignac M. (2014) High-resolution linkage map for two honeybee chromosomes: the hotspot quest. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 289 (1) : 11 – 24. DOI 10.1007/s00438-013-0784-2

K Monceau, M Arca, L Leprêtre, F Mougel, O Bonnard, JF Silvain, N Maher, G Arnold, D Thiéry (2013). Native prey and invasive predator patterns of foraging activity: The case of the Yellow-Legged Hornet predation at European Honeybee hives. In PLoS ONE 8(6): e66492. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066492

N Bessoltane, C Toffano-Nioche, M Solignac, F Mougel (2012) Fine Scale Analysis of Crossover and Non-Crossover and Detection of Recombination Sequence Motifs in the Honeybee (Apis mellifera). In PLoS ONE 7(5): e36229. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036229

M Arca, C Capdevielle-Dulac, C Villemant, F Mougel, G Arnold, J-F Silvain (2012) Development of microsatellite markers for the yellow-legged Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, a major threat for European bees. In Conservation Genetics Resources 4: 283-286.

F Mougel, M Solignac, D Vautrin, E Baudry, J Ogden, A Tchapla, H Schweitz, H Gilbert (2012) Quantitative traits loci (QTL) involved in body colour, wing morphometry, cuticular hydrocarbons and venom components in honeybee, 162-181. In Apidologie 43 (2).

M Solignac, F Mougel, D Vautrin, M Monnerot, J M Cornuet (2007) A third-generation microsatellite-based linkage map of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, and its comparison with the sequence-based physical map, R66. In Genome Biol 8 (4).

M Solignac, L Zhang, F Mougel, B Li, D Vautrin, M Monnerot, J M Cornuet, K C Worley, G M Weinstock, R A Gibbs (2007) The genome of Apis mellifera: dialog between linkage mapping and sequence assembly, 403. In Genome Biol 8 (3).

M Beye, I Gattermeier, M Hasselmann, T Gempe, M Schioett, J F Baines, D Schlipalius, F Mougel, C Emore, O Rueppell, A Sirvio, E Guzman-Novoa, G Hunt, M Solignac, R E Page Jr. (2006) Exceptionally high levels of recombination across the honey bee genome, 1339-1344. In Genome Res 16 (11).

Honeybee Genome Sequencing Consortium (2006) Insights into social insects from the genome of the honeybee Apis mellifera, 931-949. In Nature 443 (7114).

M Solignac, D Vautrin, E Baudry, F Mougel, A Loiseau, J M Cornuet (2004) A microsatellite-based linkage map of the honeybee, Apis mellifera L, 253-262. In Genetics 167 (1).

F Mougel, C Manichanh, G Duchateau N’guyen, M Termier (2004) Genomic choice of codons in 16 microbial species., 315-329. In Journal of biomolecular structure dynamics 22 (3).

E Baudry, P Kryger, M Allsopp, N Koeniger, D Vautrin, F Mougel, J M Cornuet, M Solignac (2004) Whole-genome scan in thelytokous-laying workers of the Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis): central fusion, reduced recombination rates and centromere mapping using half-tetrad analysis, 243-252. In Genetics 167 (1).

M Solignac, D Vautrin, A Loiseau, F Mougel, E Baudry, A Estoup, L Garnery, M Haberl, J.-M. Cornuet (2003) Five hundred and fifty microsatellite markers for the study of the honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) genome, 307-311. In Mol Ecol Notes.

G Queney, N Ferrand, S Weiss, F Mougel, M Monnerot (2001) Stationary distributions of microsatellite loci between divergent population groups of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)., 2169-2178. In Molecular Biology and Evolution 18 (12).

N Ferrand, M Azevedo, F Mougel (2000) A diallelic short tandem repeat (CCCCG)4 or 5, located in intron 1 of rabbit alpha-globin gene., 74-75. In Animal Genetics 31 (1).

G Queney, N Ferrand, S Marchandeau, M Azevedo, F Mougel, M Branco, M Monnerot (2000) Absence of a genetic bottleneck in a wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) population exposed to a severe viral epizootic., 1253-1264. In Molecular Ecology 9 (9).

W Van Der Loo, F Mougel, M S Sánchez, C Bouton, E Castien, A Fonseca, N Ferrand, R Soriguer, M Monnerot (1999) Cytonuclear disequilibria in wild populations of rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.) suggest unequal allele turnover rates at the b locus (IGKC1)., 629-643. In Immunogenetics 49 (7-8).

W Van Der Loo, F Mougel, C Bouton, M S Sanchez, M Monnerot (1999) The allotypic patchwork pattern of the rabbit IGKC1 allele b5wf: genic exchange or common ancestry?, 7-14. In Immunogenetics 49 (1).

F Mougel, J C Mounolou, M Monnerot (1997) Nine polymorphic microsatellite loci in the rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus., 58-59. In Animal Genetics 28 (1).

W Van Der Loo, C E Bouton, M Sanchez, F Mougel, E Castién, R Hamers, M Monnerot (1995) Characterization and DNA sequence of the b6w2 allotype of the rabbit immunoglobulin kappa 1 light chain (b locus)., 333-341. In Immunogenetics 42 (5).

Monique Monnerot, J D Vigne, Christophe Biju-DuvaL, D Casane, C Callou, C Hardy, F Mougel, Ramon C Soriguer, Nicole Dennebouy, Jean-Claude Mounolou (1994) Rabbit and man: genetic and historic approach, 167s-182s. In Genetics Selection Evolution 26 (1).