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See detailPhenotypic heterogeneity of the fibroblast-like cells in the dermis
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Fazaa, B.; Benzarti, H. et al

in Giornale Internazionale di Dermatologia Pediatrica (1994), 6(1), 7-13

The fibroblast-like cell population of the dermis is heterogeneous. The name "fibroblast" appears to be out-dated and should be replaced by terms reflecting with precision the immunophenotype of the cells ... [more ▼]

The fibroblast-like cell population of the dermis is heterogeneous. The name "fibroblast" appears to be out-dated and should be replaced by terms reflecting with precision the immunophenotype of the cells. Among them, dendrocytes type I (Factor XIIIa - positive) and dendrocytes type II (CD34 - positive) are involved in a wealth of pathologic conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic plasticity of cerebellar radial glia
Leprince, P; Chanas-Sacré, G; Nguyen, L et al

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See detailPhenotypic sex reversal of blue tilapia under constant and fluctuating thermal regimes, and its adaptive and evolutionary implications
Baras, E.; Prignon, Christian ULg; Gohoungo, G. et al

in Journal of Fish Biology (2000), 192

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See detailPhenotypic traits variation among native diploid, native tetraploid and invasive tetraploid Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae)
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Maurice, Sandrine; Mahy, Grégory ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2010), 14(4), 627-632

Senecio inaequidens DC. is a rapidly spreading plant invader in Europe. In its native range, it occurs at two co-existing diploid and tetraploid cytotypes. To date, only tetraploids are reported in Europe ... [more ▼]

Senecio inaequidens DC. is a rapidly spreading plant invader in Europe. In its native range, it occurs at two co-existing diploid and tetraploid cytotypes. To date, only tetraploids are reported in Europe, even though invasive diploids were recorded in other parts of the world. We compared native diploid and both native and invasive tetraploid populations in common gardens in Europe for a suite of life history traits. Diploids were able to develop, showed high biomass production and produced more flower heads than tetraploids. In contrast, winter survival was null for diploids. It was low for native tetraploids, but reached 40% in invasive tetraploids. Results suggested that diploid cytotype tends to an annual life form when grown in Western Europe, with earlier and more abundant flowering. In contrast, the tetraploid cytotype was mainly perennial which may enhance its invasiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic variability among patients with hyperornithinaemia-hyperammonaemia-homocitrullinuria syndrome homozygous for the delF188 mutation in SLC25A15
Debray, François-Guillaume ULg; Lambert, M.; Lemieux, M. et al

in Journal of Medical Genetics (2008), 45(11), 759-764

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See detailPhenotypic variation in live weight and live-weight changes of lactating Holstein-Friesian cows
Koenen, Epc.; Groen, Af.; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Animal Science (1999), 68

This study quantified individual phenotypic variation in live weight and live-weight changes during the first three lactations and estimated the effects of age, lactation week and pregnancy on live weight ... [more ▼]

This study quantified individual phenotypic variation in live weight and live-weight changes during the first three lactations and estimated the effects of age, lactation week and pregnancy on live weight. Data comprised weekly averaged live weight (calculated from daily observations) during 452 lactations of 239 Holstein-Friesian cows. Unadjusted mean live weights were 553 (s.d. 50), 611 (s.d. 55) and 654 (s.d. 57) kg during first, second and third parity, respectively. Estimated effect of growth during parity was 46, 52 and 23 kg for the first three parities. Mean maximum weight loss was 26, 22 and 22 kg for first, second and third parity and variation was large among individuals. Week of lactation when cows had their maximum weight loss ranged from 7 weeks in first lactation to 13 weeks in third lactation. Estimated maximum effect of pregnancy on live weight during the lactation varied from 27 to 59 kg. Phenotypic variance in live weight increased with parity. Repeatabilities of live-weight observations within parity were 0.85. Across parities, high repeatabilities were found for calving weight and mean live weight but not for parameters associated with maximum weight loss. Correlations between weekly means and mean live weight during the whole of lactation were high. It was concluded that single live-weight observations of heifers are a good measurement of mean live weight during the first three parities. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic variation of a novel nonsense mutation in the P0 intracellular domain
Senderek, J.; Ramaekers, Vincent ULg; Zerres, K. et al

in Journal of the Neurological Sciences (2001), 192(1-2), 49-51

Mutations in the gene for the peripheral myelin protein zero (P0, MPZ) cause type 1B of Charcot-Marie-Tooth sensorimotor neuropathy (CMT1B). Here we report a German family with a novel heterozygous P0 ... [more ▼]

Mutations in the gene for the peripheral myelin protein zero (P0, MPZ) cause type 1B of Charcot-Marie-Tooth sensorimotor neuropathy (CMT1B). Here we report a German family with a novel heterozygous P0 nonsense mutation (G206X) that supposedly removes four-fifths of the amino acid residues constituting the P0 intracellular domain. The 12-year-old propositus had childhood-onset CMT1B associated with bilateral pes cavus, moderate lower limb weakness, and mildly reduced sensory qualities in the distal legs. The electrophysiology was consistent with a demyelinating neuropathy. He inherited the mutation from his mother who had no complaints but slight pes cavus deformity and slow nerve conduction velocities (NCV). Conclusively, truncating mutations within the P0 intracellular domain do not necessarily cause a severe phenotype such as Dejerine-Sottas syndrome (DSS) or congenital hypomyelinating neuropathy (CHN), but can result in mild or moderate CMT1B with intrafamilial clinical variability. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypical and Genotypical Surveillance of Macrolide and Lincosamide Resistance in Group B Streptococcus in Belgium
DESCY, Julie ULg; Ackermans, Yannick; BOREUX, Raphaël ULg et al

Poster (2012, September)

Background: Constant increase of erythromycin (E) and clindamycin (C) resistance (R) has been observed worldwide among isolates of group B streptococci (GBS). In Belgium, through the 2000s, E R increased ... [more ▼]

Background: Constant increase of erythromycin (E) and clindamycin (C) resistance (R) has been observed worldwide among isolates of group B streptococci (GBS). In Belgium, through the 2000s, E R increased rapidly from 10% to up to 30%. Therefore phenotypical and molecular surveillance of E and C R has to be conducted. Methods: 275 clinical isolates (N1) were obtained from a Belgian surveillance for invasive GBS disease in newborns (59 isolates with 32 early- and 27 late-onset diseases) and adults (216 strains) during 2008 to 2011 and 53 isolates (N2) from vagino-rectal colonization in pregnant women in 2010. E and C MICs were determined by using Etest® (EUCAST interpretive criteria). Furthermore, for the E R isolates, the inducible (iMLS), constitutive (cMLS) and M phenotypes were assessed by a double disk diffusion test; the distribution of genes encoding RNA methylases and efflux pumps was investigated by PCR. Results: Of the N1 and N2 isolates, 92 (33.5%) and 15 (28.3%) were respectively R to E, with a higher rate among serotype V (p <0.001) and serotype IV (p <0.05). Among these 107 E-R isolates, 100 (93.5%) exhibited the MLS phenotype (R to E and CC): 73 were cMLS with E MIC50 >256 mg/L and 27 iMLS with E MIC50/MIC90 12/>256 mg/L. The M phenotype (R to E and S to C) was expressed by 7 (6.5%) of E R isolates with E MIC50/MIC90 4/12 mg/L. One colonizing strain presented a newly described resistance mechanism in GBS: the L phenotype (S to E and R to C) with a C MIC at 8 mg/L. For cMLS, the most common E R genotype was ermB (66%) (p <0.05) followed by ermTR (29%) and ermB+ermTR (5%). All iMLS isolates harbored an ermTR gene except 3 (2 with ermB, 1 with both ermB and ermTR); and all M phenotype were positive for mefA/B gene. Conclusions:1) In Belgium, by year 2010, prevalence of macrolides R in GBS exceeded 30%, 2) MLS R phenotypes (target-site modification) were the majority mechanism; M phenotype (efflux R mechanism) was also prevalent. 3) E and C susceptibility testing and surveillance are mandatory to guide prophylaxis and treatment of serious GBS infections in penicillin-allergic patients (at high risk for anaphylaxis) but also to identify emergence of newly acquired resistance mechanisms such as the L phenotype. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypical and genotypical surveillance of macrolide and lincosamide resistance in group B streptococcus in Belgium
DESCY, Julie ULg; ACKERMANS, Yanick; BOREUX, Raphaël ULg et al

in Program and Abstract of the 52nd Intersciences Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2012, September)

Background: Constant increase of erythromycin (E) and clindamycin (C) resistance (R) has been observed worldwide among isolates of group B streptococci (GBS). In Belgium, through the 2000s, E R increased ... [more ▼]

Background: Constant increase of erythromycin (E) and clindamycin (C) resistance (R) has been observed worldwide among isolates of group B streptococci (GBS). In Belgium, through the 2000s, E R increased rapidly from 10% to up to 30%. Therefore phenotypical and molecular surveillance of E and C R has to be conducted. Methods: 275 clinical isolates (N1) were obtained from a Belgian surveillance for invasive GBS disease in newborns (59 isolates with 32 early- and 27 late-onset diseases) and adults (216 strains) during 2008 to 2011 and 53 isolates (N2) from vagino-rectal colonization in pregnant women in 2010. E and C MICs were determined by using Etest® (EUCAST interpretive criteria). Furthermore, for the E R isolates, the inducible (iMLS), constitutive (cMLS) and M phenotypes were assessed by a double disk diffusion test; the distribution of genes encoding RNA methylases and efflux pumps was investigated by PCR. Results: Of the N1 and N2 isolates, 92 (33.5%) and 15 (28.3%) were respectively R to E, with a higher rate among serotype V (p <0.001) and serotype IV (p <0.05). Among these 107 E-R isolates, 100 (93.5%) exhibited the MLS phenotype (R to E and CC): 73 were cMLS with E MIC50 >256 mg/L and 27 iMLS with E MIC50/MIC90 12/>256 mg/L. The M phenotype (R to E and S to C) was expressed by 7 (6.5%) of E R isolates with E MIC50/MIC90 4/12 mg/L. One colonizing strain presented a newly described resistance mechanism in GBS: the L phenotype (S to E and R to C) with a C MIC at 8 mg/L. For cMLS, the most common E R genotype was ermB (66%) (p <0.05) followed by ermTR (29%) and ermB+ermTR (5%). All iMLS isolates harbored an ermTR gene except 3 (2 with ermB, 1 with both ermB and ermTR); and all M phenotype were positive for mefA/B gene. Conclusions:1) In Belgium, by year 2010, prevalence of macrolides R in GBS exceeded 30%, 2) MLS R phenotypes (target-site modification) were the majority mechanism; M phenotype (efflux R mechanism) was also prevalent. 3) E and C susceptibility testing and surveillance are mandatory to guide prophylaxis and treatment of serious GBS infections in penicillin-allergic patients (at high risk for anaphylaxis) but also to identify emergence of newly acquired resistance mechanisms such as the L phenotype. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypical characterization of alpha-galactosidase A gene mutations identified in a large Fabry disease screening program in stroke in the young.
De Brabander, Isabel; Yperzeele, Laetitia; Ceuterick-De Groote, Chantal et al

in Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery (2013), 115(7),

OBJECTIVE: In the Belgian Fabry Study (BeFaS), the prevalence of Fabry disease was assessed in 1000 young patients presenting with stroke, unexplained white matter lesions or vertebrobasilar ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: In the Belgian Fabry Study (BeFaS), the prevalence of Fabry disease was assessed in 1000 young patients presenting with stroke, unexplained white matter lesions or vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia. The results of the BeFaS suggested that Fabry disease may play a role in up to 1% of young patients presenting with cerebrovascular disease. However, the clinical relevance was unclear in all cases. We report on detailed phenotyping in subjects identified with alpha-galactosidase A (alpha-Gal A) enzyme deficiency or GLA mutations identified in the BeFaS (n=10), and on the results of family screening in this population. METHODS: Family screening was performed to identify additional mutation carriers. Biochemical and/or clinical evaluation of all subjects (BeFaS index patients and relatives carrying a GLA mutation) was performed. RESULTS: Genetic family screening revealed 18 additional GLA mutation carriers. Bloodspot alpha-Gal A enzyme activity was normal in all GLA mutation carriers, even in 2 males with the p.A143T mutation. Plasma Gb3 and lyso-Gb3 levels were normal in all subjects. Elevated Gb3 in urine was detected in 2 subjects. Some classic clinical signs of Fabry disease, like angiokeratoma or cornea verticillata, could not be detected in our population. Cardiac symptoms of Fabry disease were found in 6 out of 10 p.A143T carriers. No signs of cerebrovascular disease were found in the relatives with a GLA mutation. CONCLUSIONS: We could not identify mutations causing the classical clinical phenotype of Fabry disease in our cerebrovascular disease population. Enzyme activity analysis in bloodspots and plasma may fail to identify late-onset variants of Fabry disease. We recommend genetic testing when an atypical, late-onset variant of Fabry disease is suspected in a male cerebrovascular disease patient. However, this may lead to the identification of non-disease causing or controversial genetic variants. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotyping and outcome on contemporary management in a German cohort of patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy.
Haghikia, A.; Podewski, E.; Libhaber, E. et al

in Basic Research in Cardiology (2013), 108(4), 366

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a life-threatening heart disease developing towards the end of pregnancy or in the months following delivery in previously healthy women in terms of cardiac disease ... [more ▼]

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a life-threatening heart disease developing towards the end of pregnancy or in the months following delivery in previously healthy women in terms of cardiac disease. Enhanced oxidative stress and the subsequent cleavage of the nursing hormone Prolactin into an anti-angiogenic 16 kDa subfragment emerged as a potential causal factor of the disease. We established a prospective registry with confirmed PPCM present in 115 patients (mean baseline left ventricular ejection fraction, LVEF: 27 +/- 9 %). Follow-up data (6 +/- 3 months) showed LVEF improvement in 85 % and full recovery in 47 % while 15 % failed to recover with death in 2 % of patients. A positive family history of cardiomyopathy was present in 16.5 %. Pregnancy-associated hypertension was associated with a better outcome while a baseline LVEF </= 25 % was associated with a worse outcome. A high recovery rate (96 %) was observed in patients obtaining combination therapy with beta-blocker, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors/angiotensin-receptor-blockers (ARBs) and bromocriptine. Increased serum levels of Cathepsin D, the enzyme that generates 16 kDa Prolactin, miR-146a, a direct target of 16 kDa Prolactin, N-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) emerged as biomarkers for PPCM. In conclusion, low baseline LVEF is a predictor for poor outcome while pregnancy-induced hypertensive disorders are associated with a better outcome in this European PPCM cohort. The high recovery rate in this collective is associated with a treatment concept using beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors/ARBs and bromocriptine. Increased levels of Cathepsin D activity, miR-146a and ADMA in serum of PPCM patients support the pathophysiological role of 16 kDa Prolactin for PPCM and may be used as a specific diagnostic marker profile. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotyping Belgian Blue cattle for their susceptibility to psoroptic mange
Abos, Romain ULg; Coussé, Annelies; Sarre, Charlotte et al

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See detailPhenotyping of robustness and milk quality
Berry, D.P.; McParland, S.; Bastin, Catherine ULg et al

in Advances in Animal Biosciences (2013), 4(3), 600-605

A phenotype describes the outcome of the interacting development between the genotype of an individual and its specific environment throughout life. Animal breeding currently exploits large data sets of ... [more ▼]

A phenotype describes the outcome of the interacting development between the genotype of an individual and its specific environment throughout life. Animal breeding currently exploits large data sets of phenotypic and pedigree information to estimate the genetic merit of animals. Here we describe rapid, low-cost phenomic tools for dairy cattle. We give particular emphasis to infrared spectroscopy of milk because the necessary spectral data are already routinely available on milk samples from individual cows and herds, and therefore the operational cost of implementing such a phenotyping strategy is minimal. The accuracy of predicting milk quality traits from mid-infrared spectroscopy (MIR) analysis of milk, although dependent on the trait under investigation, is particularly promising for differentiating between good and poor-quality dairy products. Many fatty acid concentrations in milk, and in particular saturated fatty acid content, can be very accurately predicted from milk MIR. These results have been confirmed in many international populations. Albeit from only two studied populations investigated in the RobustMilk project, milk MIR analysis also appears to be a reasonable predictor of cow energy balance, a measure of animal robustness; high accuracy of prediction was not expected as the gold standard method of measuring energy balance in those populations was likely to contain error. Because phenotypes predicted from milk MIR are available routinely from milk testing, longitudinal data analyses could be useful to identify animals of superior genetic merit for milk quality and robustness, as well as for monitoring changes in milk quality and robustness because of management, while simultaneously accounting for the genetic merit of the animals. These sources of information can be very valuable input parameters in decision-support tools for both milk producers and processors. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenylarsine oxide inhibits ex vivo HIV-1 expression
Edeas, M.; Arbault, S.; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg et al

in Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy (1997)

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See detailUn phéochromocytome aux multiples mutations
VROONEN, Laurent ULg; Maiga, Ibrahima ULg; Persu, A et al

in Abstract book - Annales d'Endocrinologie : 31ème Congrès de la Société Françaose d'Endocrinologie, Lyon 5-8 novembre 2014 (2014, October)

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See detailUne phéromone sexuelle chez la coccinelle asiatique, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg et al

Conference (2014, October)

A ce jour, aucune phéromone sexuelle n’a pu être mise en évidence chez les Coccinellidae. Cependant, diverses études suggèrent que de telles molécules sont impliquées dans la communication sexuelle chez ... [more ▼]

A ce jour, aucune phéromone sexuelle n’a pu être mise en évidence chez les Coccinellidae. Cependant, diverses études suggèrent que de telles molécules sont impliquées dans la communication sexuelle chez les coccinelles. Afin de vérifier cette hypothèse, nous avons collecté les composés organiques volatils émis par la coccinelle asiatique, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), en présence ou en absence de pucerons. En présence de pucerons, les femelles vierges présentent un « comportement d’appel » qui est notamment associé à l’émission d’une phéromone sexuelle volatile chez plusieurs espèces de Coléoptères. D’autre part, des tests éthologiques ont démontré que les femelles émettent des composés volatils qui attirent les mâles à distance. Enfin, les prélèvements ont été analysés par chromatographie en phase gazeuse couplée à la spectrométrie de masse. Les analyses ont mis en évidence cinq composés volatils spécifiques provenant des femelles, aucun d’entre eux n’étant émis pas les mâles. L’identification a révélé la présence de (–)-β-caryophyllène, de β-élémène, de méthyl-eugénol, d’α-humulène et d’α-bulnésène, exclusivement produits par les femelles nourries de pucerons et dont les quantités respectives augmentent progressivement au cours de la période de prélèvement. Les résultats confirment donc que les femelles H. axyridis produisent une phéromone sexuelle volatile. Ceux-ci devraient permettre de promouvoir le développement de méthodes de gestion plus efficaces afin de manipuler les mouvements de cette coccinelle invasive et de réduire les impacts négatifs qu’elle occasionne sur la biodiversité. [less ▲]

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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

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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 detailA pheromone-based formulation against phytophagous pests
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg et al

Poster (2014, April 02)

Innovative integrated pest management methods are needed to overcome market withdrawal of synthetic pesticides. Therefore, the identification of environment-friendly bio-products carrying direct or ... [more ▼]

Innovative integrated pest management methods are needed to overcome market withdrawal of synthetic pesticides. Therefore, the identification of environment-friendly bio-products carrying direct or indirect biocide activity is one promising alternative option. Our researches focus on the identification of appropriate formulations releasing volatile organic compounds that are attractive for natural enemies of insect pests. However, the elaboration of slow-release devices that ensure stable and controlled release of active volatile compounds is quite challenging. Here, we developed a formulation based on E-β-farnesene and (–)-β-caryophyllene, these two semiochemicals having strong attractive potential on aphid natural enemies including ladybeetles and hoverflies. Both compounds were encapsulated together in alginate gel beads. The blend efficiency is currently being evaluated through laboratory and field assays. [less ▲]

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