project

BODYGUARD

Bodyguard manipulation: from mechanisms to ecological consequences
French National Research Agency (ANR)
  • Funder: French National Research Agency (ANR)Project code: ANR-10-BLAN-1702
  • Funder Contribution: 340,000 EUR
Description
Alteration of host behavioural phenotypes is a widespread strategy of host exploitation among parasitic organisms. Understanding such strategies is important for applied aspects of parasitology as well as for evolutionary and ecological reasons. In this proposal, we wish to study, from proximate and ultimate mechanisms to ecological consequences, a type of manipulation that has been until now largely unexplored: the bodyguard manipulation. In certain braconid wasps, larvae exit from the host to pupate and subsequently induce their hosts to behave as true “bodyguards” displaying a range of defensive behaviours that protect cocoons against natural enemies. Mechani...
Description
Alteration of host behavioural phenotypes is a widespread strategy of host exploitation among parasitic organisms. Understanding such strategies is important for applied aspects of parasitology as well as for evolutionary and ecological reasons. In this proposal, we wish to study, from proximate and ultimate mechanisms to ecological consequences, a type of manipulation that has been until now largely unexplored: the bodyguard manipulation. In certain braconid wasps, larvae exit from the host to pupate and subsequently induce their hosts to behave as true “bodyguards” displaying a range of defensive behaviours that protect cocoons against natural enemies. Mechani...
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