Trophic interactions, parasitism, biological control

Full professor
Department of biological sciences - University of Montreal


Our research is mainly integrated within the ecology and environment axis of the Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale. The work is based on several biological models and is carried out in the laboratory, in greenhouses, in agricultural fields, but preferably in a natural environment.

Keywords: Plant-insect-natural enemy relationships • Biological control


Research professionals
Josée Doyon

Ph.D. students
Mathilde Gaudreau, co-supervised with Paul Abram - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

M.Sc. students
Natali Demers
Jules Dumotier


BIO-3790: Parasitisme
BIO-6875: Principes de lutte biologique

Book chapters

  • Brodeur, J. et R. Messing (édit.). 2018. Biological control: Achievements and opportunity, BioControl, volume 63: 167 pages.
  • Barratt, B.I.P., P.G. Mason, M.J.W. Cock, J. Klapwijk, J.C. van Lenteren, J. Brodeur, K.A. Hoelmer et G.E. Heimpel. 2017. Access and benefit sharing: Best practices for the use and exchange of invertebrate biological control agents. In Mason, P.G., D.R. Gillespie et C. Vincent (édit.). Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods. CAB International: 71-74.
  • Brodeur, J., A.E. Hajek, G.E. Heimpel, J.J. Sloggett, M. Mackauer, J.K. Pell et W. Völkl. 2017. Predators, parasitoids and pathogens. In van Emden, H.F. et R. Harrington (édit.). Aphids as Crop Pests. CAB international, 2e édition, chapitre 11: 225-261.
  • Brodeur, J. 2017. « Foreword ». In Heimpel, G. et R. Mills (édit.). Biological Control, Cambridge University Press, avant-propos : 1-2.
  • Brodeur, J., A.E. Hajek, G. Heimpel, J.J. Sloggett, M. Mackauer, J.K. Pell & W. Völkl. 2015. Predators, parasitoids and pathogens. InAphids as Crop Pests, 2nd Edition (H. van Emden & R. Harrington, Éditeurs). CAB International. (sous presse)

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Messing, R. et J. Brodeur. 2018. Current challenges to the implementation of classical biological control. BioControl, 63 (1): 1-9.
  • Mason, P.G., M.J.W. Cock, B.I.P. Barratt, J.N. Klapwijk, J.C. van Lenteren, J. Brodeur, K.A. Hoelmer et G.E. Heimpel. 2018. Best practices for the use and exchange of invertebrate biological control genetic resources relevant for food and agriculture. BioControl, 63 (1): 149-154.
  • Leblanc, A. et J. Brodeur. 2018. Estimating parasitoid impact on aphid populations in the field. Biological Control, 119: 32-42.
  • Duval, J.-F., J. Brodeur, J. Doyon et G. Boivin. 2018. Impact of superparasitism time intervals on progeny survival and fitness of an egg parasitoid. Ecological Entomology, 43: 310–317.
  • Sentis, A., J.L. Hemptinne et J. Brodeur. 2017. Non-additive effects of simulated heat waves and predators on prey phenotype and transgenerational phenotypic plasticity. Global Change Biology, 23 (11): 4598-4608.
  • Lin, G., A. Tanguay, C. Guertin, S. Todorova et J. Brodeur. 2017. A new method for loading predatory mites with entomopathogenic fungi for biological control of their prey. Biological Control, 115: 105-111.
  • Gaudreau, M., P.K. Abram et J. Brodeur. 2017. Host egg pigmentation protects developing parasitoids from ultraviolet radiation. Oikos, 126: 1419-1427.
  • Lanouette, G., J. Brodeur, F. Fournier, V. Martel, M. Vreysen, C. Cáceres et A. Firlej. 2017. The sterile insect technique for the management of the spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii: establishing the optimum irradiation dose. PloS One, 12 (9): e0180821.
  • Brodeur, J., P.K. Abram, G.E. Heimpel et R.H. Messing. 2017. Trends in biological control : public interest, international networking and research direction. BioControl, 63: 11-26.
  • Parent, J.P., K. Takasu, J. Brodeur et G. Boivin. 2017. Time perception-based decision making in a parasitoid wasp. Behavioral Ecology, 28 (3): 640-644.
  • Buitenhuis, R., J.A. Harvey, L.E.M. Vet, G. Boivin et J. Brodeur. 2017. Comparing and contrasting life history variation in four aphid hyperparasitoids. Ecological Entomology, 42: 325-335.
  • Abram, P.K., G. Boivin, J. Moiroux et J. Brodeur. 2017. Behavioural effects of temperature on ectothermic animals : unifying thermal physiology and behavioural plasticity. Biological Reviews, 92 (4): 1859-1876.
  • Parent, J.-P., J. Brodeur et G. Boivin. 2016. Use of time in a decision-making process by a parasitoid. Ecological Entomology, 41 (6): 727-732.
  • Tougeron, K., C. Le Lann, J. Brodeur et J. van Baaren. 2016. Are aphid parasitoids from mild winter climates losing their winter diapause? Oecologia, 183 : 619-629.
  • Abram, P.K., V. Burté, J. Brodeur & G. Boivin. 2016. Parasitoid-induced host egg abortion: an underappreciated component of biological control services provided by egg parasitoids. Biological Control 98: 52-60.
  • Torres-Campos, I., P.K. Abram, E. Guerra-Grenier, G. Boivin & J. Brodeur. 2016. A scenario for the evolution of selective egg colouration: the roles of enemy-free space, camouflage, thermoregulation, and pigment limitation. Royal Society Open Science 3: 150711.
  • Moiroux, J., P.K. Abram, P. Louâpre, M. Barrette, J. Brodeur & G. Boivin. 2016. Influence of temperature on patch residence time in parasitoids : Physiological and behavioural mechanisms. Science and Nature 103: 32.
  • Maure, F., F. Thomas, J. Doyon & J. Brodeur. 2016. Host nutritional status mediates degree of parasitoid virulence. Oikos 125: 1314-1323.
  • Robert, F.-A., J. Brodeur & G. Boivin. 2016. Patch exploitation by non-aggressive parasitoids under intra- and interspecific competition. Entomologia Experimentalis et Appplicata 159: 92-101.
  • Robert, F.-A., J. Brodeur & G. Boivin. 2016. Patch exploitation strategies of parasitoids under indirect intra- and interspecific competition. Ecological Entomology 41: 590-598
  • Abram, P.K., J.-P. Parent, J. Brodeur & G. Boivin. 2016. Size-induced phenotypic reaction norms in a parasitoid wasp: an examination of life history and behavioural traits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 117: 620-632.
  • Abram, P.K., J. Doyon, J. Brodeur, T. D. Gariépy et G. Boivin. 2015. Susceptibility of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) eggs to different life stages of three generalist predators. The Canadian Entomologist, 147 (2): 222-226.
  • Abram, P.K., E. Jr. Guerra-Grenier, M.-L. Després-Einspenner, S. Ito, K. Wakamatsu, G. Boivin & J. Brodeur. 2015. An insect with selective control of egg coloration. Current Biology 25: 2007-2011.
  • Abram, P.K., J.-P. Parent, J. Brodeur & G. Boivin. 2016. Size-induced phenotypic reaction norms in a parasitoid wasp: an examination of life history and behavioural traits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 117: 620-632
  • Dieni, A., J. Turgeon & J. Brodeur. 2016. Routes of invasion of the lily leaf beetle, Lilioceris lilii in North America. Biological Invasions 18: 31-44
  • Abram, P.K., A. Cusumano, E. Peri, J. Brodeur, G. Boivin & S. Colazza. 2015. Thermal stress affects patch time allocation by preventing forgetting in the parasitoid Trissolcus basalis. Behavioural Ecology 26: 1326-1334
  • Gendron-St-Marseille, A.-F., G. Bélair, J. Brodeur, G. Bourgeois & B. Mimee. 2015. Impact des changements climatiques sur les interactions moléculaires entre le nématode à kyste du soya (Heterodera glycines) et son hôte principal, le soya (Glycine max). Phytoprotection 95: 41-47
  • Lanteigne, M.-P., J. Brodeur & G. Boivin. 2015. Patch experience changes host selection behaviour of the aphid parasitoid Aphidius ervi. Journal of Insect Behavior 28: 436-446
  • Sentis, A., F. Ramon-Portugal, J. Brodeur & J.L. Hemptinne. 2015. The smell of change : warming affects species interactions mediated by chemical information. Global Change Biology 21: 3586–3594.
  • Dumont, F., E. Lucas & J. Brodeur. 2015. Do furtive predators benefit of a selfish herd effect by living within their prey colony? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 971-976.
  • Daoust, S.P., K.C. King, J. Brodeur, B. Roitberg, B. Roche & F. Thomas. 2015. Making the best of a bad situation : host partial resistance and by-pass of behavioural manipulation by parasites? Trends in Parasitology 31: 413-418.
  • Moiroux, J., G. Boivin & J. Brodeur. 2015. Temperature influences host-stage selection in an aphid parasitoid : an evidence for the relative fitness rule. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115: 792-801.
  • Dheilly, N.M., F. Maure, M. Ravallec, R. Galinier, J. Doyon, D. Duval, L. Leger, A.-N. Volkoff, D. Missé, S. Nidelet, V. Demolombe, J. Brodeur, B. Gourbal, F. Thomas & G. Mitta. 2015. Who is the puppet master? Replication of a parasitic wasp-associated virus correlates with host behaviour manipulation. Proceedings of the Royal Socoiety of London B 282: Issue 1803
  • Ducasse, H., A. Arnal, M. Vittecoq, S.P. Daoust, B. Ujvari, C. Jacqueline, P. Ewald, R.A. Gatenby, K.C. King, F. Bonhomme, J. Brodeur, F. Renaud, E. Solary, B. Roche & F. Thomas. 2015. Cancer : an emergent property of disturbed resource rich environments ? Ecology meets personalized medicine. Evolutionary Applications 8: 527-540.
  • Bélanger-Morin, M., C. Hébert, R. Berthiaume, E. Bauce & J. Brodeur. 2015. Short-term impact of partial cutting in boréal balsam fir forst : increases in abundance and species richness of cerambycid and scolytid beetles. Journal of Applied Entomology 139: 553-566.
  • Delisle, J.-F., L. Shipp & J. Brodeur. 2015. Apple pollen as a supplemental food source for the control of western flower thrips by two predatory mites, Amblyseius swirskii and Neoseiulus cucumeris (Acari: Phytoseeiidae) on potted chrysanthemum. Experimental and Applied Acarology 65: 495-509.
  • Delisle, J.-F., J. Brodeur & L. Shipp. 2015. Evaluation of various types of supplemental food for two species of predatory mites, Amblyseius swirskii and Neoseiulus cucumeris (Acari: Phytoseeiidae) on. Experimental and Applied Acarology 65: 483-494.
  • Thomas, F., J. Doyon, E. Elguero, J.-P. Dujardin, J. Brodeur, C. Roucher, V. Robert, D. Missé, M. Raymond & J.F. Trape. 2015. Plasmodium infections and fluctuating asymmetry among children and teenagers from Senegal. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 32: 97-101.
  • Abram, P.K., J. Doyon, J. Brodeur, T. Gariépy & G. Boivin. 2015. Susceptibility of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) eggs to different life stages of three generalist predators. The Canadian Entomologist 147: 222-226.
  • Gariepy, V., G. Boivin & J. Brodeur. 2015. Why two species of parasitoids showed promise in the laboratory but failed to control the soybean aphid under field conditions. Biological Control 80: 1-7.
  • Sentis, A., J.-L. Hemptinne & J. Brodeur. 2014 Toward a mechanistic understanding of temperature and productivity effects on species interaction strength, omnivory and food-web structure. Ecology Letters 17:785-793.
  • Lanteigne, M.-P., J. Brodeur, S. Jenni & G. Boivin. 2014. Partial aphid resistance in lettuce negatively affects parasitoids. Environmental Entomology 43: 1240-1246.
  • Gagnon, A.-È. & J. Brodeur. 2014. Impact of plant architecture and extraguild prey density on intraguild predation in an agroecosystem. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 152: 165-173.
  • Maure, F., F. Thomas, J. Doyon & J. Brodeur. 2014. Host behaviour manipulation as an evolutionary route toward attenuation of parasitoid virulence. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 2871-2875.
  • Abagli, A.Z., T.B.C. Alavo & J. Brodeur. 2014. Microorganismes entomopathogènes, prédateurs et parasites des moustiques: Perspectives pour la lutte raisonnée contre les vecteurs du paludisme en Afrique sub-saharienne. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 8: 340-354.
  • Zhou, Y. P.K. Abram, G. Boivin & J. Brodeur. 2014. Increasing host age does not have the expected negative effects on fitness parameters of an egg parasitoid. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 151: 106-111.
  • Moiroux, J., J. Brodeur & G. Boivin. 2014. Sex ratio variations with temperature in an egg parasitoid: behavioural adjustment and physiological constraint. Animal Behaviour 91: 61-66.
  • Abram, P.K., T.D. Gariepy, G. Boivin & J. Brodeur. 2014. An invasive stink bug as an evolutionary trap for an indigenous egg parasitoid. Biological Invasions 16 : 1387-1395.
  • Lepage, M.-P., G. Boivin, J. Brodeur & G. Bourgeois. 2014. Oviposition pattern of early- and late-emerging genotypes of Delia radicum (Diptera : Anthomyiidae) at different temperatures. Environmental Entomology 43 : 178-186.
  • Maure, F., J. Brodeur, N. Ponlet, J. Doyon, A. Firlej, E. Elguero & F. Thomas. 2011. The cost of a bodyguard. Biology Letters (sous presse)
  • Thomas, F., K.D. Lafferty, J. Brodeur, E. Elguero, M. Gauthier-Clerc & D. Missé. 2011. Incidence of adult brain cancers is higher in countries where the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii is common. Biology Letters (sous presse)
  • Gagnon, A.-È., J. Doyon, G. E. Heimpel & J. Brodeur. 2011. Prey DNA detection success following digestion by intraguild predators: influence of prey and predator species. Molecular Ecology Resources (sous presse)
  • Thomas, F., E. Elguero, J. Brodeur, J. Le Goff & D. Missé. 2011. Herpes simplex virus type 2 and cancer: A medical geography approach. Infection Genetics Evolution (sous presse)
  • Boivin, G., T. Hance & J. Brodeur. 2011. Aphid parasitoids in biological control. Canadian Journal of Plant Biology (sous presse)
  • Ragsdale, D. W., D. A. Landis, J. Brodeur, G. E. Heimpel, & N. Desneux. 2011. Ecology and management of the soybean aphid in North America. Annual Review of Entomology 56: 375-399.
  • Thomas, F., R. Poulin & J. Brodeur. 2010. Host manipulation by parasites: a multidimensional phenomenom. Oikos 119: 1217-1223.
  • Wu, G.-M., G. Boivin, J. Brodeur, L.-A. Giraldeau & Y. Outreman. 2010. Altruistic defence behaviours in aphids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 19-29.
  • Cock, M.J.W., J. van Lenteren, J. Brodeur, B. Barratt, F. Bigler, K. Bolckmans, F.L. Consoli, F. Haas, P.G. Mason & J.R.P. Parra. 2010. Do new access and benefit sharing procedures under the Convention on Biological Diversity threaten the future of biological control ? Biocontrol 55: 199-218.
  • Barrette, M., Boivin G., J. Brodeur, & L.-A. Giraldeau. 2010. Travel time affects optimal diets in depleting patches. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64 : 593-598.