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See detailParasitisme d’Apis mellifera adansonii (Latreille 1804) et de Meliponula bocandei (Spinola 1853) par Aethina tumida (Murray 1867): premier recensement au Gabon et impact sur la domestication
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2017), 70

The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray 1867), has been reported in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This parasite is considered as a minor threat to strong Apis mellifera (Linnaeus 1758 ... [more ▼]

The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray 1867), has been reported in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This parasite is considered as a minor threat to strong Apis mellifera (Linnaeus 1758) colonies in Africa and as a major threat during the transfer of wild colonies of Meliponula bocandei (Spinola 1853) in hives. There is no data for Gabon and the state of wild colonies is still poorly known. Then, this study aims (1) to make a first prevalence assessment of A. tumida in wild colonies of A. mellifera and M. bocandei in Gabon; (2) to verify the effectiveness of quarantine implementation during the transfer of M. bocandei in hives against A. tumida. For that, 59 nests of A. mellifera and 25 nests of M. bocandei were inspected in two locations. Twelve nests of M. bocandei were transferred in hives with a quarantine for 4 days while 12 nests were transferred without quarantine. Aethina tumida was observed in more than 70 % of A. mellifera nests and in a single nest of M. bocandei. No damage was observed in nests of A. mellifera. More than 60 % of brood sections in quarantine or not were destroyed by A. tumida in hives. This study provided first evidence of the presence of A. tumida in Gabon and the need to develop a more effective method to domesticate M. bocandei in hives. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of walnut husk (Juglans regia L.) volatiles and the behavioural response of the invasiveWalnut Husk Fly, Rhagoletis completa Cresson
Sarles, Landry ULg; Boullis, Antoine ULg; Fassotte, Bérénice ULg et al

in Pest Management Science (2017)

Abstract BACKGROUND: Several European countries are important walnut (Juglans regia L.) producers. However, these countries must contendwith the recent introduction of theWalnut Husk Fly,Rhagoletis ... [more ▼]

Abstract BACKGROUND: Several European countries are important walnut (Juglans regia L.) producers. However, these countries must contendwith the recent introduction of theWalnut Husk Fly,Rhagoletis completa Cresson (Diptera, Tephritidae),which is causing severe economic losses, especially in organic production. Because most Tephritid fruit flies use kairomones in their search for host plants, we hypothesise that this highly specialist species orients toward the volatile blend released by walnut husks. RESULTS:We collected, identified, and quantified the volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) released by walnut husks from themost commonly cultivated variety in France (Franquette). Then, the behavioural response of R. completa toward synthetic odour blends was recorded in dual choice assays conducted in net cages. A total of 26 VOCs were identified, with 𝜶-pinene, 𝜷-pinene, trans-linalool, eugenol, and tetradecane representing the major constituents. In the dual choice assay, male and female R. completa were strongly attracted to synthetic blend that includedmost of the identified husk VOCs. CONCLUSION:When searching for a host plant, R. completa use host fruit kairomones. The potential of these semiochemicals in monitoring andmanagement of this quarantine pest is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAbondance et diversité des communautés lombriciennes dans la Réserve et Domaine de Chasse de Bombo-Lumene (Kinshasa)
Milau Empwal, Fils; Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; KIFUKIETO MANZANZA, Carmel et al

in Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci (2017)

Les vers de terre sont des espèces importantes des écosystèmes édaphiques dotées des capacités de transformer leur biotope et même parfois de créer de nouveaux habitats pour d’autres organismes. En effet ... [more ▼]

Les vers de terre sont des espèces importantes des écosystèmes édaphiques dotées des capacités de transformer leur biotope et même parfois de créer de nouveaux habitats pour d’autres organismes. En effet, ils modifient la morphologie, la structure et la composition du sol par leur action à la fois physique, chimique et biologique. Ils ont ainsi une implication intéressante dans la fertilité et le cycle des nutriments du sol. Cette étude a été effectuée dans la Réserve et Domaine de Chasse de Bombo-Lumene (RDCBL) à Kinshasa. Elle avait pour objectif d’évaluer l’effet de l’occupation du sol sur la composition et la structure des communautés lombriciennes. Dix-huit parcelles regroupées en 6 biotopes ont été échantillonnées: les forêts denses semi décidues, les galeries forestières, les recrûs forestiers, les savanes arborescentes, les savanes herbeuses, et les sols sous culture. Au total, 10 espèces de vers de terre ont été identifiées. Elles appartiennent aux deux grandes familles tropicales : celle des Acanthodrilidae et celle des Eudrilidae. Les biotopes naturels sont les plus riches en termes de richesse d’espèces comparés aux biotopes les plus anthropisés. Dans cette étude, le type d’occupation du sol affecte considérablement la diversité des vers de terre. [less ▲]

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See detailCooking Has Variable Effects on the Fermentability in the Large Intestine of the Fraction of Meats, Grain Legumes, and Insects That Is Resistant to Digestion in the Small Intestine in an in Vitro Model of the Pig’s Gastrointestinal Tract
POELAERT, Christine ULg; Despret, Xavier; Sindic, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2017), 65

This study aimed to evaluate the fermentation in the large intestine of indigestible dietary protein sources from animal, insect, and plant origin using an in vitro model of the pig’s gastrointestinal ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to evaluate the fermentation in the large intestine of indigestible dietary protein sources from animal, insect, and plant origin using an in vitro model of the pig’s gastrointestinal tract. Protein sources were used raw and after a cooking treatment. Results showed that the category of the ingredient (meats, insects, or grain legumes) exerts a stronger impact on enzymatic digestibility, fermentation patterns, and bacterial metabolites such as short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) than the cooking treatment. The digestibility and the fermentation characteristics of insects were more affected by the cooking procedure than the other categories. Per gram of consumed food, ingredients from animal origin, namely, meats and insects, were associated with fewer fermentation end-products (gas, H2S, SCFA) than ingredients from plant origin, which is related to their higher small intestinal digestibility. [less ▲]

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See detailDo flower mixtures with high functional diversity enhance aphid predators in wildflower strips?
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg et al

in European Journal of Entomology (2017), 114

Among semi-natural elements in agricultural landscapes, wildflower strips sown at field margins or within fields represent potential habitats for the natural enemies of insect pests. As insects are ... [more ▼]

Among semi-natural elements in agricultural landscapes, wildflower strips sown at field margins or within fields represent potential habitats for the natural enemies of insect pests. As insects are sensitive to a variety of flower traits, we hypothesised that mixtures with high functional diversity attract and support a higher abundance and species richness of aphid flower visiting predators compared to mixtures with low functional diversity. During a field experiment, repeated over two years (2014 and 2015) in Gembloux (Belgium), aphid predators (i.e., lacewings, ladybeetles and hoverflies) were pan-trapped in five sown flower mixtures (including a control mixture, with three replicates of each mixture) of low to high functional diversity based on seven traits (i.e., flower colour, ultra-violet reflectance and pattern, blooming start and duration, height and flower class, primarily based on corolla morphology). In both years, flower species in the sown mixtures (i.e., sown and spontaneous flowers) were listed, and the realised functional diversity of each plot was calculated. Over the two years, an increase in functional diversity did not result in an increase in the abundance and richness of aphid predators. Moreover, ladybeetles, representing the majority of trapped predators, were more abundant in mixtures with very low or intermediary functional diversity at sowing, especially in 2014. We hypothesise that certain flower species, which were abundant in certain mixtures (and not in those exhibiting the highest functional diversity), attracted predators and were sufficiently represented to support them. Our results present novel information that could be used to the development of flower mixtures that provide effective ecosystem services, such as pest control. [less ▲]

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See detailPest regulation and support of natural enemies in agriculture: Experimental evidence of within field wildflower strips
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Boeraeve, Fanny ULg et al

in Ecological Engineering (2017), 98

tRestoring ecosystem services in agriculture is vital to reach a sustainable food production. More specif-ically, developing farming practices which enhance biological pest control is a main issue for ... [more ▼]

tRestoring ecosystem services in agriculture is vital to reach a sustainable food production. More specif-ically, developing farming practices which enhance biological pest control is a main issue for today’sagriculture. The aim of this study was to assess whether the two strategies of complicating the search ofhost plants by pests by increasing plant diversity, and of supporting their natural enemies by managinghabitats, could be combined simultaneously at the field scale to restore biological pest control and reducechemical insecticide use. In Gembloux (Belgium), wildflower strips (WFS) were sown within wheat cropsin which pests (i.e., aphids), their predators (i.e. aphidophagous hoverflies, lacewings and ladybeetles)and parasitoid wasps were monitored for 10 weeks in the period of May through July 2015 as indicatorsof the ES of pest control. Aphids were significantly reduced and adult hoverflies favoured in wheat inbetween WFS, compared to monoculture wheat plots. No significant differences were observed for adultlacewings, ladybeetles and parasitoids. In all treatments, very few lacewing and ladybeetle larvae wereobserved on wheat tillers. The abundance of hoverfly larvae was positively correlated with the aphid den-sity on tillers in between WFS, showing that increasing food provisions by multiplying habitats withinfields, and not only along margins, can help supporting aphidophagous hoverflies in crops. By enhancingthe ecosystem services of biological pest control, this study shows that increasing both plant diversityand managing habitats for natural enemies may reduce aphid populations, hence insecticide use. Futureresearch should continue this vein of work by quantifying the link between agricultural practices and thedelivery of ecosystem services in order to guide future measures of agricultural policies. [less ▲]

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See detailInsects complex associated with the tropical basil, Ocimum gratissimum L. (Lamiaceae) in southern Benin.
Yarou, Boni Barthélémy ULg; Bokonon-Ganta, H. Aimé; Assogba Komlan, Françoise et al

Poster (2016, December 16)

Tropical basil is an aromatic leafy vegetable used for its medicinal and therapeutic properties in numerous countries in West Africa (Benin, Nigeria, Togo, etc.). In Benin, it is produced on almost all ... [more ▼]

Tropical basil is an aromatic leafy vegetable used for its medicinal and therapeutic properties in numerous countries in West Africa (Benin, Nigeria, Togo, etc.). In Benin, it is produced on almost all urban and periurban garden throughout the year for fresh market. Until now there are few or nearly no publications about the arthropod community of this specie, even less in the context of Benin. Thus, to assess this community, basil plots were mowed using a sweep net in three localities (Ouidah, Togba and Sèmè) of southern Benin. Preliminary results focus on the different insect families that colonized tropical basil in southern Benin environmental conditions. These include: Aphididae (Homoptera), Cercopidae (Homoptera), Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera), Coccinelledidea (Coleoptera), Meloidae (Coleoptera), Braconidae (Hymenoptera), Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera), Formicidae (Hymenoptera), Vespidae (Hymenoptera), Apoidae (Hymenoptera), Reduviidae (Heteroptera), Pentatomidae (Heteroptera), Pyrgomorphidae (Orthoptera), Acrididae (Orthoptera), Syrphidae (Diptera), Diopsidae (Diptera). Among these families, there are pests: Aphis gossypii G. (Homoptera: Aphididae), Zonocerus variegatus L. (Orthoptera: Pyrgomorphidae), etc.; predators: Ischiodon aegyptius W. (Diptera: Syrphidae), Cheilomenes spp. (Coleoptera: Coccinelledidea), Rhynocoris spp. (Heteroptera: Reduviidae), etc.; parasitoids and pollinators. From this study, it appeared that there is a large diversity of families and functional groups (pests, predators, parasitoids and pollinators) associated with tropical basil . Moreover, the presence of natural enemies could be an advantage for farmers in intercropping systems. This would help reduce the use of synthetic insecticides. This result, which is a first knowledge of the insect fauna associated with tropical basil under the environmental conditions of Southern Benin, will be supplemented by a spatio temporal study to assess the variability and the dynamics of this insect fauna. [less ▲]

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See detailTuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) ability to develop on potato tubers
Bawin, Thomas ULg; De Backer, Lara ULg; Yarou, Boni Barthélémy ULg et al

Poster (2016, December 16)

Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is a widespread pest that threatens commercial production of solanaceous crops. Larvae feed on the mesophyll of all aerial parts of the plants resulting in ... [more ▼]

Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is a widespread pest that threatens commercial production of solanaceous crops. Larvae feed on the mesophyll of all aerial parts of the plants resulting in significant yield losses and cosmetic damages.It is classically assumed that underground plant parts are not affected but larval development on potato tubers has recently been suspected. However, this assumption is poorly supported in the literature. Potato tubers might represent an unsuspected mean of persistence and dispersal in agricultural environments.Oviposition tests were here conducted using dormant and active (sprouts less than 5 cm) potato tubers in net cages. Oviposition only occurred on the sprouts of active tubers, supporting larval growth until adult emergency. Tuber dissection revealed burrows starting from sprouts inside the flesh. Additional fitness assays were conducted on non-sprouted tubers and revealed that first instar larvae were able to enter the skin and create burrows, living inside and feeding on potato flesh, although none of them survived. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Impact of Diseases Transmission in Pollinators Decline
Noël, Grégoire ULg; Bebermans, Julien ULg; Colinet, Frédéric ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, December 02)

Ongoing global biodiversity loss is a growing concern for our society. This involves also the pollinators community which ensures insect-pollinated plant reproduction in our natural environment and ... [more ▼]

Ongoing global biodiversity loss is a growing concern for our society. This involves also the pollinators community which ensures insect-pollinated plant reproduction in our natural environment and provides a great ecosystem service to mankind, particularly for food safety and human welfare. The aim of this study is two-fold: i) to produce a comprehensive update of the decline of pollinators at global scale and ii) to focus especially on the issue of pollinators disease transmission. In this research we argue that the cause of insect-pollinator decline is multi-factorial, including anthropogenic pressures such as land-use change (habitats loss, agricultural intensification…), climate change, pesticides and the spread of alien species and diseases. It also appears that the high prevalence of a broad range of insects and commercial use of pollinators are key drivers of pathogens transmission (virus, parasites …). However, the dynamics of pathogens transmission is still poorly known and, in turn, more scientific research must be performed to have a better insight of this issue. Finally, pollinators decline results from synergetic actions among these stress generators at different spatio-temporal levels emphasized by the globalization of commercial exchanges. [less ▲]

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See detailOviposition deterring effect of Ocimum basilicum L. (Lamiaceae) on Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
Yarou, Boni Barthélémy ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg; Boullis, Antoine ULg et al

Poster (2016, December 02)

Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is one of the most important pests of tomato, reducing crop yield in greenhouses and fields, in several countries around the world. Because synthetic ... [more ▼]

Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is one of the most important pests of tomato, reducing crop yield in greenhouses and fields, in several countries around the world. Because synthetic insecticides lead to resistance and have adverse effects on natural enemies and producers’ health, there is a need for alternatives. In this study, we assess the oviposition deterring effect of O. basilicum using dual-choice behavioral assays performed in flight tunnels. Two modalities were tested, i.e. (1) a tomato plant associated either with an O. basilicum plant versus a tomato plant associated with a plastic pot only filled with potting soil, and (2) a tomato plant with basil essential oil (EO) formulated in paraffin oil (PO) versus a tomato plant with PO only. A 1 ml cylindrical polyethylene plug loaded with 100 µl of solution (formulated EO or PO) was placed on each plant as a diffuser. Forty-eight hours after the release of unsexed adult individuals randomly sampled from the rearing in the central area of the tunnel, we found that plants and EOs reduced T. absoluta oviposition behavior on a nearby located tomato plant. GC-MS analyses showed that the major constituents include estragol (73.8%), linalool (8.6%), β-elemene (2.9%) in O. basilicum essential oils and E-α-bergamotene (38.9%), methyl eugenol (26.1 %), E-β-ocimene (17.7 % ) in O. basilicum VOCs collected with solid-phase micro-extraction method. These results suggest a valuable potential of O. basilicum and associated essential oils as component of an integrated management strategy against the tomato leafminer. [less ▲]

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See detailNutritional Composition and Rearing Potential of the Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus Zetterstedt)
Paul, Aman ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg et al

in Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology (2016), 19(4), 1111-1116

Insects, particularly those belonging to the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), are commonly consumed as human food in many parts of the world. Grasshoppers of the species Chorthippus parallelus are ... [more ▼]

Insects, particularly those belonging to the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), are commonly consumed as human food in many parts of the world. Grasshoppers of the species Chorthippus parallelus are abundantly found throughout Europe. However, these insects were not consumed by Europeans till now, but could possibly be used as human food, which is why we investigated their chemical composition. We found that they contain high level of proteins (69%), with an excellent amino acid profile and protein digestibility (97%). Furthermore, specimens of C. parallelus have an interesting fatty acids profile and minerals composition. Preliminary toxicity assessment indicates that these insects do not exhibit toxicity towards neutrophil cells (white blood cells). These data suggest that C. parallelus could be considered for human consumption. Rearing trials done during the study show that commercial rearing could be developed to produce sufficient biomass for sustaining human consumption. [less ▲]

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See detail两种挥发性化学信息素与小麦-豌豆间作协同作用
Xu, Qingxuan ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Hatt, Séverin ULg et al

Conference (2016, November 10)

当今的害虫防治理念已从传统的“杀灭”转向科学的“调控”,生态调控成为可持续农业领域中的研究热点之一。间作提高农作物的多样性是作物虫害生态调控途径之一,间作作物导致农田生物多样性增加、为天敌昆虫提供食物和避难所,从而使天敌种类和数量增加,为目标害虫控治作用增强。已有结果表明小麦与豌豆间作、混作,不仅有效降低小麦上麦长管蚜的种群数量,增加了天敌控制害虫的稳定性和持续性, ... [more ▼]

当今的害虫防治理念已从传统的“杀灭”转向科学的“调控”,生态调控成为可持续农业领域中的研究热点之一。间作提高农作物的多样性是作物虫害生态调控途径之一,间作作物导致农田生物多样性增加、为天敌昆虫提供食物和避难所,从而使天敌种类和数量增加,为目标害虫控治作用增强。已有结果表明小麦与豌豆间作、混作,不仅有效降低小麦上麦长管蚜的种群数量,增加了天敌控制害虫的稳定性和持续性, 而且可以增产保收、养地改土。一些昆虫取食诱导的挥发物和昆虫自身分泌物(如水杨酸甲酯MeSA、蚜虫报警信息素EBF)具有驱避蚜虫对植食性昆虫进行行为调控的直接防御,还可以通过吸引第三级营养级的天敌昆虫,提升间接防御害虫作用。 为了探索作物间作与行为调控挥发物的协同的控害效果,本研究采用小麦间作豌豆、协同化学信息素(MeSA、EBF)的释放,于比利时Gembloux地区连续两年(2015年3月-8月年和2016年3月-8月)进行田间实验。结果表明与单纯小麦-豌豆间作相比,小麦-豌豆间作配合EBF、MeSA的释放,提高了蚜茧蜂对豌豆蚜的寄生率,对蚜虫天敌草蛉、食蚜蝇、瓢虫也具有强烈的吸引作用,豌豆蚜及麦蚜的无翅蚜田间发生量分别降低达35%和30%。 间作的豌豆可以为天敌提供栖居和食物,有利于蚜虫天敌的繁殖,而豌豆蚜的发生峰期早于麦蚜发生峰期一周左右,因此间作结合挥发物的释放,更有利于豌豆田中的蚜虫主要天敌最大程度的转移到麦田中防控麦蚜,有效降低麦蚜发生峰期的种群数量,两种方法组合构成“吸引-补偿”(Attract–Reward)的机制,将挥发物行为调控与栖境管理两种防控害虫的方法有效的结合起来,进一步增强生防效果,有助于建立综合的小麦害虫绿色防控体系。 [less ▲]

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See detailComportement du puceron du pois face aux volatiles du basilic.
Yarou, Boni Barthélémy ULg; Boullis, Antoine ULg; Verheggen, François ULg et al

Poster (2016, October 22)

Les pucerons font partie des insectes qui causent des dégâts d’importances économiques sur une grande diversité de plantes cultivées. Les insecticides de synthèse généralement utilisés pour les contrôler ... [more ▼]

Les pucerons font partie des insectes qui causent des dégâts d’importances économiques sur une grande diversité de plantes cultivées. Les insecticides de synthèse généralement utilisés pour les contrôler montrent de plus en plus leurs limites (résistance), et sont néfastes pour l’homme et l’environnement. Dans la recherche de méthodes de lutte alternatives, le comportement de choix d’Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris (Homoptera : Aphididae) exposé à des sources d’odeurs de plant de fèves (Vicia fabae L.) et du basilic européen (Ocimum basilicum L.) à l’aide d’un olfactomètre en Y a été étudié. Les observations de cette expérience montrent que les pucerons se dirigent préférentiellement vers la source d’odeurs de fève et y passent plus de temps. Ce résultat montre que les volatiles du basilic ont un effet répulsif sur les pucerons du pois. D’autres tests seront évalués sur des espèces de pucerons plutôt généralistes afin de valider l’effet répulsif du basilic sur les pucerons. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts de champignons entomopathogènes sur la biologie et le comportement de la punaise diabolique (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae)
Fingu Mabola, Junior Corneille ULg; Serteyn, Laurent ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2016, October 22)

Halyomorpha halys Stål, la punaise diabolique, est une espèce invasive préoccupante en provenance d’Asie de l’Est. En moins de 15 années, elle a colonisé près de l’ensemble des Etats-Unis d’Amérique ... [more ▼]

Halyomorpha halys Stål, la punaise diabolique, est une espèce invasive préoccupante en provenance d’Asie de l’Est. En moins de 15 années, elle a colonisé près de l’ensemble des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, occasionnant des pertes de rendement considérables dans les vergers et les cultures en champs ainsi que des nuisances dans les habitations durant l’hiver. La punaise diabolique a été recensée en Suisse en 2007, et il est à craindre qu’elle colonise la presque totalité de l’Europe d’ici 2020. Cette étude a pour objectif de prévenir l’installation de la punaise diabolique dans les pays européens en se focalisant sur le contrôle biologique. Des scientifiques américains ont développé une stratégie « attirer et tuer » basée sur la phéromone d’agrégation de la punaise diabolique et des pesticides. D’autres ont montré l’efficacité d’un champignon pathogène d’insectes (Beauveria bassiana strain GHA. Afin d’établir un contrôle rapide du ravageur en Europe, compatible avec l’agriculture biologique, une idée serait de combiner l’effet attractif de la phéromone d’agrégation et l’application de spores de B. bassiana. Dans cette étude, l’impact du champignon sur la mortalité de l’insecte et son autodissémination sont évalués. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and evaluation of real-time PCR targets for the detection of insect in feed
Gerard, Amaury ULg; Debode, Frédéric; Marien, Aline et al

Poster (2016, October 19)

Insects are rich in proteins and could be an alternative source of proteins to feed animals. Numerous companies started the production of insects at small or larger scale as feed for chicken and fish ... [more ▼]

Insects are rich in proteins and could be an alternative source of proteins to feed animals. Numerous companies started the production of insects at small or larger scale as feed for chicken and fish. Most of the business models for feed production are based on the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) or the mealworm (Tenebrio molitor). In Europe, these novel feed are not yet authorized and products are commercialized outside Europe or eventually used as pet food (e.g. wild birds). For further authorization in Europe, many questions must be clarified concerning the presence of antinutritional compounds, the risk associated to pathogens, to residues (pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals) and to allergens. To authorize such products on the market, methods to detect if a product really contains insects and to authenticate insect products are also mandatory. European Commission Regulation No 51/2013 named the Polymerase Chain Reaction as a reference method to determine the constituents of animal origin in feed. Targets focused on insects (target common to all insects) and targets specific to particular insect species are required. PCR methods are developed at CRA-W in this way. Among the methods developed, three of them already gave interesting results. The first one (81 bp) is specific to all insects excepting individuals from the Diptera order. The two others (94 bp and 114 bp) are specific to Tenebrio molitor. The specificity of the targets was tested against 45 insect species and on 10 commercial insect-based feed products (real-processed feed material samples). The sensitivity of the method was assessed through the AFNOR XP V03-020-2 standard approach using the LOD6 method. The three methods reached the recommended performance criteria (LOD≤ 20 copies). [less ▲]

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See detailTransmission Efficiency of Cucumber Mosaic Virus by Myzus persicae According to Virus Strain and Aphid Clone from China
Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Yin, Ronling; Bragard, Claude et al

in Asian Journal of Plant Pathology (2016)

Background: Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) is one of the most important viruses infecting vegetables in the fields throughout the world. Transmission efficiency of CMV could depend on the variability of ... [more ▼]

Background: Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) is one of the most important viruses infecting vegetables in the fields throughout the world. Transmission efficiency of CMV could depend on the variability of virus strain but also aphid vector species and/or clones. Materials and Methods: By sequence analysis, the coat protein gene of CMV strains from different regions revealed that the CMV isolates used for this study belong to the same group. Both CMV strains and Myzus persicae (Sulzer) aphid clones were investigated for their role in viral dispersion by reciprocal tests on Nicotiana tabacum (L.) using the same clone of Myzus persicae towards different CMV strains or using one CMV strain on different Myzus persicae clones. Results: Virus transmission efficiency was found to be significantly influenced by selected CMV strains (from 5-30% of transmission rate for identical aphid clone) and also by the selected aphid clones (variation from 15-70% of transmission rate for identical virus strain). Conclusion: The CMV transmission efficiency depends on the variability of virus strain but also aphid vector clones. Combining the variability of CMV transmission rates for both aphid and virus sides, the prediction and modeling of virus spreading seems to be difficult to organize and are closely dependent on the variability of each protagonist-aphid and virus. [less ▲]

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See detailWritting a review like a research paper - The methodology used in Lopes et al. 2016
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Chen, Ju Lian et al

Scientific conference (2016, September 29)

This presentation aimed at giving methodological keys in order to write a systematic review of the literature. It was based on the Lopes et al. 2016 - Wheat based intercropping systems for biological pest ... [more ▼]

This presentation aimed at giving methodological keys in order to write a systematic review of the literature. It was based on the Lopes et al. 2016 - Wheat based intercropping systems for biological pest control, In: Pest Management Science [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a semiochemical-based control method against the walnut husk fly, Rhagoletis completa Cresson
Sarles, Landry ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg; Verhaeghe, Agnès et al

Poster (2016, September 15)

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See detailInvestigation on dispersion and feeding behavior of non-native stink bugs, related to interactions with their environment
Serteyn, Laurent ULg; Fingu Mabola, Junior Corneille ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 14)

Halyomorpha halys Stål (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) is an invasive stink bug coming from Eastern Asia. Besides causing important yields losses in orchards, crop and vegetable fields, it overwinters inside ... [more ▼]

Halyomorpha halys Stål (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) is an invasive stink bug coming from Eastern Asia. Besides causing important yields losses in orchards, crop and vegetable fields, it overwinters inside houses as agglomerates of dozens. In the USA, this Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has been first observed in Pennsylvania. Fifteen years later, it is well established in 41 states. In Europe, BMSB was accidentally introduced in Switzerland in 2007 and has been later observed in surrounding countries (France, Italy, Germany). Based on the US situation, we can reasonably fear that BMSB will have colonized most of Europe countries in less than a decade. This stink bug is not recorded in EPPO quarantine lists, though. According to our investigation on the interactions between stink bugs and their host plants, complementary behavioural and electrophysiological approaches were developed using BMSB. Also, comparative experiments with another non-native stink bug already well established in Europe, namely Nezara viridula L., were performed. After comparing the feeding and dispersion behaviours of both bugs, the impact of entomopathogenic fungi on bug behaviour was investigated. Our results will be discussed to present changes according to bug species, host plant and healthy/fungal infested status, in relation to potential biological control for these pests. [less ▲]

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