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See detailRisques d'introduction des alphavirus responsables des encéphalites virales équines américaines en Belgique
De la Grandière de Noronha Cotta, Maria Ana ULg; Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2012, March)

Les virus transmis par des arthropodes hématophages (arbovirus) représentent une menace pour la santé animale et humaine en fonction de l’augmentation de l’émergence des arboviroses en dehors des ... [more ▼]

Les virus transmis par des arthropodes hématophages (arbovirus) représentent une menace pour la santé animale et humaine en fonction de l’augmentation de l’émergence des arboviroses en dehors des territoires endémiques. Les arbovirus étudiés ici appartiennent au genre Alphavirus et à la famille des Togaviridae, et sont composés d’un génome à ARN simple brin de polarité positive et enveloppés. Ces virus sont des pathogènes exotiques des équidés et causent des maladies graves chez l’homme lors d’épidémies. Les arbovirus présentent une épidémiologie complexe car ils se retrouvent au centre de l’interaction avec 5 composants : le virus, le vecteur, le réservoir, les espèces animales sensibles et l’environnement. Les voies d’introduction possible en Belgique de ces virus ont été investiguées ici en fonction des caractéristiques étiologiques et épidémiologiques de chaque virus. L’encéphalite équine de l’Est (EEEV) a un cycle complexe principal incluant les oiseaux et des moustiques comme Culiseta melanura. Les souches nord-américaines et sud-américaines peuvent être différenciées antigéniquement et génétiquement et ont des différences importantes dans leur cycle de transmission et au niveau de leur virulence. Le cycle naturel de l’EEEV se réalise chaque année dans des zones marécageuses et la migration d’oiseaux virémiques serait une hypothèse à sa réintroduction printanière annuelle. Certaines années, le virus peut être amplifié pendant ce cycle oiseaux-moustiques et le virus devient disponible à d’autres espèces de vecteurs qui font le pont entre les oiseaux et les humains ou d’autres mammifères comme les chevaux. Grâce à cette observation, l’EEEV a pu être isolé de vecteur comme Ochlerotatus sollicitans, Coquillettidia perturbans ou encore Culex pipiens et Aedes vexans qui sont deux espèces bien présentes en Europe. Le risque d’importation de l’EEEV semble peu élevé, elle pourrait se faire par l’intermédiaire du transport volontaire ou involontaire, légal ou illégal d’espèces réservoirs d’oiseaux comme des passériformes (ex : moineau domestique ou des oiseaux d’eau (ex : Egretta thula), des rongeurs comme le rat des cotonniers, des vertébrés ectothermiques comme les amphibiens (ex : Rana catesbeiana) ou des reptiles (ex : Agkistrodon piscivorus), ou encore par le transport accidentel de vecteurs compétents. L’encéphalite équine de l’Ouest (WEEV) est retrouvée dans l’Ouest de l’Amérique du Nord et en Amérique du Sud. Ce virus est un virus recombinant entre le Sindbis virus et l’EEEV. Le virus est inclus dans un cycle qui implique des passereaux et Culex tarsalis. Un deuxième cycle moins connu est rapporté et implique un lapin ou lièvre sauvage (Lepus europaeus) avec un moustique du genre Aedes. Comme pour l’EEEV, les humains et les chevaux ne développent pas une virémie suffisante pour infecter les moustiques et continuer le cycle. Le WEEV pourrait être introduit en Europe par différentes voies : les vecteurs arthropodes adultes infectés ou leurs œufs pour Aedes dorsalis, l’introduction d’oiseaux comme des passériformes ou des mammifères comme le lièvre sauvage virémiques. L’acquisition de la compétence d’un vecteur indigène local comme Culex pipiens ou Aedes dorsalis doit aussi être envisagée. Le groupe des virus de l’encéphalite équine vénézuélienne (VEEV) est sous-divisé en souches enzootiques et souches épizootiques qui utilisent le cheval comme hôte amplificateur. Les souches épizootiques sont opportunistes pour leur choix de vecteurs avec comme conséquence un large panel de vecteurs potentiels. L’introduction et l’établissement de ce virus en Belgique est possible via des moustiques infectés, des rongeurs comme le rat des cotonniers ou des oiseaux d’eau infectés, des chevaux et des hommes infectés qui sont des hôtes amplificateurs pour les souches épizootiques. En conclusion, il convient de faire la distinction entre l’introduction et l’établissement d’une infection de ces virus en Belgique. L’introduction peut se faire par l’intermédiaire de vecteurs insectes ou d’hôtes oiseaux ou mammifères comme les rongeurs ou encore le cheval et l’homme dans le cas du VEEV épizootique. Le maintien de l’infection nécessite la présence de vecteurs indigènes avec une compétence vectorielle ou de vecteurs compétents invasifs pour ces virus ainsi que la présence d’hôtes mammifères ou oiseaux phylogénétiquement apparentés à des espèces réservoirs dans les régions américaines où ces virus sont endémiques. [less ▲]

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See detailTesting semiochemicals from aphid, plant and conspecific: attraction of Harmonia axyridis
Leroy, Pascal ULg; Schillings, Thomas ULg; Farmakidis, Julien ULg et al

in Insect Science (2012), 19

Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) is an invasive specie affecting the dynamics and composition of several guilds. Nowadays, no biological control method is available to reduce the ... [more ▼]

Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) is an invasive specie affecting the dynamics and composition of several guilds. Nowadays, no biological control method is available to reduce the populations of this harmful coccinellid. Attractants and semiochemicals seem to be the best alternative but only few studies have tested the impact of semiochemicals on this Asian lady beetle. In this work, through wind-tunnel experiments, semiochemicals from aphids [Z,E-nepetalactone, (E)-β-farnesene, α-pinene and β-pinene], from coccinellids [(-)-β-caryophyllene] and from the nettle Urtica dioica L. were envisaged as potential attractants. The nettle volatile compounds [(Z)-3-hexenol and (E)-2-hexenal] were extracted using a Clevenger Apparatus® and identified by headspace-GC-MS. The main components of the aphid alarm pheromone as well as a component of the aphid sexual pheromone strongly attracted both sexes of the Asian lady beetle while (-)-β-caryophyllene only attracted few individuals and had no impact on the males. The nettle extract as well as the (Z)-3-hexenol oriented both males and females to the odour source. The (E)-2-hexenal was showed to have no effect on females even if this green leaf volatile attracted males. This study highlighted that some semiochemicals from aphids and from nettle extracts orientated the harlequin ladybird H. axyridis. These volatile compounds could certainly help for an efficient biological control approach against this invasive specie. [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction network of antimicrobial peptides of Arabidopsis thaliana, based on hith-throughput yeast two-hybrid screening
Damon, Coralie ULg; Dmitrieva, Joelia Borisnova; Muhovski, Yordan et al

in Plant Physiology & Biochemistry (2012)

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See detailPurification and characterisation of a 31 kDa chitinase from the Myzus persicae aphid, a target for Hemiptera biocontrol
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Saguez, Julien; Cherqui, Anas et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2012), 166

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See detailLe Conservatoire entomologique de Gembloux: lieu de conservation et de valorisation du patrimoine wallon
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2012), 65

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See detailE-b-farnesene synergizes the influence of an insecticide to improve control of cabbage aphids in China
Cui, L.L; Dong, J.; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Crop Protection (2012)

Extensive use of pesticides to control insect pests can have negative effects on the environment, natural enemies and food safety. The aphid alarm pheromone, E-b-farnesene (Ebf), appears to hold strong ... [more ▼]

Extensive use of pesticides to control insect pests can have negative effects on the environment, natural enemies and food safety. The aphid alarm pheromone, E-b-farnesene (Ebf), appears to hold strong potential for controlling a wide variety of aphid pests. To understand the control potential of Ebf, we used field experiments in a factorial design to test its influence and that of the insecticide imidacloprid on populations of aphids Lipaphis erysimi (Kaltenbach) and Myzus persicae (Sulzer) on Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa pekinensis (Brassicales: Brassicaceae). Our results showed imidacloprid treatment alone can significantly decrease aphid populations, and that combining insecticide with Ebf further reduced numbers of apterous aphids at distances of 5 m from pheromone emitters in two years of our experiments. Our results demonstrate that imidacloprid can be effective in reducing the abundance of aphids in Chinese cabbage fields, but the degree of control can be even stronger in the presence of Ebf. [less ▲]

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See detailThe functional significance of E-b-Farnesene: Does it influence the populations of aphid natural enemies in the fields?
Cui, L-L; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Biological Control (2012)

Aphids cause much damage to Chinese cabbage in northern China. Over reliance on pesticides have large environmental and human health costs that compel researchers to seek alternative management tactics ... [more ▼]

Aphids cause much damage to Chinese cabbage in northern China. Over reliance on pesticides have large environmental and human health costs that compel researchers to seek alternative management tactics for aphid control. The component of aphid alarm pheromone, E-b-Farnesene (EbF), extracted from Matricaria chamomilla L., which attracts natural enemies in the laboratory, may have significant implications for the design of cabbage aphid control strategies. The purpose of this paper is to understand the effects of EbF on natural enemies to cabbage aphid control in Chinese cabbage fields. Ladybeetles on Chinese cabbage leaves in EbF released plots and Aphidiidae in EbF released yellow traps were significantly higher than those of in controls. No significant differences were detected in the interactions of different treatments and the two years for all natural enemies. More important, lower aphid densities were found in EbF released plots. Our results suggested that the EbF extracted from M. chamomilla L. could attract natural enemies to reduce cabbage aphids in the Chinese cabbage fields. [less ▲]

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See detailAphid alarm pheromone: An overview of current knowledge on biosynthesis and functions
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Mescher, Mark C.; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2012), 42

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See detailChanges in termites feeding diets for gut micro-organisms selection and further cultivation
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg; Matteotti, Christel ULg et al

Poster (2011, October 02)

Termites gut may overcome important dietary perturbations, initial diversity acting as key point buffering effects on host, although termites possess their own enzymatic system. Some artificial diets ... [more ▼]

Termites gut may overcome important dietary perturbations, initial diversity acting as key point buffering effects on host, although termites possess their own enzymatic system. Some artificial diets permitted a simplification of the lower termites gut symbiotic system, which could be used as first step in symbionts isolation and cultivation. Preliminary assay of cultivation actually gave encouraging results. Proteomic proved to be suitable tool to investigate such a complex system. Nevertheless, for some symbionts very few genes are sequenced, which should lead to more targeted proteomic studies. Protein chromatography will allow to split up the proteome and more accurate analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of mevalonate pathway in aphids
Vandermoten, Sophie ULg; Yu, Wenjuan; Chen, Julian et al

Poster (2011, October)

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See detailMicroorganisms from aphid honeydew attract natural enemies and tending ants
Verheggen, François ULg; Leroy, Pascal; Fischer, Christophe ULg et al

Conference (2011, August)

Aphids are some of the most serious pests of cultivated crops worldwide, causing major yield and economic losses. Previous works have demonstrated ants and natural enemies (including ladybeetles and ... [more ▼]

Aphids are some of the most serious pests of cultivated crops worldwide, causing major yield and economic losses. Previous works have demonstrated ants and natural enemies (including ladybeetles and hoverflies) to be able to use aphid volatile chemicals to locate aphid colonies. Here, we report the first isolation of a bacterium from the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum honeydew, Staphylococcus sciuri, which produces kairomones used by the aphidophagous hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus and the Asian Ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis during their search for prey colonies. Some specific semiochemicals produced by S. sciuri were identified as attractants and ovipositional stimulants. Similarly, we have shown scouts of the aphid tending ant species, Lasius niger, to orientate their foraging behaviour toward an Aphis fabae infested plant and we have demonstrated that the odours released by this aphid honeydew were attractive for ant scouts. Again, bacteria were involved in the production of these honeydew semiochemicals. Interestingly, ant scouts were also able to discriminate honeydew odour from A. fabae (usually attended by L. niger) and A. pisum (unattendedby L. niger). Comparison of the volatile and bacteria composition of both aphid species honeydew were attended. [less ▲]

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See detailAphid - phytovirus interactions: investigation of virus binding mechanisms in insect vectors by lectin use and proteomic approach
Yattara, Almouner Ag Alhamis ULg; Véronique Genin, Eric Haubruge; Francis, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2011, July 11)

Aphids are well known for their role in virus transmission to host plant. In some cases, the virus is transmitted from plant to plant simply attached to the cuticule of the mouthparts or the forget. For ... [more ▼]

Aphids are well known for their role in virus transmission to host plant. In some cases, the virus is transmitted from plant to plant simply attached to the cuticule of the mouthparts or the forget. For other, circulative virus transmission based on virion internalization through the aphid gut followed by transfer to salivary glands and finally to next plant during aphid feeding is required. In both situations, presence of receptor components through the digestive tract of the aphids is needed for virus binding and further transmission to next plants even if not localized at the same place. In order to investigate the specific binding of virus on particular aphid receptors, two aphid-virus models were selected to be tested using several lectins showing differential sugar binding specificities. Virus transmission efficacy assays with Myzus persicae and potato virus but also Acyrthosiphon pisum and pea enation mosaic virus were performed using a range of lectins to assess the potential competition of lectins and virus. Some interesting lectins were found to reduce the virus transmission with a 2 fold factor showing potential use of lectin in virus spread control. The aphids were also investigated by a proteomic approach using a two Dimension-Differential in Gel Electrophoresis (2D-Dige) coupled with mass spectrometry to determine the aphid proteins involved in virus transmissions. Head or digestive tubes of aphids were collected and investigated for non persistant or persistant virus models respectively. Differential abilities of aphids to transmit the selected virus models are discussed in relation with lectin affinity specificity and investigated aphid proteins found to be involved in vector-virus interactions. The application of lectin as potential way to reduce virus transmission by aphids will also be developed. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroorganisms from Aphid Honeydew Attract and Enhance the Efficacy of Natural Enemies
Leroy, Pascal ULg; Sabri, Ahmed ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Nature Communications (2011), 2

Aphids are one of the most serious pests of crops worldwide, causing major yield and economic losses. To control aphids, natural enemies could be an option but their efficacy is sometimes limited by their ... [more ▼]

Aphids are one of the most serious pests of crops worldwide, causing major yield and economic losses. To control aphids, natural enemies could be an option but their efficacy is sometimes limited by their dispersal in natural environment. Here we report the first isolation of a bacterium from the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum honeydew, Staphylococcus sciuri, which acts as a kairomone enhancing the efficiency of aphid natural enemies. Our findings represent the first case of a host-associated bacterium driving prey location and ovipositional preference for the natural enemy. We show that this bacterium has a key role in tritrophic interactions because it is the direct source of volatiles used to locate prey. Some specific semiochemicals produced by S. sciuri were also identified as significant attractants and ovipositional stimulants. The use of this host-associated bacterium could certainly provide a novel approach to control aphids in field and greenhouse systems. [less ▲]

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