Florence, Mougel

PhD, 1997

Tel. 33 1 69 15 64 93
Mail. florence.mougel-imbert@universite-paris-saclay.fr


My present research focuses on mechanisms of adaptation an dis based on two biological models:

  • Parasitoid insects belonging to the Cotesia genus for which I study the components of reproductive success, in particular the ones related to host adaptation
  • hematophagous bugs vector of the Chagas disease belonging the genus Triatoma and Rhodnius for which I’m interested in adaptation to anthropic environment.

I develop genetic tools (mapping based on neutral markers, identification of QTL), genomics (assembly and identification of interesting genes) and transcriptomics (differential expression analysis).



  • Diversity and Evolution of living organisms
  • Biological cycle and development
  • Genetics
  • Statistics

Development of interactive exercises:


Muller, H., Heisserer, C., Fortuna, T., Mougel, F., Huguet, E., Kaiser, L., & Gilbert, C. (2022). Investigating bracovirus chromosomal integration and inheritance in lepidopteran host and non‐target species. Molecular Ecology.

Capdevielle Dulac, C., Benoist, R., Paquet, S., Calatayud, P. A., Obonyo, J., Kaiser, L., & Mougel, F. (2022). Spontaneous parthenogenesis in the parasitoid wasp Cotesia typhae: low frequency anomaly or evolving process? Peer Community Journal, 2.

Merle, M., Filee, J., Oliveira, J., Almeida, C., Mougel, F., Bastide, H., Girondot, M., da Rosa, J. A., Harry, M. (in press). Genome size variation in the Rhodninii tribe of Chagas disease vectors. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, tpmd210394-tpmd210394.

Filée, J., Merle, M., Bastide, H., Mougel, F., Bérenger, J. M., Folly-Ramos, E., … & Harry, M. (2022). Phylogenomics for Chagas Disease Vectors of the Rhodnius Genus (Hemiptera, Triatominae): What We Learn From Mito-Nuclear Conflicts and Recommendations. Biology, Systematics, Taxonomy, and Evolution of Insect Vectors.

Marchant, A., Mougel, F., Jacquin-Joly, E., Almeida, C. E., Blanchet, D., Bérenger, J. M., … & Harry, M. (2021). Chemosensory gene expression for two close relative species Rhodnius robustus and prolixus (Hemiptera, Reduviidade, Triatominae) vectors of Chagas disease. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 639.

Benoist, C. Capdevielle-Dulac, C. Chantre, R. Jeannette, P.-A. Calatayud, J.-M. Drezen, S. Dupas, A. Le Rouzic, B. Le Ru, L. Moreau, E. Van Dijk, L. Kaiser, F. Mougel (2020) Quantitative Trait Loci involved in the reproductive success of a parasitoid wasp. Molecular Ecology. DOI:10.1111/mec.15567

Alford, P. Louâpre, F. Mougel, J. van Baaren (2020) Measuring the evolutionary potential of a winter-active parasitic wasp to climate change. Oecologia. In press

Benoist, S. Paquet, F. Decourcelle, J. Guez, R. Jeannette, P.-A. Calatayud, B. Le Ru, F. Mougel, L. Kaiser (2020) Role of egg-laying behavior, virulence and local adaptation in a parasitoid’s chances of reproducing in a new host. Journal of Insect Physiology, 120, 103987. DOI:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2019.103987.

Benoist, R., C. Chantre, C. Capdevielle-Dulac, M. Bodet, F. Mougel, P. A. Calatayud, S. Dupas, E. Huguet, R. Jeannette, J. Obonyo, C. Odorico, J. F. Silvain, B. Le Ru & L. Kaiser (2017) Relationship between oviposition, virulence gene expression and parasitism success in Cotesia typhae nov sp parasitoid strains. Genetica, 145, 469-479. 10.1007/s10709-017-9987-5.

A. Marchant, F. Mougel, E. Jacquin-Joly, J. Costa, C. E. Almeida, M. Harry (2016) Under-Expression of Chemosensory Genes in Domiciliary Bugs of the Chagas Disease Vector Triatoma brasiliensis. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0005067

A. Marchant, F. Mougel, V. Mendonça, M. Quartier, E. Jacquin-Joly, J.A. da Rosa, E. Petit, M. Harry (2016) Comparing de novo and reference-based transcriptome assembly strategies by applying them to the blood-sucking bug Rhodnius prolixus. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  69 : 25–33. DOI 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.05.009

A. Marchant, F. Mougel, V. Mendonça, M. Quartier, E. Jacquin-Joly, J.A. da Rosa, E. Petit, M. Harry (2015) Comparing de novo and reference-based transcriptome assembly strategies by applying them to the blood-sucking bug Rhodnius prolixus. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  DOI 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.05.009

M. Arca, F. Mougel, T. Guillemaud, S. Dupas, Q. Rome,  A. Perrard, F. Muller, A. Fossoud, C. Capdevielle-Dulac, M. Torres-Leguizamon, X. X. Chen, J. L. Tan, C. Jung, C. Villemant, G. Arnold, J.-F. Silvain (2015) Reconstructing the invasion and the demographic history of the yellow-legged hornet, Vespa velutina, in Europe. Biol Invasions. DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-0880-9

A. Marchant, F. Mougel , C. Almeida, E. Jacquin-Joly, J. Costa, M. Harry (2015) De novo transcriptome assembly for a non-model species, the blood‐sucking bug Triatoma brasiliensis, a vector of Chagas disease. Genetica 143:225–239. DOI 10.1007/s10709-014-9790-5.

B. Bertrand, M. Alburaki, H. Legout, S. Moulin, F. Mougel, L. Garnery (2014) MtDNA COI-COII marker and drone congregation area: An efficient method to establish and monitor honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) conservation centres. Molecular Ecology Resources. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12339ISTEX

M. Arca,  A. Papachristoforou, F. Mougel, A. Rortais, K. Monceau, O. Bonnard, P. Tardy, D. Thiéry, J.-F. Silvain, G. Arnold (2014) Defensive behaviour of Apis mellifera against Vespa velutina in France: Testing whether European honeybees can develop an effective collective defence against a new predator. Behavioural Processes 106: 122–129. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2014.05.002

Mougel F., Poursat M.-A., Beaume N., Vautrin D., Solignac M. (2014) High-resolution linkage map for two honeybee chromosomes: the hotspot quest. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 289 (1) : 11 – 24. DOI 10.1007/s00438-013-0784-2

K Monceau, M Arca, L Leprêtre, F Mougel, O Bonnard, JF Silvain, N Maher, G Arnold, D Thiéry (2013). Native prey and invasive predator patterns of foraging activity: The case of the Yellow-Legged Hornet predation at European Honeybee hives. In PLoS ONE 8(6): e66492. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066492

N Bessoltane, C Toffano-Nioche, M Solignac, F Mougel (2012) Fine Scale Analysis of Crossover and Non-Crossover and Detection of Recombination Sequence Motifs in the Honeybee (Apis mellifera). In PLoS ONE 7(5): e36229. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036229

M Arca, C Capdevielle-Dulac, C Villemant, F Mougel, G Arnold, J-F Silvain (2012) Development of microsatellite markers for the yellow-legged Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, a major threat for European bees. In Conservation Genetics Resources 4: 283-286.

F Mougel, M Solignac, D Vautrin, E Baudry, J Ogden, A Tchapla, H Schweitz, H Gilbert (2012) Quantitative traits loci (QTL) involved in body colour, wing morphometry, cuticular hydrocarbons and venom components in honeybee, 162-181. In Apidologie 43 (2).

M Solignac, F Mougel, D Vautrin, M Monnerot, J M Cornuet (2007) A third-generation microsatellite-based linkage map of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, and its comparison with the sequence-based physical map, R66. In Genome Biol 8 (4).

M Solignac, L Zhang, F Mougel, B Li, D Vautrin, M Monnerot, J M Cornuet, K C Worley, G M Weinstock, R A Gibbs (2007) The genome of Apis mellifera: dialog between linkage mapping and sequence assembly, 403. In Genome Biol 8 (3).

M Beye, I Gattermeier, M Hasselmann, T Gempe, M Schioett, J F Baines, D Schlipalius, F Mougel, C Emore, O Rueppell, A Sirvio, E Guzman-Novoa, G Hunt, M Solignac, R E Page Jr. (2006) Exceptionally high levels of recombination across the honey bee genome, 1339-1344. In Genome Res 16 (11).

Honeybee Genome Sequencing Consortium (2006) Insights into social insects from the genome of the honeybee Apis mellifera, 931-949. In Nature 443 (7114).

M Solignac, D Vautrin, E Baudry, F Mougel, A Loiseau, J M Cornuet (2004) A microsatellite-based linkage map of the honeybee, Apis mellifera L, 253-262. In Genetics 167 (1).

F Mougel, C Manichanh, G Duchateau N’guyen, M Termier (2004) Genomic choice of codons in 16 microbial species., 315-329. In Journal of biomolecular structure dynamics 22 (3).

E Baudry, P Kryger, M Allsopp, N Koeniger, D Vautrin, F Mougel, J M Cornuet, M Solignac (2004) Whole-genome scan in thelytokous-laying workers of the Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis): central fusion, reduced recombination rates and centromere mapping using half-tetrad analysis, 243-252. In Genetics 167 (1).

M Solignac, D Vautrin, A Loiseau, F Mougel, E Baudry, A Estoup, L Garnery, M Haberl, J.-M. Cornuet (2003) Five hundred and fifty microsatellite markers for the study of the honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) genome, 307-311. In Mol Ecol Notes.

G Queney, N Ferrand, S Weiss, F Mougel, M Monnerot (2001) Stationary distributions of microsatellite loci between divergent population groups of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)., 2169-2178. In Molecular Biology and Evolution 18 (12).

N Ferrand, M Azevedo, F Mougel (2000) A diallelic short tandem repeat (CCCCG)4 or 5, located in intron 1 of rabbit alpha-globin gene., 74-75. In Animal Genetics 31 (1).

G Queney, N Ferrand, S Marchandeau, M Azevedo, F Mougel, M Branco, M Monnerot (2000) Absence of a genetic bottleneck in a wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) population exposed to a severe viral epizootic., 1253-1264. In Molecular Ecology 9 (9).

W Van Der Loo, F Mougel, M S Sánchez, C Bouton, E Castien, A Fonseca, N Ferrand, R Soriguer, M Monnerot (1999) Cytonuclear disequilibria in wild populations of rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.) suggest unequal allele turnover rates at the b locus (IGKC1)., 629-643. In Immunogenetics 49 (7-8).

W Van Der Loo, F Mougel, C Bouton, M S Sanchez, M Monnerot (1999) The allotypic patchwork pattern of the rabbit IGKC1 allele b5wf: genic exchange or common ancestry?, 7-14. In Immunogenetics 49 (1).

F Mougel, J C Mounolou, M Monnerot (1997) Nine polymorphic microsatellite loci in the rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus., 58-59. In Animal Genetics 28 (1).

W Van Der Loo, C E Bouton, M Sanchez, F Mougel, E Castién, R Hamers, M Monnerot (1995) Characterization and DNA sequence of the b6w2 allotype of the rabbit immunoglobulin kappa 1 light chain (b locus)., 333-341. In Immunogenetics 42 (5).

Monique Monnerot, J D Vigne, Christophe Biju-DuvaL, D Casane, C Callou, C Hardy, F Mougel, Ramon C Soriguer, Nicole Dennebouy, Jean-Claude Mounolou (1994) Rabbit and man: genetic and historic approach, 167s-182s. In Genetics Selection Evolution 26 (1).

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