Université de Neuchâtel

Respiratory physiology and anthropophilic behavioural traits of the main malaria vector "Anopheles gambiae" Giles (Diptera: Culicidae)

Frei, Jérôme ; Guerin, Patrick (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2018.

Anopheles gambiae Giles (An. gambiae) is the main vector of malaria. To fulfil metabolic demand An. gambiae is particularly dependent on blood feeding which is an important driving force of its strong vectorial capacity. It is therefore important to better understand how its metabolism scales with body size and, as an ectotherm, evaluate the thermal sensitivity of its...

Université de Neuchâtel

A comparative study on the plant odour preferences and learning ability of three solitary endoparaditoids of "Spodoptera" species

Tamò Zürcher, Cristina ; Turlings, Theodoor (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2006 ; Th.1983.

Odour cues are crucial for adult female and male parasitoids throughout their life span. The attraction of parasitoids to the odours of plants, hosts, food sources, conspecifics and competitors have been studied using various methods and tools, mostly in different types of olfactometers and wind tunnels. For this thesis we developed a novel olfactometer for highthrough-put bio-assays. In chapter...

Université de Neuchâtel

Assessing the importance of specific volatile organic compounds in multitrophic interactions

D'Alessandro, Marco ; Turlings, Théodoor (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2006 ; 1910.

Plants interact with a multitude of beneficial and harmful organisms of different trophic levels and it is generally accepted that such multitrophic interactions are highly relevant for various defence responses in plants. One of the most intriguing responses in plants is induced by herbivore feeding and results in the release of large amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These...