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See detailTuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) ability to develop on potato tubers
Bawin, Thomas ULiege; De Backer, Lara ULiege; Yarou, Boni Barthélémy ULiege 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 ULiege; Bebermans, Julien ULiege; Colinet, Frédéric ULiege 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 ULiege; Bawin, Thomas ULiege; Boullis, Antoine ULiege 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 ULiege; Frederich, Michel ULiege; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULiege 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 ULiege; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULiege; Hatt, Séverin ULiege 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 ULiege; Boullis, Antoine ULiege; Verheggen, François ULiege 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 ULiege; Serteyn, Laurent ULiege; Bawin, Thomas ULiege 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 ULiege; 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 ULiege; 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 ULiege; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULiege; 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 ULiege; Lognay, Georges ULiege; 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 ULiege; Fingu Mabola, Junior Corneille ULiege; Bawin, Thomas ULiege 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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See detailWill climate change affect insect pheromonal communication?
Boullis, Antoine ULiege; Detrain, Claire; Francis, Frédéric ULiege et al

in Current Opinion in Insect Science (2016)

Understanding how climate change will affect species interactions is a challenge for all branches of ecology. We have only limited understanding of how increasing temperature and atmospheric CO2 and O3 ... [more ▼]

Understanding how climate change will affect species interactions is a challenge for all branches of ecology. We have only limited understanding of how increasing temperature and atmospheric CO2 and O3 levels will affect pheromone-mediated communication among insects. Based on the existing literature, we suggest that the entire process of pheromonal communication, from production to behavioural response, is likely to be impacted by increases in temperature and modifications to atmospheric CO2 and O3 levels. We argue that insect species relying on long-range chemical signals will be most impacted, because these signals will likely suffer from longer exposure to oxidative gases during dispersal. We provide future directions for research programmes investigating the consequences of climate change on insect pheromonal communication. [less ▲]

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See detailAbility of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) to develop on alternative host plant species
Bawin, Thomas ULiege; Dujeu, David; De Backer, Lara ULiege et al

in Canadian Entomologist (2016), 148(4), 434-442

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a widespread devastating pest reported to develop on economically important solanaceous crops. The characterization of its host ... [more ▼]

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a widespread devastating pest reported to develop on economically important solanaceous crops. The characterization of its host range could help to understand and prevent the dispersion behavior of the insect in the environment. In this study, the ability of T. absoluta to develop on 12 cultivated or non-cultivated plants including Solanaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Fabaceae and Malvaceae species under laboratory conditions was assessed. For each plant species, we monitored the development times of immature stages, survival, sex ratios and adult fecundity rates. All the 6 tested non-solanaceous plants, including Chenopodium, Convolvulus and Malva species, were not able to sustain (i.e. allow growth and development) T. absoluta larvae. Among Solanaceae, Solanum species were the most suitable host plants for the pest, but others could be opportunistically colonized with fewer incidences. T. absoluta appears to be strongly related to solanaceous plants which would predominantly support self-sustaining field populations. Preventing crop infestation by removing potential host plants in the immediate field vicinity and culture rotations with non-solanaceous crops is of primary importance. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of slow-release plant infochemicals to control aphids: a first investigation in a Belgian wheat field
Zhou, Haibo; Chen, Longsheng; Liu, Yong et al

in Scientific Reports (2016)

Using infochemicals to develop a push–pull strategy in pest control is a potential way to promote sustainable crop production. Infochemicals from plant essential oils were mixed with paraffin oil for slow ... [more ▼]

Using infochemicals to develop a push–pull strategy in pest control is a potential way to promote sustainable crop production. Infochemicals from plant essential oils were mixed with paraffin oil for slow release in field experiments on wheat to control the population density of cereal aphids and to enhance their natural enemies. (Z)-3-Hexenol (Z3H) attracted Metopolophum dirhodum and Sitobion avenae, the predominant species on wheat in Belgium, and may be a useful infochemical for aphid control by attracting aphids away from field plots. Release of (E)-β-farnesene (EBF) or a garlic extract (GE) led to a significant decrease in the abundance of wheat aphids. The main natural enemies of cereal aphids found were lacewings (47.8%), hoverflies (39.4%), and ladybirds (12.8%). Ladybird abundance varied little before the end of the wheat-growing season. Our results suggest that these chemicals can form the basis of a “push–pull” strategy for aphid biological control, with GE and EBF acting as a pestand beneficial-pulling stimulus and Z3H for aphid pulling. [less ▲]

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See detailBiofilm fermentation for the production of insect pathogenic fungi
Bawin, Thomas ULiege; Francis, Frédéric ULiege; Delvigne, Frank ULiege

Poster (2016, July 27)

Currently, integrated pest management that aims to reduce the use of synthetic insecticides by considering all appropriate alternative methods, is promoted. In that context, insect pathogenic fungi could ... [more ▼]

Currently, integrated pest management that aims to reduce the use of synthetic insecticides by considering all appropriate alternative methods, is promoted. In that context, insect pathogenic fungi could be developed as biopesticides in two ways: spores but also metabolites that are recognized as virulence factors. Targeting adequate fermentation method is an important requirement to obtain fungal products (i.e. spores, enzymes and metabolites) of biotechnological interest. The 'Microbial Processes and Interactions' laboratory has developed an innovative fermentation technology (referred to as ‘biofilm fermentation’) involving the growth of fungal biomass on inert supports that are immersed in a liquid nutrient medium. Confining fungal biomass on immersed inert structures provides a hybrid production system aiming to keep a solid-state physiology for sporulation and secretion of metabolites while controlling fermentation parameters. This research project proposes to transfer this technology to culture insect pathogenic fungi, such as Metarhizium anisopliae, for the production of spores and insecticidal metabolites. Development stages include the qualitative and quantitative characterization of its impact on insecticidal products as well as scale-up to industrial level. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of entomopathogenic fungi on biology and behaviour of the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae)
Fingu Mabola, Junior Corneille ULiege; Serteyn, Laurent ULiege; Bawin, Thomas ULiege et al

Poster (2016, July 25)

Halyomorpha halys St˚al (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 St˚al (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 Europe, this Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was accidentally introduced in Switzerland in 2007 and has been later observed in surrounding countries (France, Italy, Germany). Based on the current US situation, we can reasonably fear that BMSB will have colonized most of Europe countries in less than a decade. If we already discern a few fungus strains that are efficient against BMSB, very little is known about their actual impact on the insect itself. So we investigated the in- fluence of a fungal infection on insect development parameters and behaviour. Olfactometry was settled to investigate the dispersion and aggregation trends, while electropenetography was used to assess the feeding behaviour. Our results will be discussed to present changes according to healthy/fungus-infected status, in relation to potential biological control for that pest. [less ▲]

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