Fotini Koutroumpa

Fotini Koutroumpa
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE) | INRAE

PhD

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Introduction
Fotini Koutroumpa currently works at the Animal Health department of the INRAe in France, in the team Multiresistances and Pathogeny factors of Nematodes (MPN). She is interested in the exploring the sensory system of animal parasites such as nematodes, insects and acarea. Its ultimate goal is to find new targets for drug action against animal parasites
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences IEES-Paris
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Understanding of the role of olfactory receptors in Spodotera littoralis moth
October 2015 - October 2017
University of Amsterdam
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • I am interested in insects’ speciation. Using moths as models I explore their chemical communication evolution through genetics, physiology and behavior. Understanding the dynamics of the system is fundamental for environmentally safe control strategies
April 2013 - March 2015
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE)
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Gustatory receptor characterization in Spodoptera littoralis
Education
October 2003 - December 2007
Université d'Orléans
Field of study
  • Physiology and Biology of organisms – Populations – Interactions

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Publications (34)
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The bitter taste, triggered via gustatory receptors, serves as an important natural defense against the ingestion of poisonous foods in animals, and the increased host breadth is usually linked to an increase in the number of gustatory receptor genes. This has been especially observed in polyphagous insect species, such as noctuid species from the...
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Sex pheromone receptors are crucial in insects for mate finding and contribute to species premating isolation. Many pheromone receptors have been functionally characterized, especially in moths, but loss of function studies are rare. Notably, the potential role of pheromone receptors in the development of the macroglomeruli in the antennal lobe (th...
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The bitter taste, triggered via gustatory receptors, serves as an important natural defense against the ingestion of poisonous foods in animals, and the diversity of food diet is usually linked to an increase in the number of gustatory receptor genes. This has been especially observed in polyphagous insect species, such as noctuid species from the...
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Background The detection of environmental cues and signals via the sensory system directs behavioral choices in diverse organisms. Insect larvae rely on input from the chemosensory system, mainly olfaction, for locating food sources. In several lepidopteran species, foraging behavior and food preferences change across larval instars; however, the m...
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Illumina-based transcriptome sequencing of chemosensory organs has become a standard in deciphering the molecular bases of chemical senses in insects, especially in non-model species. A plethora of antennal transcriptomes is now available in the literature, describing large sets of chemosensory receptors and binding proteins in a diversity of speci...
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The sex pheromone system of ~160,000 moth species acts as a powerful form of assortative mating whereby females attract conspecific males with a species-specific blend of volatile compounds. Understanding how female pheromone production and male preference coevolve to produce this diversity requires knowledge of the genes underlying change in both...
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Sex pheromone receptors (PRs) are key players in chemical communication between mating partners in insects. In the highly diversified insect order Lepidoptera, male PRs tuned to female-emitted type I pheromones (which make up the vast majority of pheromones identified) form a dedicated subfamily of odorant receptors (ORs). Here, using a combination...
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Sex pheromone receptors (PRs) are key players in chemical communication between mating partners in insects. In the highly diversified insect order Lepidoptera, male PRs tuned to female-emitted type I pheromones (which make up the vast majority of pheromones identified) form a dedicated subfamily of odorant receptors (ORs). Here, using a combination...
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Emergence of polyphagous herbivorous insects entails significant adaptation to recognize, detoxify and digest a variety of host-plants. Despite of its biological and practical importance - since insects eat 20% of crops - no exhaustive analysis of gene repertoires required for adaptations in generalist insect herbivores has previously been performe...
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The sexual pheromone communication system of moths is a model system for studies of the evolution of reproductive isolation. Females emit a blend of volatile components that males detect at a distance. Species differences in female pheromone composition and male response directly reinforce reproductive isolation in nature, because even slight varia...
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Lepidoptera suffer critical lack of genetic tools and heritable genome edition has been achieved only in a few model species. Here we demonstrate that the CRISPR/Cas9 system is highly efficient for genome editing in a non-model crop pest Lepidoptera, the noctuid moth Spodoptera littoralis. We knocked-out the olfactory receptor co-receptor Orco gene...
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Nuclear copies of mitochondrial DNA (NUMTs or mitochondrial pseudogenes) are known to impede the detection of interspecific genetic diversity. But the effect of these artifacts on phylogeographic reconstruction remains under evaluated. In this study, we analysed a set of 115 sequences of a fragment of the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene (COI) o...
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Pheromone communication relies on highly specific signals sent and received between members of the same species. However, how pheromone preference is determined in moth olfactory circuits remains unknown. Here we describe a potential mechanism that generates preference differences in Ostrinia nubilalis. In Ostrinia nubilalis it was found that a sin...
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The moth sex pheromone communication is one of the most striking examples of chemical communication in the animal kingdom. Investigating the molecular mechanisms of pheromone biosynthesis in the female pheromone gland and of pheromone reception in the male antennae not only defines new concepts in signalling research but also opens new perspectives...
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Phylogenetic relationships within the European Monochamus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) remain understudied despite their increasing importance in the Pine Wood Nematode spread in Europe. To clarify the delimitation and the evolutionary history of the two main European Monochamus species, Monochamus galloprovincialis and Monochamus sutor, as well as t...
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We provide a comprehensive overview of those Lepidopteran invasions to Europe that result from increasing globalisation and also review expansion of species within Europe. A total of 97 non-native Lepidoptera species (about 1% of the known fauna), in 20 families and 11 superfamilies have established so far in Europe, of which 30 alone are Pyraloide...
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Considering the key role of Monochamus galloprovincialis (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the dispersion of the pine wood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Steiner & Bührer) Nickle (Nematoda: Aphelenchoidea), in Europe, defining the host spectrum and preference of M. galloprovincialis is of primary importance for forest management. There...
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A mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Study, based oil 43 European populations (33 of them sampled in France) of Monochamus galloprovincialis vector of the pinewood nematode, and 14 populations Of its sister Species Monochamus sutor was realized. Sequencing of 792bp of the cytochrome oxidase I (COI) and 521 bp of the COII genes revealed numerous ambiguities...
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•The study aimed at clarifying basic life traits (fecundity, mortality and development) of Monochamus galloprovincialis, the vector of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, the causative agent of the Pine Wilt Disease, in Portugal. • Mating and oviposition experiments were conducted on P. sylvestris logs under laboratory conditions during two years. Larval d...
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As a consequence of the recent introduction of the pine wood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus in Portugal, nematodes of the genus Bursaphelenchus were looked for in various French pine forests, in trees attacked by Monochamus galloprovincialis, the vector insect of B. xylophilus, and in the insects themselves. Trap trees were felled in 12 locali...
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Au Portugal où il a été récemment introduit accidentellement, le nématode phytopathogène invasif Bursaphelenhus xylophilus est véhiculé et transmis par son vecteur indigène Monochamus galloprovincialis aux arbres hôtes (Pinus pinaster). Pour estimer les risques d’invasion et de propagation en France et au reste de l’Europe, une étude approfondie de...

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PhD project 2003-2007 University of Orléans, France
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During the next two years (2015-2017) I will be working as a postdoctoral fellow of the Marie Curie Skłodowska actions Horizon 2020, at Astrid Groot's group at the IBED of the UvA. My model species will be the European Corn Borer, Ostrinia nubilalis. I aim to characterize a candidate gene that we have evidenced during our previous work to be the gene responsible for the male differential response to the female (also differential) pheromone production and therefore would be responsible for the pheromonal dimorphism with its separation in two pheromonal strains. As sex pheromones are increasingly used in green management of pests, understanding the dynamics of the system is of fundamental importance in application of environmentally safe plant protection strategies