Frédéric, Marion-Poll


Professeur AgroParisTech

Sujet de recherches: Physiologie du système gustatif chez les insectes

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Thèmes de Recherche

Les insectes utilisent leurs neurones gustatifs afin de prédire la valeur nutritive ou toxique des aliments. Ils les utilisent également pour détecter des molécules liées à la communication sociale, sexuelle ou interspécifique.

Je m’intéresse au fonctionnement de ces neurones, et à l’évolution des récepteurs gustatifs et olfactifs en tant que facteurs d’adaptation à l’environnement.  Nous développons des approches (électrophysiologiques, comportementales, génétiques) qui nous permettent de caractériser la spécificité et la sensibilité de ces récepteurs à différents ligands. Plus généralement, je m’intéresse aux mécanismes évolutifs qui permettent une convergence entre la valeur adaptative des molécules et leur perception sensorielle.

Ces recherches ont des applications en protection des cultures (recherche de substances aversives contre les insectes, pièges alimentaires ou phéromonaux) et en élevage d’insectes pour l’alimentation (adaptation des insectes aux ressources biologiques disponibles).


  • Jeremy Guillaume (Thèse CIFFRE)




  • 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)
    • Ovide Nuambote (coPI: Paul-André Calatayud)
  • 2018
    • Claudia Steiner (postdoc BACNEURODRO)
    • 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)



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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