Host-symbiont interactions and insect communities provide ideal models for investigating diverse evolutionary and ecological processes.
At the ISEE lab, we try to explain the observed variations in prevalence and penetrance of a Wolbachia infection in insect populations. In particular, we investigate how symbiotic micro-organisms may influence insect communities and food-webs, and how the diverse interactions between species of insect communities may facilitate the horizontal transfer of their endosymbionts.
Researchers thought 30 years ago that they just introduced some Glanville fritillary butterfly larvae on a small island in the Åland Islands, Finland. Little did they know that within the butterfly larvae there nested two other insect species and a bacterial symbiont.
A common endosymbiotic bacterium has led to reduced genetic diversity across large areas of the blue-tailed damselfly range.
Discussions of a broken value system are ubiquitous in science. Anne Duplouy is part of a team of 24 international women scientists pushing for a shift in the value system to redefine “impact” and “success” in science.