• Centre de Biologie pour la Gestion des Populations (CBGP), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (Inra), Montpellier, France
  • Adaptation, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Evolutionary Applications, Experimental Evolution, Genotype-Phenotype, Hybridization / Introgression, Other, Population Genetics / Genomics, Quantitative Genetics
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I am a permanent research director at the Centre de Biologie pour la Gestion des Population (Montpellier, INRA, France). I study the evolutionary biology of invasive species using both empirical (production of molecular and quantitative data) and methodological (e.g. approximate Bayesian computations) approaches. My aim is to provide insights into the ecological, historical, demographical and adaptive factors underlying biological invasions. My main biological models are the ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis and the fruit pest Drosophila suzukii.

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A valuable work lying at the crossroad of neuro-ethology, evolution and ecology in the fruit pest Drosophila suzukii

Adaptations to a new ecological niche allow species to access new resources and circumvent competitors and are hence obvious pathways of evolutionary success. The evolution of agricultural pest species represents an important case to study how a species adapts, on various timescales, to a novel ecological niche. Among the numerous insects that are agricultural pests, the ability to lay eggs (or oviposit) in ripe fruit appears to be a recurrent scenario. Fruit flies (family Tephritidae) employ th...


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