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Assistant Professor
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Research theme:


My work aims to better understand the evolution of cooperation in the living world. Cooperation is a widespread phenomenon that occurs at all levels of biological organization, from genomes to ecosystems. I use a combination of different methods of molecular ecology and evolutionary genetics to study key factors that favor and transform cooperation phenomena occurring both in symbiotic associations (mutualism between insects and microorganisms) and in insect societies (cooperation and division of labour among colony members). I investigate these questions by developing the following lines of research:


  • Evolutionary dynamics of host-Wolbachia associations in insects (wasps, ants, moths)


  • Genetics and evolution of invasive populations in social insects (termites, hornets)


  • Evolution of reproductive and breeding systems in social insects (termites, hornets)


  • Evolution of nutritional gut microbial communities in termites


Key words: Cooperation, Symbiosis, Mutualism, Sociality, Reproductive Systems, Inbreeding, Population Genetics, Molecular Phylogenetics, Insects, Microorganisms





Population genetics (Licence 3, UE 5.2, Unit coordinator)

Evolutionary biology (Licence 3, UE 6.5b, Unit coordinator)

Conservation genetics (Master 1, UE 7.3, Unit co-coordinator)

Evolutionary genetics (Master 1, UE 8.8, Unit coordinator)

Evolutionary ecology (Master 2, member of the pedagogic committee)

Major publications


Perdereau E, Bagnères A-G, Vargo EL, Baudouin G, Xu Y, Labadie P, Dupont S & Dedeine F (2015). Relationship between invasion success and colony breeding structure in a subterranean termite. Molecular Ecology. Doi : 10.1111/mec13094.

Luchetti A#, Dedeine F#, Velonà A & Mantovani B (2013). Extreme genetic mixing within colonies of the wood-dwelling termite Kalotermes flavicollis (Kalotermitidae). Molecular Ecology. 22(12): 3391-3402. (#: co-first authors).

Perdereau E, Bagnères A-G, Bankhead-Dronnet S, Dupont S, Zimmermann M, Vargo EL & Dedeine F (2013). Global genetic analysis reveals the putative native source of the invasive termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, in France. Molecular Ecology, 22(4): 1105-19.

Perdereau E, Dedeine F, Christidès J-P, Dupont S, & Bagnères A-G (2011). Competition between invasive and indigenous species : an insular case study of subterranean termites. Biological invasions, 36(11): 1189-1198.

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 & Development, 13(2): 138-148.

Perdereau E, Dedeine F, Christidès J-P & Bagnères A (2010) Variations in worker cuticular hydrocarbons and soldier isoprenoid défensive secretions within and among introduced and native populations of the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 36: 1189-1198.

Leniaud L, Dedeine F, Pichon A, Dupont S & Bagnères A-G (2010) Geographical distribution, genetic diversity and social organization of a new European termite, Reticulitermes urbis (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Biological Invasions, 12: 1389-1402.

Kremer N, Dedeine F, Charif D, Finet C, Allemand R & Vavre F (2010) Do variable compensatory mechanisms explain the polymorphism of the dependance phenotype in the Asobara tabida-Wolbachia association? Evolution, 64(10): 2969-79.

Perdereau E, Bagnères A-G, Dupont S & Dedeine F (2010) High occurrence of colony fusion in a French population of the American termite Reticulitermes flavipes: did social organization evolve after introduction? Insectes Sociaux, 57(4): 393-402.

Dedeine F, Vavre F & Boulétreau M (2005). Wolbachia requirement for oogenesis: occurrence within the genus Asobara (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) and evidence for intraspecific variation in A. tabida. Heredity, 95: 394-400.

Dedeine F, Ahrens ME, Calcaterra L & Shoemaker DD (2005). Social parasitism in fire ants (Solenopsis spp): a potential mechanism for interspecies transfer of Wolbachia. Molecular Ecology, 14(5): 1543-1548.

Dedeine F, Vavre F, Shoemaker DD & Boulétreau M (2004). Intra-individual coexistence of a Wolbachia strain required for host oogenesis with two strains inducing cytoplasmic incompatibility in the wasp Asobara tabida. Evolution, 58(10): 2167-2174.

Mouton L, Dedeine F, Henri H, Boulétreau M, Profizi N, Vavre F (2004). Virulence, Multiple infections and regulation of symbiotic population in the Wolbachia-Asobara tabida symbiosis. Genetics, 168(1): 181-189.

Dedeine F, Bandi C, Boulétreau M & Kramer LH (2003). Insights into Wolbachia obligatory symbiosis. Chapitre dans:Insect Symbiosis” (K. Bourtzis & T. Miller, CRC Press LLC), 267-282.

Vavre F, Dedeine F, Quillon M, Fouillet P, Fleury F & Boulétreau M (2001). Within-species diversity of Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility in haplodiploid insects. Evolution, 55 (8): 1710-1714.  

Dedeine F, Vavre F, Fleury F, Loppin B, Hochberg ME & Boulétreau M (2001). Removing symbiotic Wolbachia bacteria specifically inhibit oogenesis in a parasitic wasp. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 98: 6247-6252.   

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