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Chemical Ecology & Evolution of Social Insects

The team Chemical Ecology & Evolution of Social Insects carries out researches into the biology and ecology of eusocial insects (in termites but also ants, wasps, hornets, etc), based on an integrative approach, and more recently on a subsocial insect (the European earwig).

Our work aim to provide a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the social organisation of termites in various situations. To do so, we study the species' life history, their origins, their populations, the reproductive and social structures of colonies, as well as the caste system through its formation and regulation within colonies.

Various approaches are used: chemical ecology, behavioural ecology, integrative physiology, population genetics, phylogeny, phylogeography and sociogenomics. Part of our team work also cover expertise and practical application of theoritical researches.

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