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Flore Zélé



My research interests lie within eco-evolutionary biology of species interactions, especially host-symbiont interactions, symbiont-symbiont competition or facilitation, and host reproductive interactions. I aim at addressing several issues such as (i) host adaptation to symbiont-induced reproductive manipulations; (ii) the role played by symbionts in host speciation and reproductive interference; (iii) how eco-evolutionary feedbacks resulting from the interplay between reproductive and competitive interactions may facilitate the evolution of reproductive barriers and drive species coexistence.
Mes recherches concernent principalement l'écologie évolutive des interactions entre espèces, telles que les interactions hôtes-symbiotes, la compétition ou la facilitation entre symbiotes, ainsi que les interactions reproductives entre hôtes. En particulier, je cherche à comprendre : (i) l'adaptation de l'hôte aux manipulations reproductives induites par des symbiotes; (ii) l'impact des symbiotes sur l'interférence reproductive entre hôtes et leur rôle dans les processus de spéciation; (iii) comment les rétroactions éco-évolutives résultant des interactions reproductives et compétitives affectent l'évolution des barrières reproductives et la coexistence entre espèces proches.


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No evidence for the evolution of mating behavior in spider mites due to Wolbachia ‐induced cytoplasmic incompatibility

Leonor R Rodrigues , Flore Zélé , Inês Santos , Sara Magalhães
Evolution - International Journal of Organic Evolution, 2022, 76 (3), pp.623-635. ⟨10.1111/evo.14429⟩
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Wolbachia and host intrinsic reproductive barriers contribute additively to postmating isolation in spider mites

Miguel A. Cruz , Sara Magalhães , Élio Sucena , Flore Zélé
Evolution - International Journal of Organic Evolution, 2021, 75 (8), pp.2085-2101. ⟨10.1111/evo.14286⟩
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Creating outbred and inbred populations in haplodiploids to measure adaptive responses in the laboratory

Diogo P. Godinho , Miguel A. Cruz , Maud Charlery de La Masselière , Jéssica Teodoro‐paulo , Cátia Eira et al.
Ecology and Evolution, 2020, 10 (14), pp.7291-7305. ⟨10.1002/ece3.6454⟩
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Inter‐ and intraspecific variation of spider mite susceptibility to fungal infections: Implications for the long‐term success of biological control

Flore Zélé , Mustafa Altintaş , Inês Santos , Ibrahim Cakmak , Sara Magalhães et al.
Ecology and Evolution, 2020, 10 (7), pp.3209-3221. ⟨10.1002/ece3.5958⟩
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Endosymbiont diversity in natural populations of Tetranychus mites is rapidly lost under laboratory conditions

Flore Zélé , Inês Santos , Margarida Matos , Mylène Weill , Fabrice Vavre et al.
Heredity, 2020, 124 (4), pp.603-617. ⟨10.1038/s41437-020-0297-9⟩
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Population‐specific effect of Wolbachia on the cost of fungal infection in spider mites

Flore Zélé , Mustafa Altintaş , Inês Santos , Ibrahim Cakmak , Sara Magalhães et al.
Ecology and Evolution, 2020, 10 (9), pp.3868-3880. ⟨10.1002/ece3.6015⟩
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Rapid host-plant adaptation in the herbivorous spider mite Tetranychus urticae occurs at low cost

Vitor Sousa , Flore Zélé , Leonor R. Rodrigues , Diogo P. Godinho , Maud Charlery de La Masselière et al.
Current Opinion in Insect Science, 2019, 36, pp.82-89. ⟨10.1016/j.cois.2019.08.006⟩
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Spider mites escape bacterial infection by avoiding contaminated food

Flore Zélé , Gonçalo Santos-Matos , Alexandre R. T. Figueiredo , Cátia Eira , Catarina Pinto et al.
Oecologia, 2019, 189 (1), pp.111-122. ⟨10.1007/s00442-018-4316-y⟩
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Endosymbiont diversity and prevalence in herbivorous spider mite populations in South-Western Europe

Flore Zélé , Inês Santos , Isabelle Olivieri , Mylene Weill , Olivier Duron et al.
FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 2018, 94 (4), ⟨10.1093/femsec/fiy015⟩
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Wolbachia both aids and hampers the performance of spider mites on different host plants

Flore Zélé , Joaquim L. Santos , Diogo P. Godinho , Sara Magalhães
FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 2018, 94 (12), ⟨10.1093/femsec/fiy187⟩
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Identification of spider-mite species and their endosymbionts using multiplex PCR

Flore Zélé , Mylene Weill , Sara Magalhães
Experimental and Applied Acarology, 2018, 74 (2), pp.123-138. ⟨10.1007/s10493-018-0224-4⟩
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Ecology and evolution of facilitation among symbionts

Flore Zélé , Sara Magalhães , Sonia Kéfi , Alison Duncan
Nature Communications, 2018, 9 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41467-018-06779-w⟩
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Can Wolbachia modulate the fecundity costs of Plasmodium in mosquitoes?

F. Zele , J Denoyelle , O. Duron , Ana R Rivero
Parasitology, 2018, 145 (6), pp.775-782. ⟨10.1017/S0031182017001330⟩
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Tetranychus urticae mites do not mount an induced immune response against bacteria

Gonçalo Santos-Matos , Nicky Wybouw , Nelson E. Martins , Flore Zélé , Maria Riga et al.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2017, 284 (1856), pp.20170401. ⟨10.1098/rspb.2017.0401⟩
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Avian malaria: a new lease of life for an old experimental model to study the evolutionary ecology of Plasmodium

Romain Pigeault , Julien Vézilier , Stéphane Cornet , Flore Zélé , Antoine Nicot et al.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2015, 370 (1675), pp.20140300. ⟨10.1098/rstb.2014.0300⟩
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Dynamics of prevalence and diversity of avian malaria infections in wild Culex pipiens mosquitoes: the effects of Wolbachia, filarial nematodes and insecticide resistance

Flore Zélé , Juilen Vézilier , Gregory L’ambert , Antoine Nicot , Sylvain Gandon et al.
Parasites & Vectors, 2014, 7 (1), pp.437. ⟨10.1186/1756-3305-7-437⟩
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Wolbachia increases susceptibility to Plasmodium infection in a natural system

F. Zele , A. Nicot , A. Berthomieu , Mylène Weill , O. Duron et al.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2014, 281 (1779), pp.20132837. ⟨10.1098/rspb.2013.2837⟩
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Infection with Wolbachia protects mosquitoes against Plasmodium-induced mortality in a natural system

F. Zele , A. Nicot , O. Duron , Ana R Rivero
Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2012, 25 (7), pp.1243-1252. ⟨10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02519.x⟩
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Rapid evolution of parasitoids when faced with the symbiont-mediated resistance of their hosts

Emilie Dion , Flore Zélé , Jean-Christophe Simon , Yannick Outreman
Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2011, 24 (4), pp.741-750. ⟨10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02207.x⟩
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