Frédéric, Marion-Poll


Professor AgroParisTech

Research topic: Physiology of the taste system in insects and evolution of the detection of aversive molecules

Tel: office: +33 1 69 15 49 73; lab: 68 52
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Insects use their taste system in the same way than vertebrates, to detect nutritive molecules and to avoid potentially toxic molecules. They also use taste to detect molecules related to intra or interspecific interactions (sex, social, ennemies) or to analyze their environment. I am interested in understanding how this system evolves, in particular how bitterness relates to toxicity.  This research has applications in crop protection (searching for aversive substances against insects, designing food or pheromonal traps), and to insect rearing as feed or food (to adapt insects to available biological resources). More specifically, we are interested in evaluating the feeding range of insects which can be used as a source of proteins to feed animals or humans.


Extracellular electrophysiology (taste, olfaction); behavior (feeding activities – multiCAFE, PER; locomotion activity – Trikinetics)

Students (2023)

  • Jeremy Guillaume (PhD CIFFRE) (PIs: Philippe , Samir Mezdour, FMP)
  • Céline Serrano (PostDoc – ANR BITTERTOX)




  • EGCE-IDEEV: Amir Yassin, Jean-Luc Da Lage, Michael Lang, Jean-Christophe Sandoz, Myriam Harry, Philippe Le Gall
  • GQE-IDEEV:  Christine Dillmann
  • Institut Galien: Ghozlene Mekhloufi
  • AgroParisTech: Samir Mezdour
  • Yale University: John Carlson

Past students

  • 2023
    • Perla Akkiki (coPI: Jacques Montagne)
  • 2018
    • Claudia Steiner (postdoc)
    • Perrine Colombi (PhD ABIES; co-PI: Ghozlene Mekloufi)
    • Inoussa Sanané (PhD Paris Sud; coPI: Christine Dillmann)
    • Maroua Ferdenache (PhD Annaba-ABIES; coPI: Kilani Samira, University of Annaba)
    • Julia Mariette (PhD Paris Sud; coPI: Jean-Christophe Sandoz)
  •  2016
    • Moutaz Ali Agha (doctorant ABIES)
  • 2015
    • Aniruddha Mitra (post-doc Marie Curie)
    • Alice French (PhD, ABIES)
    • Solène Travaillard (Master thesis)
    • Sébastien Fromentin (CEI internship, AgroParisTech)
  • 2014
    • Laura Garcia (master ERASMUS, Polytechnique University of Madrid)
    • Andrea Santamarta (master ERASMUS, Polytechnique University of Madrid)
  • 2013
    • Alexandra Guigue (PhD, ABIES)



Yanagawa, A., M. A. Chabaud, T. Imai and F. Marion-Poll (2018). “Olfactory cues play a significant role in removing fungus from the body surface of Drosophila melanogaster.” Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 151: 144-150.

Piesik, D., D. Rochat, J. Bocianowski and F. Marion-Poll (2018). “Repellent activity of plants from the genus Chenopodium to Ostrinia nubilalis larvae.” Plant Protection Science 54(4): 265-271.


Couto, A., A. Mitra, D. Thiery, F. Marion-Poll & J.-C. Sandoz (2017) Hornets Have It: A Conserved Olfactory Subsystem for Social Recognition in Hymenoptera? Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 11. 10.3389/fnana.2017.00048.

Sánchez-Alcañiz, J., Zappia,G, F. Marion-Poll & R. Benton (2017) A mechanosensory receptor required for food texture detection in Drosophila. Nature Communications, 8, 14192. 10.1038/ncomms14192.

Yanagawa, A., C. Neyen, B. Lemaitre & F. Marion-Poll (2017) The gram-negative sensing receptor PGRP-LC contributes to grooming induction in Drosophila. PLOS One, 12(11):e0185370. 10.1371/journal.pone.0185370.


Iacovone, A., A. S. French, F. Tellier, A. Cusumano, G. Clement, C. Gaertner, E. Conti, G. Salerno & F. Marion-Poll (2016) The role of contact chemoreception in the host location process of an egg parasitoid. Journal of Insect Physiology, 91-92, 63-75. 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2016.07.001.

Kwon, H., Ali Agha, M., Smith, R.C., Nachman, R.J., Marion-Poll, F.*, and Pietrantonio, P.V.* (2016). Leucokinin mimetic elicits aversive behavior in mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.) and inhibits the sugar taste neuron. PNAS 113, 6880-6885.  DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1520404113 (*: co-corresponding authors)


French, A., M. Ali Agha, A. Mitra, A. Yanagawa, M.-J. Sellier and F. Marion-Poll (2015). Drosophila bitter taste(s). Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 9: 58. DOI: 10.3389/fnint.2015.00058

French, A.S., Sellier, M.-J., Ali Agha, M., Guigue, A.M.A., Chabaud, M.-A., Reeb, P.D., Mitra, A., Grau, Y., Soustelle, L., and Marion-Poll, F. (2015). Dual Mechanism for Bitter Avoidance in Drosophila. Journal of Neuroscience 35, 3990-4004. DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.1312-14.2015.

Iacovone, A., Salerno, G., French, A.S., Conti, E., and Marion-Poll, F. (2015). Antennal gustatory perception and behavioural responses in Trissolcus brochymenae females. Journal of Insect Physiology 78, 15-25.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2015.04.013.


Yanagawa A, Guigue AM and Marion-Poll F (2014). Hygienic grooming is induced by contact chemicals in Drosophila melanogaster. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 8,254. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00254

Rharrabe, K., E. Jacquin-Joly and F. Marion-Poll (2014). Electrophysiological and behavioral responses of Spodoptera littoralis caterpillars to attractive and repellent plant volatiles. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2: 00005.

Alabi, T., Marion-Poll, F., Danho, M., Mazzucchelli, G.D., De Pauw, E., Haubruge, E., and Francis, F. (2014). Identification of taste receptors and proteomic characterization of the antenna and legs of Tribolium brevicornis, a stored food product pest. Insect Molecular Biology 23, 1-12.


Sauvion, N., Calatayud, P.A., Thiéry, D., and Marion-Poll, F. (2013). Introduction. In Interactions insectes-plantes, N. Sauvion, P.A. Calatayud, D. Thiéry and F. Marion-Poll, eds. (Editions Quae & IRD), pp. 13-19.

Thiéry, D., Derridj, S., Calatayud, P.-A., Maher, N., and Marion-Poll, F. (2013). L’insecte au contact des plantes. In Interactions insectes-plantes, N. Sauvion, P.A. Calatayud, D. Thiéry and F. Marion-Poll, eds. (Editions Quae & IRD), pp. 347-368.

Calatayud, P.-A., Marion-Poll, F., and Thiéry, D. (2013). La réception sensorielle chez les insectes. In Interactions insectes-plantes, N. Sauvion, P.A. Calatayud, D. Thiéry and F. Marion-Poll, eds. (Editions Quae & IRD), pp. 137-149.

Sauvion, N., Calatayud, P.-A., Thiéry, D., and Marion-Poll, F. (2013). Interactions insectes-plantes, (Editions Quae & IRD).

Devambez, I., Ali Agha, M., Mitri, C., Bockaert, J., Parmentier, M.-L., Marion-Poll, F., Grau, Y., and Soustelle, L. (2013). Gao Is Required for L-Canavanine Detection in Drosophila. PLoS ONE 8, e63484.

Popescu A., Couton L., Almaas T-J., Rospars J-P., Wright G A., Marion-Poll F and Anton S. (2013) Function and central projections of gustatory receptor neurons on the antenna of the noctuid moth Spodoptera littoralis. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 199: 403-416.

Piesik, D., Rochat, D., Delaney, K.J., and Marion-Poll, F. (2013). Orientation of European corn borer first instar larvae to synthetic green leaf volatiles. Journal of Applied Entomology Zeitschrift für Angewandte Entomologie 137, 234-240.

Soares, S. F., C. C. B. Louly, F. Marion-Poll, M. F. B. Ribeiro and L. M. F. Borges (2013). “Study on cheliceral sensilla of the brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Latreille, 1806) (Acari: Ixodidae) involved in taste perception of phagostimulants.” Acta Tropica 126(1): 75-83.

Ryuda M., Calas-List D., Yamada A., Marion-Poll F., Yoshikawa H., Tanimura T., Ozaki K. (2013) Gustatory sensing mechanism coding for multiple oviposition stimulants in the swallowtail butterfly, Papilio xuthus. Journal of Neuroscience 33(3) 914-924.

Juma G., Thiongo M., Dutaur L., Rharrabe K., Marion-Poll F., Le Ru B., Magoma G., Silvain J.-F., Calatayud P.-A. (2013) Two sugar isomers influence host plant acceptance by a cereal caterpillar pest. Bulletin of Entomological Research 103(1): 20-28.


Poivet E., Rharrabe K., Monsempes C., Glaser N., Rochat D., Renou M., Marion-Poll F., Jacquin-Joly E. (2012) The use of sex pheromone as an evolutionary solution to food source selection in caterpillars. Nature Communications 3: 1047.

Soares, S.F., Louly, C.C.B., Neves, C.A., Marion-Poll, F., and Borges, L.M.F. (2012). Detection of phytoecdysteroids by gustatory sensilla on chelicerae of the brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus. Physiological Entomology 37, 241-249.

Minoli S., Kauer I., Colson V., Party V, Renou M., Anderson P., Gadenne C., Marion-Poll F., Anton S. (2012) Brief exposure to sensory cues elicits stimulus-nonspecific general sensitization in an insect. PLoS ONE 7(3): e34141.

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