An international consortium on genomics-assisted insect pheromone identification


Funding period: 2020-2024
Lead: Daniel Doucet
Total GRDI funding: $176,000

The detection of Forest Invasive Alien Species (FIAS) insects is an essential aspect of their integrated management. One of the most commonly used strategy is in the deployment of traps baited with volatile compound blends attractive to adult insects. This project uses a genomics-based strategy to link insect pest sensory genes to their specific ligands, in order to accelerate the discovery and deployment of new attractants or blends. This project's objectives are: 1) the annotation of sensory gene families from FIAS insect species; 2) the establishment of a multi-user, applied sensory genomics platform; 3) the development of novel molecular methods for the discovery of behaviorally-active compounds and; 4) the facilitation of international cooperation in insect sensory genomics and chemical ecology. Expected benefits include the faster development of effective attractants against FIAS and therefore a more rapid reaction time in terms of forest pest management.


  • Olatinwo RO, Schowalter TD, Doucet D, Bowman S, Johnson WC, Allison JD. 2020. Intergenic spacer single nucleotide polymorphisms for genotyping Amylostereum areolatum (Russulales: Amylostereacea) symbionts of native and non-native Sirex species. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 113(4): 280-287.
  • Torson AS, Des Marteaux LE, Bowman S, Zhang ML, Ong K, Doucet D, Sinclair BJ, Roe AD. 2020. Dissection of Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) larval tissues for physiological and molecular studies. The Canadian Entomologist, 152(3): 399-409.
  • Torson AS, Zhang ML, Smith AJ, Mohammad L, Ong K, Doucet D, Roe AD, Sinclair BJ. 2020. Dormancy in laboratory-reared Asian longhorned beetles, Anoplophora glabripennis. Journal of Insect Physiology. 130:104179.
  • Torson AS, Zhang ML, Ong K, Mohammad L, Smith AJ, Doucet D, Roe AD, Sinclair BJ. 2021. Cold tolerance of laboratory-reared Asian longhorned beetles. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology. 257:110957.

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