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Assistant Professor
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Technical skills:

- Chromatography (HPLC, GC, TLC)

- Mass spectrometry

- Chemical analyzes (proteins, lipids, glucids, CHCs, pheromones)

- structure analysis of insect nests (X ray tomography)

- quantitative sperm analyze

Research theme:


- Hornet (Vespa velutina)

- Termites (Reticulitermes flavipes, R. grassei).


- Manager of the scientific project "FRELON 2" (2015-2018): study of the biology and ecology of an invasive hornet in Europe (Vespa velutina) and development of a selective trap.

- Analyses of chemical communication (chemical signatures - CHCs - and pheromones) in insects.

- Analyses of insect nests (termites and Hymenoptera).

Image d'illustration

Worker of the yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina) which attacked a honeybee. I study the biology and ecology of this invasive species. I develop a selective trap.

X rays tomography analysis of the hornet nest (Vespa velutina).

Major publications

- Gévar J., Bagnères A. G., Christidès J. P., & Darrouzet E. (2017). Chemical heterogeneity in inbred European population of the invasive hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax. Journal of chemical ecology, 43(8), 763-777.
- Pérez-de-Heredia, I., Darrouzet, E., Goldarazena, A., Romón, P., & Iturrondobeitia, J. C. (2017). Differentiating between gynes and workers in the invasive hornet Vespa velutina (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in Europe. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 60, 119.
- Robinet C., Suppo C., Darrouzet E. (2017) Rapid spread of the invasive yellow-legged hornet in France: the role of human-mediated dispersal and the effects of control measures. Journal of Applied Ecology. 54:205-215.
- Rahman S., Ray Hajong S., Gévar J., Lenoir A., Darrouzet E. (2016) Cuticular hydrocarbon compounds in worker castes and their role in nestmate recognition in Apis cerana indica Fab. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 42:444-451.
- Rome Q., Muller F. J., Touret-Alby A., Darrouzet E., Perrard A., Villemant C. (2015) Caste differentiation and seasonal changes in Vespa velutina (Hym.: Vespidae) colonies in its introduced range. Journal of Applied Entomology. 139(10), 771-782.
- Eom YH, Perna A, Fortunato S, Darrouzet E, Theraulaz G, Jost C. (2015) Network based model of the growth of termite nests. Physical Research E. 92(6).
- Darrouzet E., Gévar J., Guignard Q., Aron S. (2015) Production of early diploid males in European colonies of the invasive hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax. PlosOne. 10(9): e0136680.
- Darrouzet E., Gévar J., Dupont S. (2015) A scientific note about an end oparasitoid that could help limit the spread of the honeybee killer Vespa velutina nigrithorax in Europe. Apidologie, 46(1):130-132.
- Darrouzet E., Labédan M., Landré X., Perdereau E., Christidès J-P, Bagnères A-G (2014) Endocrine control of cuticular hydrocarbon profiles during worker-to-soldier differentiation in the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. Journal of Insect Physiology 61:25-33.
- Leniaud L, Darrouzet E., Dedeine F., Ahn K., Huang Z. & Bagnères A-G (2011) Ontogenic potentialities of the worker caste in two sympatric subterranean termites in France. Evolution and Development, 13(2), 138-148.
- Martel V., Darrouzet E., Boivin G. (2011) Phenotypic plasticity in the reproductive traits of a parasitoid. Journal of Insect Physiology, 57(6), 682-687.
- Bagnères A-G, Darrouzet E., Landré X., & Christidès J-P. (2011) Synchronized evolution of the chemical signature of Reticulitermes (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae) worker termites. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 47(1).
- Darrouzet E., Lebreton S., Gouix N., Wipf A. & Bagnères A-G. (2010) Parasitoid females’ reproductive strategies are modulated by the sexual origin of cuticular hydrocarbons perceived. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 36, 1092–1100.
- Lebreton S., Chevrier C. & Darrouzet E. (2010) Sex allocation strategies in response to conspecifics offspring sex ratio in solitary parasitoids. Behavioural Ecology, 21(1):107-112.
- Lebreton S., Christides JP, Bagnères A-G, Chevrier C. & Darrouzet E. (2010) Modifications of the chemical profile of hosts after parasitism allox parasitoid females to assess the time elapsed since the first attack. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 36, 513–521
- Lebreton S, Labarussias M, Chevrier C & Darrouzet E. (2009) Discrimination of the age of conspecific eggs by an ovipositing ectoparasitic wasp. Entomol. Exp. & Appl., 130(1), 28-34.
- Lebreton S., Darrouzet E. & Chevrier C. (2009) Could hosts considered as low quality for egg-laying be considered as high quality for host-feeding? Journal of Insect Physiology, 55(8), 694-699.
- Darrouzet E., Boivin G. & Chevrier C. (2008) Adaptive offspring sex ratio under superparasitism in the parasitoid wasp Eupelmus vuilleti. Journal of Insect Behavior, 21, 181-191.
- Pichon A., Kutnik M., Leniaud L., Darrouzet E., Châline N., Dupont S. & Bagnères A-G. (2007) Development of experimentally orphaned termite workers colonies of two Reticulitermes species. Sociobiology, 50(3), 1015-1034.
- Schrempf A., Darrouzet E. & Heinze J. (2007) Mating success and potential male-worker conflict in a male-dimorphic ant. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 7: 114.
- Darrouzet E., Bignon L. and Chevrier C. (2007) Impact of mating status on egg-laying and superparasitism behaviour in a parasitoid wasp. Entomol. Exp. & Appl., 123(3), 279-285.
- Rojas-Rousse D., Bressac C., Thibeaudeau C., Kalmès R., Darrouzet E., Chevrier C. (2005) Reproductive capacity of females Eupelmus vuilleti (Eupelmidae) inseminated by hyperparasitoid males developed upon the primary parasitoid Dinarmus basalis (Pteromalidae). Comptes Rendus Biologies, 328, 802-811.
- Darrouzet E., Imbert E. & Chevrier (2003) C. Self-superparasitism consequences for offspring sex ratio in the solitary ectoparasitoid Eupelmus vuilleti. Entomol. Exp. & Appl. 109, 167-171.
- Darrouzet E., Huignard J. & Chevrier C. (2002) Effect of differential host exposure on reproduction in the solitary ectoparasitoid Eupelmus vuilleti. Entomol. Exp. & Appl. 103(1), 73-81.
- Giron D., Rivero A., Mandon N., Darrouzet E. & Casas J. (2002) The physiology of host feeding in parasitic wasps: implications for survival. Functional Ecology. 16, 750-757.
- Mauchamp B., Darrouzet E., Malosse C. & Couillaud F. (1999) 4’-OH-JH-III: an additional hydroxylated juvenile hormone produced by locust corpora allata in vitro. Insect Biochem.Molec. 29, 475-480.
- Darrouzet, E., Rossignol, F, and Couillaud, F. (1998) The release of isoprenoids by locust corpora allata in vitro. J. Insect Physiol. 44, 103-111.
- Darrouzet E., Mauchamp B., Kerhoas L., Ujvary I., Prestwich G., and Couillaud F. (1997) Hydroxy Juvenile Hormones (HJH): new putative juvenile hormones biosynthesized by locust corpora allata in vitro. Biochem. Bioph. Res. Co. 240, 752-758.
- Couillaud, F., Darrouzet, E., Debernard, S., and Rossignol, F. (1997) Juvenile hormone and its metabolites in Locusta migratoria. Ann. NY. Acad. Sci.389, 293-296.
- Couillaud, F., Debernard, S., Darrouzet, E., and Rossignol, F. (1996) The hidden face of juvenile hormone metabolism in the African locust. Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol. 32:387-397.

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