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Anton Sylvia

Anton Sylvia
Team: Ecology and Genetics of Insects

Phone: (+33) 2 41 22 56 55

Contact address

UMR 1349 Institut de Génétique, Environnement et Protection des Plantes (IGEPP)
Agrocampus Ouest
2, rue Le Nôtre
49045 Angers cedex 01

Research Interests

My research interest is focused on the neuroethology of olfactory-guided behaviour in insects. In the past I have mainly worked on the plasticity of the olfactory system in moths using behavioural, neuroanatomical and neurophysiological approaches. How does the olfactory system deal with incoming information as a function of physiological state, the odorant environment or previous experience?

In the IGEPP-EGI group I will use my experience in this field to study olfactory plasticity in aphids, cabbage flies and parasitoïds.


  • Since 2017 - Senior Research Scientist INRA Rennes/Agrocampus Ouest Angers
  • 2011 - 2016 - Senior Research Scientist and team leader INRA Angers/ Angers University, France
  • 2009 - 2011 - Head of Department (Insect Physiology) INRA Versailles, France
  • 2005 - 2011 - Senior Research Scientist and team leader INRA Versailles, France
  • 2003 - 2004 - Guest Researcher INRA Bordeaux, France
  • 2001 - 2002 - Research Scientist Swedish Agricultural University, Alnarp, Sweden
  • 1996 - 2001 - Assistant Professor Department Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
  • 1993 - 1995 - post doc Department Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
  • 1992 - PhD Department of Zoology, University of Vienna, Austria

Selected publications

Renou M, Anton S (2020) Insect olfactory communication in a complex and changing world. Curr Opin Insect Sci 42.

Gadenne C, Groh C, Grübel K, Joschinski J, Krauss J, Krieger J, Rössler W, Anton S (2019) Neuroanatomical correlates of mobility: Sensory brain centres are bigger in winged than in wingless parthenogenetic pea aphid females. Arthropod Struct Dev. 52.

Luquet M, Tritto O, Cortesero AM, Jaloux, B, Anton, S (2019) Early Olfactory Environment Influences Antennal Sensitivity and Choice of the Host-Plant Complex in a Parasitoid Wasp. Insects 10:127–13.

Warneys R, Gaucher M, Robert P, Aligon S, Anton S, Aubourg S, Barthes N, Braud F, Cournol R, Gadenne C, Heintz C, Brisset M-N, Degrave A (2018) Acibenzolar-S-methyl reprograms apple transcriptome towards resistance to rosy apple aphid. Frontiers Plant Sci. 9:803.

Dupuy F, Rouyar A, Deisig N, Bourgeois T, Limousin D, Wycke MA, Anton S, Renou M (2017) A background of a volatile plant compound alters neural and behavioral responses to the sex pheromone blend in a moth. Frontiers Physiol, 8.

Rabhi K, Deisig N, Demondion E, Le Corre J, Robert G, Tricoire-Leignel H., Lucas P, Gadenne P, Anton S (2016) Low doses of a neonicotinoid insecticide modify pheromone response thresholds of central but not peripheral olfactory neurons in a pest insect. Proc R Soc London B, 283:1824

Gadenne C, Barrozo RB, Anton S (2016) Plasticity of olfaction in insects : to smell or not to smell. Annu Rev Entomol 61:317-333

Anderson P, Anton S (2014) Experience-based modulation of behavioural responses to plant volatiles and other sensory cues in insect herbivores. Plant Cell Environ 37:1826-1835

Abrieux A, Duportets, L, Debernard S, Gadenne C, Anton S (2014) The GPCR membrane receptor, DopEcR, mediates the actions of both dopamine and ecdysone to control sex pheromone perception in an insect. Frontiers Behav Neurosci 8:1-9

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 non-specific general sensitization in an insect. PLoS One 7:e34141

Anton S, Evengaard K, Barrozo RB, Anderson P, Skals N (2011) Brief predator sound exposure elicits behavioral and neuronal long-term sensitization in the olfactory system of an insect. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108:3401-3405

Kollmann M, Minoli S, Bonhomme J, Homberg U, Schachtner J, Tagu D, Anton S (2011) Revisiting the anatomy of the central nervous system of a hemimetabolous model species: the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. Cell Tissue Res 343:343-355

Barrozo RB, Gadenne C, Anton S (2010) Switching attraction to inhibition: mating-induced reversed role of sex pheromone in an insect. J Exp Biol, 213:2933-2939

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