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See detailDevelopment of natural semiochemical slow-release formulations as biological control devices
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie ULg; Leroy, Pascal ULg et al

in Ioannou, Efstathia; Roussis, Vassilios (Eds.) Trends in natural products research : a PSE young scientists' meeting, June 12-15, 2011, Kolymvari - Crete. Book of abstracts (2011, June 12)

Semiochemicals – informative molecules used in insect-insect or plant-insect interactions – have been widely considered within various integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. In the present work, two ... [more ▼]

Semiochemicals – informative molecules used in insect-insect or plant-insect interactions – have been widely considered within various integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. In the present work, two sesquiterpenoids, E-β-farnesene and E-β-caryophyllene, were formulated for their properties as aphid enemy attractants. E-β-farnesene, the alarm pheromone of many aphid species, was also identified as a kairomone by attracting aphid predators and parasitoids. E-β-caryophyllene was identified as a potential component of the aggregation pheromone of the Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis Pallas, another aphid predator. The two products were purified from essential oils of Matricaria chamomilla L. (Asteraceae) and Nepeta cataria L. (Lamiaceae), respectively. Natural and biodegradable formulations were then investigated in order to deliver these molecules on crop fields for a long period of time as biological control devices. Due to their sensitivity to oxidation, both sesquiterpenes needed to be protected from oxygen degradation. For this purpose, alginate – hydrophilic matrix with low oxygen permeability – was used as polymer for the formulations: the main objective was to deliver semiochemicals in the air in a controlled way. Consequently, a careful selection of alginates was realised. Formulated beads showed different structural and encapsulation properties depending on various formulation factors. Alginate formulations were characterised by texturometry and by confocal microscopy in order to observe the distribution of semiochemicals in alginate network. The last step of alginate bead characterisation consisted in studying release rate of semiochemicals in laboratory-controlled conditions by optimised volatile collection system and validated fast GC analytical procedures Finally, the efficiency of formulations as aphid predator (Syrphidae species) and parasitoid (Aphidius ervi) attractants was demonstrated by field trapping and olfactometry experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailA semiochemical enhancing the attractiveness of aphidophagous predators in potato crops
Leroy, Pascal ULg; Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Sabri, Ahmed ULg et al

Poster (2011, May 24)

Aphids are major pests of crops worldwide and the use of pesticides has led to resistant populations. The integration of aphid natural enemies in integrated management programs could be an option, but ... [more ▼]

Aphids are major pests of crops worldwide and the use of pesticides has led to resistant populations. The integration of aphid natural enemies in integrated management programs could be an option, but their efficacy is often limited by their quick dispersal from the ecosystem where they are released. Here, using wind-tunnel and field experiments, we have demonstrated that 3-Methyl-2-butenal acts as an efficient attractant and ovipositional stimulant for the hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer) (Diptera: Syrphidae), enhancing its efficiency as biological control agent in crop fields. Wind-tunnel assays allowed determining that a minimal dose of 250 µg of 3-Methyl-2-butenal is required to attract the hoverflies over a distance of 2.5 m while a minimal dose of 500 µg is needed to induce the oviposition. Both attraction and oviposition increased proportionally to the tested doses showing that hoverflies are able to regulate their oviposition according to the chemical stimuli from their environment. In field experiments, both Syrphidae and Chrysopidae were strongly attracted by the 3-Methyl-2-butenal at a dose of 10 mg which also induces the oviposition of these two aphid predators in potato crops. This study also highlighted that hoverflies are the most abundant aphid predators found in natural environment. Against aphids, the use of this semiochemical could certainly enhance the efficiency of natural enemies. Furthermore, the use of the chemical cue 3-Methyl-2-butenal could provide a novel approach to control aphids in field and greenhouse systems. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution to the study of semiochemical slow-release formulations as biological control devices
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

Semiochemicals – informative molecules used in insect-insect or plant-insect interactions – have been widely considered within various integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. In the present thesis ... [more ▼]

Semiochemicals – informative molecules used in insect-insect or plant-insect interactions – have been widely considered within various integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. In the present thesis, two sesquiterpenoids, E-β-farnesene and E-β-caryophyllene, were formulated for their related properties as aphid enemy attractants. E-β-farnesene, the alarm pheromone of many aphid species, was also identified as a kairomone by attracting and inducing oviposition of aphid predators (Episyrphus balteatus De Geer (Diptera: Syrphidae)) and by attracting aphid parasitoids (Aphidius ervi Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)). E-β-caryophyllene was identified as a potential component of the aggregation pheromone of the Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis Pallas, another aphid predator. The two products were purified from essential oils of Matricaria chamomilla L. (Asteraceae) and Nepeta cataria L. (Lamiaceae) for E-β-farnesene and E-β-caryophyllene, respectively. Natural and biodegradable slow-release formulations were then investigated in order to deliver these molecules on crop fields for a long period of time as biological control devices. Due to their sensitivity to oxidation, both sesquiterpenes needed to be protected from oxygen degradation. For this purpose, alginate – hydrophilic matrix with low oxygen permeability – was used as polymer for the formulations: the main objective was to deliver semiochemical substances in the air in a controlled way. Consequently, a careful selection of alginates was realised. Formulated beads showed different structural and encapsulation properties depending on various formulation factors. Alginate formulations were characterized by texturometry and by confocal microscopy in order to observe the distribution of semiochemicals in alginate network. The last step of alginate bead characterisation consisted in studying release rate of semiochemicals in laboratory-controlled conditions by optimised trapping and validated Fast-GC procedures. Finally, the efficiency of formulations as aphid predator (Syrphidae) and parasitoids (A. ervi) attractants was demonstrated by field trapping and olfactometry experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailAcaricidal activities of Santolina Africana and Hertia Cheirifolia, two endemic plants of north Africa, on the two spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)
Attia, Sabrine; Grissa, Kaouthar Lebdi; Le Goff, Guillaume et al

Poster (2011, May)

The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, is a worldwide pest which feeds on a large variety of plant families. Because its resistance to acaricides is spreading rapidly, the development of ... [more ▼]

The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, is a worldwide pest which feeds on a large variety of plant families. Because its resistance to acaricides is spreading rapidly, the development of new biological control tactics for population management is crucial. Plant extracts, such as Santolina africana and Hertia cheirifolia (Asteraceae), may represent viable alternatives, since they are currently considered to be minimumrisk pesticides. Although these two plants are known for their biocidal properties, the extract concentration that provides the most efficient control has not yet been precisely determined. In this study, we conducted a series of laboratory experiments to determine the susceptibility of adult females to different concentrations of S. africana and H. cheirifolia extract. These plants were steam-distilled and sprayed using a Potter spray tower. Mortality and fecundity were measured upon treatment with extract concentrations ranging from 0.07 to 6.75 mg/L. Female mortality increased with concentration, with LD50 values of 2.35 mg/L for S. africana and 3.43 mg/L for H. cheirifolia, respectively Reduced fecundity was previously observed at concentrations of 0.07, 0.09 and 0.29 mg/L .The chemical composition of the two oils were characterised by GC-MS. The most abundant components of the S. africana oil were terpinen-4-ol (44%), α- terpineol (11.31%) and borneol (6.73%). Camphor (15.11%), terpinen-4-ol (14.2%), α- terpineol (9.3%) were characteristic of the Hertia oil. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroorganisms from aphids attract hoverflies and enhance their efficacy
Leroy, Pascal ULg; Sabri, Ahmed ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg et al

Poster (2011, March 05)

Aphids are some of the most serious pests of crops worldwide, causing major yield and economic losses. They damage plants by feeding on the phloem sap, excreting copious amounts of honeydew and, in some ... [more ▼]

Aphids are some of the most serious pests of crops worldwide, causing major yield and economic losses. They damage plants by feeding on the phloem sap, excreting copious amounts of honeydew and, in some cases, vectoring plant diseases. Here, we report the first isolation of a bacterium from the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum honeydew, Staphylococcus sciuri, which is involved in the release of semiochemicals acting as a kairomone for aphid natural enemies. These semiochemicals were identified by Solid-Phase Microextraction (SPME) and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). Our results show that this bacterium plays a key role in the interactions between aphids and natural enemies because it is the direct source of volatiles used by the aphidophagous hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer) (Diptera: Syrphidae) to locate its aphid prey. Through wind-tunnel experiments, some specific semiochemicals produced by S. sciuri were identified as significant attractants and ovipositional stimulants. Also, assays under greenhouses and in potato fields have demonstrated that a culture medium containing the bacterium S. sciuri strongly attracts and induces the oviposition of hoverflies, enhancing their efficiency as biological control agents. The use of this no pathogenic bacterium could provide a very novel approach towards enhancing the efficacy of biological control agents to control aphids in field crops and greenhouse systems. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppements analytiques appliqués à une thématique d'écologie chimique
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg

Scientific conference (2011, March)

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See detailEffective concentrations of garlic distillate (Allium sativum) for the control of Tetranychus urticae (Tetranychidae)
Attia, Sabrine; Grissa, Kaouthar Lebdi; Mailleux, Anne-Catherine et al

in Journal of Applied Entomology (2011)

The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, is a worldwide pest that feeds on a large variety of plant families. Because its resistance to acaricides is spreading rapidly, the development of ... [more ▼]

The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, is a worldwide pest that feeds on a large variety of plant families. Because its resistance to acaricides is spreading rapidly, the development of new biological control tactics for population management is crucial. Plant extracts, such as garlic extract (Allium sativum Linn.), may represent viable alternatives, because they are currently considered to be minimum-risk pesticides. Although garlic is known for its acaricidal properties, the extract concentration that provides the most efficient control has not yet been precisely determined. In this study, we conducted a series of laboratory experiments to determine the susceptibility of adult females to different concentrations of garlic extract. Fresh garlic cloves were steam-distilled and sprayed using a Potter spray tower. Mortality and fecundity were measured upon treatment with garlic extract concentrations ranging from 0.46 to 14.4 mg/l. Female mortality increased with concentration, with LD50 and LD90 values of 7.49 and 13.5 mg/l, respectively. Reduced fecundity was previously observed at concentrations of 0.36 and 0.74 mg/l. The chemical composition of the Allium sativum distillate was characterized by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with photodiode array detection, GC/MS and Fast GC-FID against an authentic standard (Standard, Bioextract).Vinyl dithiin, diallyl disulphide, diallyl trisulphide and methyl allyl trisulphide were identified based on their mass spectra. Sesquiterpenoids were identified by their retention index. [less ▲]

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See detailGeographic and genetic variation of olfactory communication in butterflies: the male sex pheromone of Bicyclus butterfly species
Bacquet, Paul; Brattström, O.; Wang, H. L. et al

in Abstract book (2010, December 17)

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See detailEtude chromatographique de substances volatiles : cas des sémiochimiques
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg

Scientific conference (2010, November)

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See detailComparative toxicity of Deverra scoparia essential oil and blends of its major constituents against Tetranychus urticae Koch
Attia, Sabrine; Grissa, Kaouthar Lebdi; Lognay, Georges ULg et al

Poster (2010, October 14)

The phytophagous two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch is a ubiquitous species, present worlwide on a large variety of plant families. Since T. urticae resistance spread rapidly, biological ... [more ▼]

The phytophagous two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch is a ubiquitous species, present worlwide on a large variety of plant families. Since T. urticae resistance spread rapidly, biological control tactics are crucial to manage spider mite populations. In this respect, plant-derived essential oil products are a good alternative as they are, in general, considered as minimum-risk pesticides. In that context, laboratory experiments were conducted to assess the toxicity of essential oil of Deverra scoparia endemic plant to North Africa on females of the two spotted spider mite T. urticae (Koch). Essential oil was distillated from fresh leaves from D. scoparia and was sprayed on groups of adults females. The susceptibility of these females to D. scoparia essential oil was tested. A series of dilutions were used to bracket the dose-response range. Tests proved that female mortality increased with essential oil concentration with DL50 and DL90 values of 1.79 mg/l and 3.16 mg/l, respectively. The analysis of D. scoparia essential oil using GC-MS revealed presence of 10 major constituents: alpha-thujene, alpha-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, 3-carene, ocimene, terpinene-4-ol, pulegone, eugenol and beta-eudesmol. For a comprehensive evaluation of the potential of D. scoparia essential oil as acaricidal, individual blends activity of these constituents were tested against T. urticae female. Toxicity of blends of different components indicated significant differences among the active and inactive components, with the presence of all constituents necessary to have toxicity near to that of whole D. scoparia oil. The results showed that natural oil of D. scoparia and some of its constituents have potential for development as botanical acaricide, at least against T. urticae. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of biological control formulations incorporating components of plant origin
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie; Verheggen, François ULg et al

in Journée Scientifique annuelle de la Société Royale de Chimie: Jeudi 14 octobre 2010, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Université de Liège, Chimie verte (2010, October 14)

Semiochemicals – informative molecules used in insect-insect or plant-insect interactions – have been considered within various integrated pest management IPM strategies. Herein, two sesquiterpenoids: E-β ... [more ▼]

Semiochemicals – informative molecules used in insect-insect or plant-insect interactions – have been considered within various integrated pest management IPM strategies. Herein, two sesquiterpenoids: E-β-farnesene and E-β-caryophyllene have been formulated for their potential properties as aphid enemies attractants. Indeed, E-β-farnesene, the alarm pheromone of many aphid species [1], has also been identified as a kairomone by attracting and inducing oviposition of aphid predators (Episyrphus balteatus De Geer (Diptera: Syrphidae)) [2-5] and by attracting aphid parasitoids (Aphidius ervi Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)) [6, 7]. E-β-caryophyllene was identified as a potential component of the aggregation pheromone of the Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis Pallas [8, 9]. The two products have been purified from essential oils of Matricaria chamomilla L. (Asteraceae) and Nepeta cataria L. (Lamiaceae) [10, 11]. Natural and biodegradable slow-release devices have been investigated in order to deliver these molecules. Moreover, due to their sensitivity to oxidation, the sesquiterpenes needed to be protected. For this purpose, alginate (hydrophilic matrix with low oxygen permeability) was used as polymer for the formulations: the main objective was to hold and deliver semiochemical substances in a controlled way. Consequently, a careful selection of alginates was realised for encapsulation. Formulated beads showed different structural and encapsulation properties depending on factors such as polymer concentration, ionic strength, type and concentration of cross-linker ion,... The gel structure influenced diffusion properties. Alginate formulations were characterized by texturometry and by confocal microscopy in order to observe the distribution of semiochemicals in alginate network. The last step consisted in studying release rate of semiochemicals in laboratory-controlled conditions by adapted trapping and Fast-GC procedures [10,11]. [less ▲]

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See detailBiological control formulations incorporating essential oils' components
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie; Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Lochynski, Stanislaw; Wawrzenczyk, Czeslaw (Eds.) 41th International Symposium on Essential Oils - Programme and Book of Abstracts (2010, September)

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See detailVariabilité et évolution des phéromones du genre de papillons Bicyclus (Nymphalidae, Satyrinae), et implication dans sa diversification.
Bacquet, Paul; Brattström, O.; Brakefield, P. M. et al

in VII Conférence Internationale Francophone d'Entomologie (2010, July)

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See detailPheromone variability and evolution in the butterfly genus Bicyclus, and implication in its diversification
Bacquet, Paul; Brattström, O.; Brakefield, P. M. et al

Poster (2010, May 05)

The evolution of olfactive communication in generating reproductive isolation among species remains poorly understood (Smadja & Butlin 2009). In Lepidoptera, studies have mainly focused on long-distance ... [more ▼]

The evolution of olfactive communication in generating reproductive isolation among species remains poorly understood (Smadja & Butlin 2009). In Lepidoptera, studies have mainly focused on long-distance pheromones produced by moths. Moth sex pheromones have been shown to display inter-population variation (e.g. Tòth et al. 1992, McElfresh & Millar 2008 and ref. within, Groot et al. 2009) and to be involved in interspecific isolation (e.g. Löfstedt et al. 1991, Groot et al. 2006). In butterflies, the few existing studies on sex pheromones have mainly focused on the identification of the male specific compounds and the demonstration of their behavioural activity in courtship (e.g. Grula et al. 1980, Nieberding et al. 2008, Yildizhan et al. 2009), but have failed so far to highlight a role in reproductive isolation (Friberg et al. 2008). In the species-rich Bicyclus genus Kirby, 1871 (Nymphalidae, Satyrinae) the structures producing the pheromones, i.e. the androconia, are key characters to discriminate among species (Condamin 1973). In B. anynana (Butler, 1879), the male sex pheromone (MSP) has been shown to play a role in mate choice (Costanzo & Monteiro 2007, Nieberding et al. 2008), to be heritable, and particular ratios of the pheromone components are under strong sexual selection (Nieberding et al, unpubl. data). Therefore, we expect that pheromone evolution is responsible for reproductive isolation and diversification in this butterfly group. In this framework, our research project aims at understanding the evolution of MSP at the interspecific level across the Bicyclus genus and specifically at testing their potential role in the speciation process. Potential MSP of several species across the Bicyclus genus have been identified by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Observed differences in pheromone composition between species are compared in a phylogenetic framework to the molecular tree of the species (following Oliver et al. 2009). We expect the evolutionary rate of MSP to be unlinked to the molecular tree if MSP are under sexual selection across the genus (i.e. saltational evolution following Symonds & Elgar 2004, Shirangi et al. 2009). Moreover, if MSP generated reproductive isolation between species in a “reinforcement” process, we expect higher differences of MSP composition between sympatric species than between allopatric species and an increase of this pattern for younger species compared to older species (Lukhtanov et al. 2006). [less ▲]

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See detailOptimisation of slow-release formulations as biological control devices
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie; Debatty-Mestdagh, Michelle et al

Poster (2010, May 05)

E-β-Farnesene, the alarm pheromone of many aphid species and β-caryophyllene, recently identified as one of the possible component of the aggregation pheromones of the Asian ladybeetles Harmonia axyridis ... [more ▼]

E-β-Farnesene, the alarm pheromone of many aphid species and β-caryophyllene, recently identified as one of the possible component of the aggregation pheromones of the Asian ladybeetles Harmonia axyridis Pallas, are considered as two sesquiterpenes attractive for aphids’ predators and parasitoids, Epysirphus balteatus De Geer and Aphidius ervi Haliday, respectively. In the present research, alginate gel beads formulations were optimised as semiochemical slow-release devices. The formulations were evaluated in terms of volatiles release capacity, protection efficiency of sesquiterpenes against oxidation, and biological activity towards Epysirphus balteatus and Aphidius ervi. Moreover, the sesquiterpenes used in the formulations were obtained from natural matrices. Indeed, they were purified by flash chromatography fractionation of essential oils of Matricaria chamomilla L. and Nepeta cataria L., for obtaining E-β-farnesene and β-caryophyllene, respectively. The purities of the fractions were determined by means of a fast GC analytical method optimised for a good resolution of terpenes in less than five minutes. The experiments can conclude that the alginate gel beads formulations are efficient as biological control devices considering the results obtained with the various biological tests led on predators and parasitoids. Moreover, the sesquiterpenes are more protected when formulated in alginate beads than without formulation. The devices allow also a slow-release of semiochemicals during a long time (at least 40 days) depending on physico-chemical parameters (temperature, relative humidity). A mathematical modelisation of semiochemicals release is presently in study. [less ▲]

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