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See detailBiosensors in Forensic Sciences
Frederickx, Christine ULg; Verheggen, François ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

Conference (2010, May 05)

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See detailHow do insects communicate with a cadaver?
Dekeirsschieter, Jessica ULg; Verheggen, François ULg; Frederickx, Christine ULg et al

Conference (2010, May 05)

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See detailChemical ecology in forensic entomology
Dekeirsschieter, Jessica ULg; Frederickx, Christine ULg; Verheggen, François ULg et al

Scientific conference (2010, January 07)

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See detailHarmonia axyridis (Pallas) secondary metabolites quantification in relation with aposematism : Part I : Harmonine quantification
Fischer, Christophe ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Laurent, Pascal ULg et al

Poster (2010, January)

These last few years, the multicoloured Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Insects: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), an invasive species, has swiftly spread out in Europe. This aposematic and highly ... [more ▼]

These last few years, the multicoloured Asian ladybird, Harmonia axyridis Pallas (Insects: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), an invasive species, has swiftly spread out in Europe. This aposematic and highly polymorphic insect is problematic in several ways. It seems to outcompete native coccinellid species; they can group on fruits in vineyards and spoil wine when crushed with grapes; they can aggregate by hundreds in houses to winter. This study aims to investigate the relations between the chemical defences of H. axyridis and warning signals expressed by this bug. To achieve this goal, two original quantification methods of H. axyridis secondary metabolites have been undertaken. The first one allows Fast-GC quantifying harmonine, its main defence alkaloid. The other one permits to determine its emission rate of 2-isopropyl-3-methoxypyrazine, a highly odorous compound probably involved in the communication between individuals and in the aposematism of this insect. This last point will be detailed in another poster. Firstly, a method of extraction, acetylation and purification of harmonine from H. axyridis has been devised to obtain a calibration standard because this molecule is not commercially available. The identity of the extracted compound has been confirmed by mass spectrometry and multidimensional NMR. The GC purity of this N,N-diacetylharmonine is of 100%. During the experiments, its stability in acetone solution at 4°C has been verified. Using this purified molecule, an original method of harmonine quantification has been developed by fast gas chromatography and validated using accuracy profile. The method has been validated for concentrations ranging from 28µg/ml to more than 264µg/ml, with a maximal error risk of 20%. From about 100µg/ml, peaks symmetry decreased, but did not influence the quantification. That accuracy profile validation has been compared with a more classical validation using AOAC (2006) norm, which confirmed the first validation. This method allows quantifying harmonine in one single insect. Harmonine has been quantified in 80 H. axyridis divided into four groups of at least 15 individuals on basis of the morph type and the elytra hue. Males and females harmonine contents did not significantly differ. The mean harmonine content was of 106.6µg/individual with a standard deviation of 80.2µg/individual. The results distribution obtained was not normal and a strong variability between individuals was observed, which explains the high standard deviation. These results and those of the pyrazine and colour analysis have been statistically analyzed in order to show potential correlations between these factors. It would appear that elytra colour is linked with the insect harmonine content. Individuals with a non-melanic orange colour presented harmonine content significantly higher than other studied colours. The harmonine content does not seem linked to the pyrazine emission rate. [less ▲]

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See detailHarmonia axyridis (Pallas) secondary metabolites quantification in relation with aposematism : Part II : Pyrazine quantification
Fischer, Christophe ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Marlet, Christelle ULg et al

Poster (2010, January)

The main objective of this study is to investigate the presence of links between chemical defences and warning signals presented by Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), the multicoloured Asian ladybird (Insects ... [more ▼]

The main objective of this study is to investigate the presence of links between chemical defences and warning signals presented by Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), the multicoloured Asian ladybird (Insects: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). This second part describes an original quantification method for 2-isopropyl-3-methoxypyrazine (IPMP) by active sampling on thermally desorbed adsorbent (TD) coupled with GC-MS analysis. This highly odorous compound is supposed to be implicated in intra- and interspecific communication. In order to allow harmonine quantification (a defence alkaloid, see Part 1), this method avoid any hemolymph loses by the ladybird (Coccinellids can emit hemolymph when stressed). This method is non-lethal and applicable on one single insect. The quantification method has been validated from 37,5pg to 10 000 pg per adsorbent cartridge. On this range, there is no breakthrough and desorption is complete (>99.4%). At the LOQ (37.5pg/cartridge), the bias is of 20%, but rapidly decreased to less than 5% on the rest of the validated range (100 to 10 000 pg/cartridge). According to AOAC (2006) norm, this method is repeatable but not reproducible. The IPMP emission rate following a stress has been quantified on 80 H. axyridis grouped in four classes on basis of the morph type and the elytra hue. Males and females emission rates did not significantly differ. The mean emission rate is of 707 pg/4h with an extremely high standard deviation of 1766pg/4h due to a great individual variability and a strongly asymmetric distribution of the results. These results and those of the harmonine and colour analysis have been statistically analyzed in order to show potential correlations between these factors. It seems that elytra colour is linked with the insect IPMP emission rate. Individuals with a melanic red colour presented IPMP emission rate significantly lower than other studied colours. The harmonine content does not seem linked to the pyrazine emission rate. [less ▲]

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See detailA fast gas chromatographic method for the study of semiochemical slow release formulations
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie; Leroy, Pascal ULg et al

Poster (2010, January)

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See detailAphid-ant mutualism: how honeydew sugars influence the behaviour of ant scouts
Detrain, Claire; Verheggen, François ULg; Diez, Lise et al

in Physiological Entomology (2010), 35(2), 168-174

Honeydew is the keystone on which ant-aphid mutualism is built. The present study investigates how each sugar identified in Aphis fabae Scopoli honeydew acts upon the feeding and the laying of a ... [more ▼]

Honeydew is the keystone on which ant-aphid mutualism is built. The present study investigates how each sugar identified in Aphis fabae Scopoli honeydew acts upon the feeding and the laying of a recruitment trail by scouts of the aphid-tending ant Lasius niger Linnaeus, and thus may enhance collective exploitation by the ant mutualists. The feeding preferences shown by L. niger for honeydew sugars are: melezitose = sucrose = raffinose > glucose = fructose > maltose = trehalose = melibiose = xylose. Although feeding is a prerequisite to the launching of trail recruitment, the reverse is not necessarily true: not all ingested sugar solutions elicit a trail-laying behaviour among fed scouts. Trail mark laying is only triggered by raffinose, sucrose or melezitose, with the latter sugar being specific to honeydew. By comparing gustatory and recruitment responses of ant foragers to sugar food sources, the present study clarifies the role of honeydew composition both as a source of energy and as a mediator in ant-aphid interactions. Lasius niger feeding preferences can be related to the physiological suitability of each sugar (i.e. their detection by gustatory receptors as well as their ability to be digested and converted into energy). Regarding recruitment, the aphid-synthesized oligosaccharide (melezitose) could be used by ant scouts as a cue indicative of a long-lasting productive resource that is worthy of collective exploitation and defence against competitors or aphid predators. [less ▲]

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See detailLes phéromones d'alarme dans le règne animal
Verheggen, François ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Faunistic Entomology - Entomologie Faunistique (2010), 63(4),

Beaucoup d'animaux répondent à la menace de la prédation en produisant des signaux d'alarme qui avertissent les autres individus de la présence de danger ou qui réduisent le succès de prédateurs. Alors ... [more ▼]

Beaucoup d'animaux répondent à la menace de la prédation en produisant des signaux d'alarme qui avertissent les autres individus de la présence de danger ou qui réduisent le succès de prédateurs. Alors que les signaux d'alarme peuvent être de nature visuelle, auditive ou chimique, les phéromones d'alarme sont fréquentes, surtout chez les insectes et les organismes aquatiques. Les plantes aussi émettent des signaux chimiques en réponse à l'attaque par les insectes herbivores qui recrutent les ennemis naturels des ravageurs et qui peuvent induire des mécanismes de défense chez les plantes voisines (ou d'autres parties de la même plante). Dans ce chapitre, nous discutons de notre compréhension actuelle des modes de communications chimiques d’alarme dans les divers groupes d'animaux où ces signaux ont été identifiés (y compris les insectes sociaux et pré-sociaux, les invertébrés marins, les poissons et les mammifères) ainsi que dans le règne végétal. Nous discuterons aussi brièvement l'exploitation des phéromones d'alarme par les ennemis naturels des insectes émettant ces signaux. Nous concluons par une brève discussion de l'exploitation potentielle des signaux d'alarme dans des approches de lutte intégrée contre les espèces nuisibles. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of a fast gas chromatographic method for the study of semiochemical slow release formulations
Rozet, Eric ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2010), 53

The validation of a fast GC-FID analytical method for the quantitative determination of semiochemical sesquiterpenes (E-β-farnesene and β-caryophyllene) to be used in an integrated pest management ... [more ▼]

The validation of a fast GC-FID analytical method for the quantitative determination of semiochemical sesquiterpenes (E-β-farnesene and β-caryophyllene) to be used in an integrated pest management approach is described. Accuracy profiles using total error as decision criteria for validation were used to verify the overall accuracy of the method results within a well defined range of concentrations and to determine the lowest limit of quantification for each analyte. Furthermore it allowed to select a very simple and reliable regression model for calibration curve for the quantification of both analytes as well as to provide measurement uncertainty without any additional experiments. Finally, this validated method was used for the quantification of semiochemicals in slow release formulations. The goal was to verify the protection efficiency of alginate gel beads formulations against oxidation and degradation of sesquiterpenes. The results showed that the alginate beads are adequate slow release devices which protect the bio-active molecules during at least twenty days. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthèse bibliographique : l’écologie chimique des coccinelles
Durieux, Delphine ULg; Verheggen, François ULg; Vandereycken, Axel ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2010), 14(2), 351-367

This paper reviews the chemical ecology of ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) to present the role of semiochemicals involved in plant-ladybird, prey-ladybird and predator-ladybird interactions ... [more ▼]

This paper reviews the chemical ecology of ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) to present the role of semiochemicals involved in plant-ladybird, prey-ladybird and predator-ladybird interactions. Ladybird beetles use these compounds to locate their prey, mate, protect themselves from predation or cannibalism, find a shelter to overwinter or ensure a better survival for their offspring. Thorough studies on ladybird behaviours towards these compounds could lead to their practical implementation in integrated strategies using ladybirds to control pests, like aphids or mealybugs. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of oviposition site quality by aphidophagous hoverflies: reaction to conspecific larvae
Almohamad, Raki; Verheggen, François ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Animal Behaviour (2010), 79

Aphidophagous predators adapt their foraging behaviour to the presence of conspecific and heterospecific larvae. We studied the effect of the presence of conspecific larvae and their tracks on the ... [more ▼]

Aphidophagous predators adapt their foraging behaviour to the presence of conspecific and heterospecific larvae. We studied the effect of the presence of conspecific larvae and their tracks on the oviposition site selection of an aphid-specific predator, Episyrphus balteatus DeGeer (Diptera: Syrphidae), in two-choice experiments using a leaf disc bioassay. Gas chromatography – mass spectrometry analysis was used to identify the volatile chemicals released from odour extracts of E. balteatus larval tracks. The behavioural effects of these volatile substances on hoverfly females were also evaluated. Our experiments demonstrated that E. balteatus females were deterred from ovipositing when presented with a Vicia faba leaf with aphids and conspecific larvae. The oviposition-deterring stimulus was also active when females were presented with a leaf that contained conspecific larval tracks. A mixture of chemical compounds was found in the volatile pattern of odour extracts of larval tracks. The main volatile chemicals were 3-methylbutanoic acid, 2-methylbutanoic acid, 2-methylpropanoic acid, 3-hydroxy- 2-butanone, hexanoic acid and phenol. Females also laid significantly fewer eggs in response to odorant volatiles emitted from larval extracts. These results highlight that predatory hoverfly females avoid ovipositing in aphid colonies in which conspecific larvae or their tracks are already present, suggesting that this behaviour constitutes a strategy that enables females to optimize their oviposition site and reduce competition suffered by their offspring. [less ▲]

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See detailSémiochimiques et danger - Les phéromones d'alarme
Verheggen, François ULg

Conference (2010)

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See detailThe use of chemical ecology in forensic entomology
Dekeirsschieter, Jessica ULg; Frederickx, Christine ULg; Verheggen, François ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2009)

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