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See detailSubstrate Marking by an Invasive Ladybeetle: Seasonal Changes in Hydrocarbon Composition and Behavioral Responses
Durieux, Delphine ULg; Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Vanderplanck et al

in PLoS ONE (2013), 8(4),

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), aggregates inside dwellings during the winter to survive the cold. Recent published reports have highlighted that overwintering individuals ... [more ▼]

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), aggregates inside dwellings during the winter to survive the cold. Recent published reports have highlighted that overwintering individuals use hydrocarbon markings deposited on surfaces by conspecifics to orient toward aggregation sites. In the current study, monthly GC-MS analyses revealed seasonal modifications in the chemical profile of substrate markings deposited by moving individuals. The markings of overwintering ladybeetles contained larger proportions of heptacosadiene, nonacosadiene, hentriacontadienes, and methyl-nonacosanes, along with a lower proportion of heptacosene and nonacosene. This finding suggests the importance of the unsaturated and/or branched hydrocarbons in the H. axyridis aggregation process. Subsequently, we conducted behavioral assays to test whether (1) there is seasonal variation in the behavioral response of H. axyridis individuals toward substrate markings deposited by conspecifics in the same physiological state and (2) the observed behavioral modification is due to a change in ladybeetle sensitivity and/or a change in the chemical composition of the substrate marking. The results indicate that overwintering individuals exhibit a stronger ‘‘following’’ response toward conspecific substrate markings. This behavior is linked to both the physiological state of ladybeetles and the specific chemical profile of the marking biomolecules deposited under overwintering conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLe langage olfactif des insectes: un atout pour la lutte biologique
Verheggen, François ULg

in Biofutur (2013), 341

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See detailConsumption of Immature Stages of Colorado Potato Beetle by Chrysoperla Carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) Larvae in the Laboratory
Sablon, Ludovic ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Verheggen, François ULg

in American Journal of Potato Research (2013), 90(1), 51-57

The Colorado potato beetle (CPB), Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), has been an important defoliator of potatoes for 150 years. Although the use of insecticides allowed drastic reductions of CPB ... [more ▼]

The Colorado potato beetle (CPB), Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), has been an important defoliator of potatoes for 150 years. Although the use of insecticides allowed drastic reductions of CPB populations, resistance development against active substances has been observed. In this context, biological control using predatory larvae of the lacewing may represent a good alternative. CPB egg and larval consumption rates have been evaluated for all Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens) instars for 24 h. While first and second C. carnea instars only consumed eggs (1.3 and 1.8), first (1.5 and 2.4) and second (0.6 and 0.8) CPB instars, third instar of lacewing consumed all CPB immature stages: 6.8 CPB eggs, 8.5 first, 4 s, 0.5 third and 0.1 fourth CPB instars. This third instar killed 4-fold more CPB larvae than other larval stages. Handling time for third instar lacewing has been evaluated at 52 min on first instar CPB, 102 min on second instar and 164 min on third instar. Our laboratory assays highlight a potential for lacewing larvae to control CPB immature stages with a greater efficiency on young CPB larval stages. Fields assays are however needed to confirm efficiency of this CPB natural enemy under field conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailPropensity of the Tomato Leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), to Develop on Four Potato Plant Varieties
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in American Journal of Potato Research (2013), 90

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is now considered to be one of the most damaging invasive pests of tomatoes in the world. Tomato is regarded as the main host of T. absoluta ... [more ▼]

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is now considered to be one of the most damaging invasive pests of tomatoes in the world. Tomato is regarded as the main host of T. absoluta, but the pest can also feed, develop and reproduce on other cultivated Solanaceae, such as potato (Solanum tuberosum L). In the present study, we examined the ability of T. absoluta to develop on four commonly cultivated varieties of potato, under laboratory conditions. The survival rate of T. absoluta did not differ between the five tested host plants (tomato: Solanum lycopersicum cv. Moneymaker; and potato: Solanum tuberosum cv. Spunta, Charlotte, Nicola, and Bintje), but its development time (egg to pupation) was significantly affected. Compared to tomato, development times were longer on Bintje and shorter on Nicola, Charlotte, and Spunta. These results show the high capacity of T. absoluta to develop on potato crops. [less ▲]

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See detailWireworms’ Management: An Overview of the Existing Methods, with Particular Regards to Agriotes spp. (Coleoptera: Elateridae)
Barsics, Fanny ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Verheggen, François ULg

in Insects (2013), 4(1), 117-152

Wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae) are important soil dwelling pests worldwide causing yield losses in many crops. The progressive restrictions in the matter of efficient synthetic chemicals for health ... [more ▼]

Wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae) are important soil dwelling pests worldwide causing yield losses in many crops. The progressive restrictions in the matter of efficient synthetic chemicals for health and environmental care brought out the need for alternative management techniques. This paper summarizes the main potential tools that have been studied up to now and that could be applied together in integrated pest management systems and suggests guidelines for future research. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of volatile organic compounds emitted by Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) roots and their attractiveness to wireworms
Gfeller, Aurélie; Laloux, Morgan; Barsics, Fanny ULg et al

in Journal of Chemical Ecology (2013), 39(8), 1129-1139

Root volatile organic compounds (VOCs), their chemistry and ecological functions have garnered less attention than aboveground emitted plant VOCs. We report here for the first time on the identification ... [more ▼]

Root volatile organic compounds (VOCs), their chemistry and ecological functions have garnered less attention than aboveground emitted plant VOCs. We report here for the first time on the identification of VOCs emitted by barley roots (Hordeum vulgare L.). Twenty nine VOCs were identified from isolated 21-d-old roots. The detection of root volatiles was dependent on the medium used for root cultivation. From 7-d-old roots cultivated on sterile Hoagland gelified medium, 24 VOCs were identified, on sterile vermiculite 33 VOCs, and on non-sterile vermiculite 34 VOCs. The major VOCs identified were fatty acid derived compounds, including hexanal, methyl hexanoate, (E)-hex-2-enal, 2-pentylfuran, pentan-1-ol, (Z)-2-(pentenyl)-furan, (Z)-pent-2-en-1-ol, hexan-1-ol, (Z)-hex-3-en-1-ol, (E)-hex-2-en-1-ol, oct-1-en-3-ol, 2-ethylhexan-1-ol (likely a contaminant), (E)-non-2-enal, octan-1-ol, (2E,6Z)-nona-2,6-dienal), methyl (E)-non-2-enoate, nonan-1-ol, (Z)-non-3-en-1-ol, (E)-non-2-en-1-ol, nona-3,6-dien-1-ol and nona-2,6-dien-1-ol. In an olfactometer assay, wireworms (larvae of Agriotes sordidus Illiger, Coleoptera: Elateridae) were attracted to chemical cues emanating from barley seedlings. We discuss the role of individual root volatiles or a blend of the root volatiles detected here and their interaction with CO2for wireworm attraction. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de la plante nourricière sur différents paramètres du développement larvaire du ver à soie, Borocera cajani : un cas d’étude sur plants de tapia et de voafotsy
Wilmet, Leslie; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Verheggen, François ULg

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

Many plant and animal species are endemic in Madagascar. Among them, the silk moth Borocera cajani, commonly named landibe, and which belongs to the Lasiocampidae family. It is a pholyphageous insect ... [more ▼]

Many plant and animal species are endemic in Madagascar. Among them, the silk moth Borocera cajani, commonly named landibe, and which belongs to the Lasiocampidae family. It is a pholyphageous insect, with five larval stages followed by a complete metamorphosis in the pupal stage to turn into an adult; a nocturnal butterfly. Landibe’s principal habitat is composed of an endemic plant species in Madagascar: tapia (Uapaca bojeri, Euphorbiaceae). For a long time, this ecosystem was disturbed and seriously threatened. Today, in the area of Arivonimamo, procedures to ensure its protection exist and the “Associations Communautaires de Base” (COBA) are in charge of their respect. Activities related to silk industry can consist in important incomes for many families in the area of Antananarivo, increasing their standard of living. This research aims at increasing our general knowledge on Borocera cajani and more especially on its larvae cycle. We studied the influence of two feeding plants; tapia and voafotsy (Aphloia theaeformis), on several parameters of larvae development cycle, and we compared wild and laboratory breeding. Preference tests have also been carried out in the laboratory. Results showed that feeding plants have influence on some of the parameters of the landibe’s cycle development. Wild and laboratory breeding comparison revealed an influence on animals’ size. Preference tests showed that larvae, which grow up on voafotsy, developed a preference for this feeding plant. Current publications and scientific knowledge on Borocera cajani are still too small. This study brings complementary and essential information on landibe, which should receive legal protection status in order to avoid its disappearance. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse des facteurs anthropiques de dégradation des bois de tapia (Uapaca bojeri) d'Arivonimamo
Rakotondrasoa, Olivia Lovanirina; Ayral, Astrid; Stein, Julien et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

The tapia woodland, an endemic ecosystem of Madagascar, plays an important role in the household economy of the local communities. The dependence of local people on the tapia woodland has led to the ... [more ▼]

The tapia woodland, an endemic ecosystem of Madagascar, plays an important role in the household economy of the local communities. The dependence of local people on the tapia woodland has led to the disturbance and degradation of this ecosystem. In this context, the current study aimed to identify and analyze the anthropogenic factors leading to the degradation of the tapia woodland in Arivonimamo. The working hypothesis was that fire constitutes today the main disturbance factor of the tapia woodland in Arivonimamo, leading to the deforestation and to a continuous degradation of this ecosystem. A typology of indicators of vegetation disturbance was established based upon literature; it was followed by an inventory of these indicators along four transects situated orthogonally around the six villages of the study site. This study showed that fire is no longer the main cause of deforestation and degradation of tapia woodlands in Arivonimamo. The continuing degradation of the woodland is mainly caused by illegal logging by the local population. These results provide key information to improve the management of the tapia woodlands in Arivonimamo. [less ▲]

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See detailActivité journalière et comportement d’alimentation de Borocera cajani Vinson 1863 (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) sur deux de ses plantes hôtes : Uapaca bojeri Baillon 1874 et Aphloia theiformis (Vahl) Bennett 1840
Razafimanantsoa, Tsiresy; Raminosoa, Noromalala; Rakotondrasoa, Olivia et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

Borocera cajani or landibe is a wild silk-moth, which silk is the most widely used in the textile industry in Madagascar. This endemic species is found throughout the island, but colonizes especially the ... [more ▼]

Borocera cajani or landibe is a wild silk-moth, which silk is the most widely used in the textile industry in Madagascar. This endemic species is found throughout the island, but colonizes especially the tapia forest in the central Highlands. The species has an important economic, culinary and cultural role in the Island. It is polyphagous and frequents several host plants. The daily activity of the larvae of B. cajani has been studied in their natural habitat on two native host plants of the tapia forest: Uapaca bojeri and Aphloia theiformis. Continuous observations during 24 hours on 54 individuals of the last instar of B. cajani have been conducted. Daily periods of activity were found to vary according to the host plant species. Larvae feeding on U. bojeri allocate 6.9% of their time to feed, while the larvae feeding on A. theiformis spend 3.3% of their time. Only 1.0% (15 minutes) and 0.7% (10 minutes) of the observed periods were allocated to movement, in the larvae feeding on U. bojeri et A. theiformis, respectively. Larvae observed on A. theiformis took an average of 3.1 ± 0.2 meals a day, which lasted 15,4 ± 1,3 min. Larvae observed on U. bojeri took an average of 1.9 ± 0.1 meals a day, which lasted 54.8 ± 5.2 min. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification des indicateurs de dégradation de la forêt de tapia (Uapaca bojeri) par une analyse sylvicole
Rakotondrasoa, OL; Malaisse, François ULg; Rajoelison, G et al

in Tropicultura (2013), 31(1), 10-19

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See detailThe chemical ecology of Harmonia axyridis
Sloggett, John; Magro, Alexandra; Verheggen, François ULg et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2013), 94

In the recent SI of BioControl and resultant book from this working group (Roy et al., 2012), we contributed a review paper on the chemical ecology of the invasive aphidophagous ladybird Harmonia axyridis ... [more ▼]

In the recent SI of BioControl and resultant book from this working group (Roy et al., 2012), we contributed a review paper on the chemical ecology of the invasive aphidophagous ladybird Harmonia axyridis (Sloggett et al., 2011). This paper focused on both the pure and applied aspects of this subject, including sections on: (1) chemical defence; (2) foods, feeding and reproduction; (3) H. axyridis chemistry, humans and human activity, and (4) future research perspectives [less ▲]

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See detailAggregation behaviour of Harmonia axyridis
Durieux, Delphine ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg; Fassotte, Bérénice ULg et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2013), 94

The multicoloured Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), forms large aggregations inside dwellings to survive cold winters. The species’ migratory flight is well documented ... [more ▼]

The multicoloured Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), forms large aggregations inside dwellings to survive cold winters. The species’ migratory flight is well documented. Harmonia axyridis preferentially moves towards prominent and visually contrasting elements (Obata, 1986; Nalepa et al., 2005). However, the mechanisms involved in the selection of aggregation sites are misunderstood. The work presented here was devoted to the study of chemicals used by H. axyridis during its aggregation process. During sampling of infested dwellings, non-volatile compounds were collected from aggregation sites. Gas chromatrography-mass spectometry (GC-MS) analyses showed that the chemicals found on the substrate where the beetles aggregate were different from the ones collected around these aggregation sites. These two blends are made up of the same long-chain hydrocarbons, comprising saturated and unsaturated homologues, but they are quantitatively different, the blend collected directly on the overwintering sites containing a higher proportion of saturated compounds than the other one. Behavioural experiments, involving overwintering H. axyridis individuals, were then conducted in the laboratory to understand the roles of these chemicals in aggregation. Firstly, an aggregation assay using the blend collected inside overwintering sites showed a clear preference of ladybeetles for areas containing these compounds, highlighting the retention capacity of the blend on H. axyridis. On the other hand, a Y-shaped tube assay, using the chemical blend found around the sites, showed that those compounds are used by male and female congeners as cues, allowing individuals to orientate towards the side of the set-up containing the tested chemicals. These results suggest the use of two different area markings by H. axyridis during its aggregation: the first one to lead congeners towards aggregation sites, and the second to ensure the cohesion of the cluster. Additional investigations were conducted to study the influence of (1) the presence of congeners and (2) the shelters’ luminosity on the H. axyridis decision to settle and aggregate under shelters. A binary choice experiment conducted in the laboratory under non-wintering conditions showed that the multicoloured Asian ladybeetles present a permanent aggregative behaviour, as a result of the existence of social interactions. These experiments also highlighted the clear preference of H. axyridis for dark shelters. [less ▲]

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See detailLa soie naturelle des Hauts-Plateaux de Madagascar: les facteur socio-institutionnels entravant une filière dynamique et pérenne
Rabearisoa, Misha; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Poncelet, Marc ULg et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

Despite the cultural, social and socio-economic importance for societies situated in the Highlands of Madagascar, the endemic silk moth Borocera cajani and its habitat Uapaca bojeri are endangered by many ... [more ▼]

Despite the cultural, social and socio-economic importance for societies situated in the Highlands of Madagascar, the endemic silk moth Borocera cajani and its habitat Uapaca bojeri are endangered by many factors. In order to sustainably manage these resources, the silk production chain has been studied combining economic and socio-anthropologic approaches. Silk chain production analysis situates the underlying rural realities in an economic context; socio-anthropological considerations link those economic factors to their social context. The current study focuses on decentralized natural resource management in Itasy and Amoron’i Mania. It appears that institutional, economic and social factors tend to determine silk moth production chain dynamics. Considering all of these parameters and their interactions is considered crucial for a sustainable management of these endangered resources. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence des reboisements d'eucalyptus (Eucalyptus robusta) et de pin (Pinus kesiya) sur la régénération naturelle de tapia (Uapaca bojeri) en forêt d'Arivonimamo
Rakotondrasoa, Olivia Lovanirina; Stein, Julien; Ayral, Astrid et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

Confronted with the ongoing degradation of the tapia woodlands (Uapaca bojeri), reforestation by Pinus sp. and Eucalyptus sp.was considered as an alternative in Arivonimamo to substitute tapia for the ... [more ▼]

Confronted with the ongoing degradation of the tapia woodlands (Uapaca bojeri), reforestation by Pinus sp. and Eucalyptus sp.was considered as an alternative in Arivonimamo to substitute tapia for the production of firewood. However, the invasion by these alien species is actually considered as one of the threats to the tapia woodland in Madagascar. In this context, this study aimed to analyze the regeneration of the tapia woodlands in Arivonimamo. Consequently, “contact zones” between stands of exotic species, Pinus kesiya or Eucalyptus robusta, and U. bojeri were identified, in order to study tree regeneration along transects in each cardinal direction starting inside the exotic forests and continuing into the native populations. This study showed that the density of tapia regeneration varied between sites. It also appeared that the capacity of P. kesiya to invade the tapia woodland is much higher than for E. robusta. Moreover, the regeneration of pine inside the pine’s plantations was rather low. In addition, it was observed that the canopy opening rate had no significant influence on the development of the regeneration of the three species involved. Differences in canopy opening are due to various human activities such as the collection of non-timber forest products (tapia), the forestry operation of cleaning (pine) and early cutting (eucalyptus). [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification des indicateurs de dégradation de la forêt de tapia (Uapaca bojeri) par une analyse sylvicole
Rakotondrasoa, Olivia Lovanirina; Malaisse, François ULg; Rajoelison, Gabrielle Lalanirina et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

Deforestation is a serious problem in Madagascar leading to natural resource degradation. In this context, this study aims to identify indicators of forest degradation for the tapia forest of Arivonimamo ... [more ▼]

Deforestation is a serious problem in Madagascar leading to natural resource degradation. In this context, this study aims to identify indicators of forest degradation for the tapia forest of Arivonimamo. A forest map of the area consists of a document in which the forest is stratified into two types: degraded tapia forest and highly degraded tapia forest. The approach consisted of the comparison of these two types of forest, the degraded tapia being the reference. Data collection was based on a forest inventory through discontinuous transects related to the structure of the tapia forest, with a total length of 1,500 m per type. It appears that tree density, average tree height, average tree diameter, basal area and density of regeneration and undergrowth, are indicators for the identification of the state of degradation of the tapia forest. The distribution of U. bojeri is aggregated in both sites; however, the degree of aggregation is significantly higher in the highly degraded forest in response to the lower tree density. Leptolaena pauciflora and Erica sp. are the main undergrowth indicator species of degradation; their abundance is correlated with degradation. Knowledge of these indicators of tapia degradation will provide guidance and technical tools to improve evaluation and monitoring of the degradation of the tapia forest. [less ▲]

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See detailLes bois de Tapia de Madagascar: approches phytogéographique, floristique et écologique
Malaisse, François ULg; Pinel, Romain; Razafimanantsoa, Tsiresy Maminiaina et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

This chapter has three objectives. Firstly, it is emphasized that tapia-dominated areas are spatially distributed into four localities situated on the so-called “Highlands”. Secondly, based on a global ... [more ▼]

This chapter has three objectives. Firstly, it is emphasized that tapia-dominated areas are spatially distributed into four localities situated on the so-called “Highlands”. Secondly, based on a global survey of available literature on tapia vegetation as well as on floristic surveys carried out in two entities (Arivonimamo et Ambatofinandrahana), an actualized list of their floristic diversity is composed. This list is partially illustrated with photographs and plates on a CD-ROM; vernacular names of the considered taxa are quoted. Finally a preliminary ecological interpretation is given based on the vegetation units and (or) ecological niches which are schematically represented. [less ▲]

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See detailLa forêt de tapia, écosystème endémique de Madagascar : écologie, fonctions, causes de dégradation et de transformation (synthèse bibliographique)
Rakotondrasoa, Olivia Lovanirina; Malaisse, François ULg; Rajoelison, Gabrielle Lalanirina et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

This article presents an overview of the tapia forest (Uapaca bojeri Baill.) in Madagascar in order to emphasize its importance for the development of the local population through improving household ... [more ▼]

This article presents an overview of the tapia forest (Uapaca bojeri Baill.) in Madagascar in order to emphasize its importance for the development of the local population through improving household incomes. The tapia forest is a “socio-natural” formation, quasi-monospecific with regard to the tree stratum and endemic to Madagascar. It is only located in the Highlands of Madagascar. Alongside its ecosystem functions, the tapia forest hosts various resources, including non-timber forest products as well as timber itself, all of which play an important role in the informal local economy. However, the tapia ecosystem is threatened by human destruction through bush fires, production of firewood and charcoal, agriculture expansion, and by invasion of exotic species introduced for the purposes of reforestation. Subsequently, the sustainable management and protection of the tapia forest is essential in order to enable local populations to reap its benefits across several generations. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de la plante hôte sur le développement larvaire de Borocera cajani (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae)
Razafimanantsoa, Tsiresy; Malaisse, François ULg; Raminosoa, Noromalala et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

Borocera cajani Vinson (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) is a silk moth endemic to Madagascar that is currently used to produce silk textiles. This silk moth is polyphagous and colonizes forests situated in ... [more ▼]

Borocera cajani Vinson (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) is a silk moth endemic to Madagascar that is currently used to produce silk textiles. This silk moth is polyphagous and colonizes forests situated in the central Highlands, mainly constituted by tapia trees (Uapaca bojeri). Two host plants are commonly used by the caterpillar of this moth species: tapia and voafotsy (Aphloia theiformis). In this work we have evaluated parameters of different stages (survival rate, development duration, weight and size, fecundity, etc.) of B. cajani on both host plants. We have observed a 30% higher survival rate on U. bojeri. Larval and pupae duration were shorter on U. bojeri (64,8 ± 1,5 days) than on A. theiformis (87,4 ± 2,0 days). Cocoons were bigger when obtained from larvae fed on U. bojeri. This plant is therefore better for the development of B. cajani and should be used in intensive rearing of this silk moth. [less ▲]

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See detailSilk moths inventory in their natural tapia forest habitat (Madagascar): diversity, population dynamic and host plants
Razafimanantsoa, Tsiresy; Raminosoa, Noromalala; Rakotodrasoa, Olivia et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

Endemic silk moths (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) in Madagascar have been collected and exploited for centuries by local populations either for food or as a source of silk cocoons from which textiles are ... [more ▼]

Endemic silk moths (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) in Madagascar have been collected and exploited for centuries by local populations either for food or as a source of silk cocoons from which textiles are made. Moth natural forest habitat has also been degraded, leading to a drastic decrease in silk moth populations. However, very few scientific reports highlighted these observations well known by the local people. We have inventoried silk moths species in tapia (Uapaca bojeri Baill.) forests located in the central Highlands of Madagascar. Inventories have been conducted during one year from August 2009 to July 2010 by sampling transects in Imamo forests. Three species of Lasiocampidae belonging to two genera were found: Borocera cajani Vinson, Borocera marginepunctata Guérin-Méneville and Europtera punctillata Guenée. These three silk moth species are endemic to Madagascar but only one (B. cajani) is commercially exploited in the silk industry. The habitat, host plants, abundance, life cycle and feeding behaviour of these species in their natural habitat are described. [less ▲]

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See detailSilk moths in Madagascar: a review of the biology, uses, and challenges related to Borocera cajani (Vinson, 1863) (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae)
Razafimanantsoa, Tsiresy; Rajoelison, Gabrielle; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno et al

in Verheggen, François; Bogaert, Jan; Haubruge, Eric (Eds.) Les vers à soie malgaches : Enjeux écologiques et socio-économiques (2013)

Borocera cajani ou landibe (nom vernaculaire) est l’un des papillons séricigènes sauvages dont la soie est la plus utilisée dans le domaine textile de Madagascar. Cette espèce endémique s’observe dans ... [more ▼]

Borocera cajani ou landibe (nom vernaculaire) est l’un des papillons séricigènes sauvages dont la soie est la plus utilisée dans le domaine textile de Madagascar. Cette espèce endémique s’observe dans toute l’île, mais colonise particulièrement la forêt de Uapaca bojeri ou forêt de « tapia » des Hautes Terres centrales. La forêt fournit les aliments à B. cajani tels que les feuilles de U. bojeri. L’espèce secrète la soie quand elle entre en nymphose et construit son cocon. Borocera cajani et son habitat naturel sont menacés par les destructions de l’Homme telles que les feux de brousse, la collecte de bois de chauffage, la production de charbon de bois et la surexploitation de leurs cocons. La production de soie sauvage est en constante diminution, alors que la filière soie implique beaucoup de gens dans l’île comme les collecteurs des cocons, les fileurs, les teinturiers, les tisseurs et les artistes qui transforment la soie en habits, en accessoires et objets. Revitaliser la filière soie est un moyen de favoriser la conservation de cette ressource naturelle et de son habitat forestier. [less ▲]

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