Fotograaf: Fotini Koutroumpa

mw. F. (Fotini) Koutroumpa PhD

  • Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica
  • Bezoekadres
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: C3.205
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  94248
    1090 GE  Amsterdam

I am interested in insect biology and ecology, with focus on their evolution and speciation. I especially try to explore these aspects using the chemical communication system of insects. Polymorphism of any kind in communication can be an important prezygotic barrier leading to speciation. Therefore the last six years of my research I focus on moths’ olfaction and sexual recognition via the pheromones. I use molecular, physiological and behavioral tools to study the genes involved in moths’ sexual communication, the circuitry of their sensory system and finally their behavioral response to different chemical signals.

During the next two years I will be working as a postdoctoral fellow of the Marie Curie Skłodowska actions Horizon 2020, at Astrid Groot's group at the IBED of the UvA. My model species will be the European Corn Borer, Ostrinia nubilalis. I aim to characterize a candidate gene that we have evidenced during our previous work to be the gene responsible for the male differential response to the female (also differential) pheromone production and therefore would be responsible for the pheromonal dimorphism with its separation in two pheromonal strains. As sex pheromones are increasingly used in green management of pests, understanding the dynamics of the system is of fundamental importance in application of environmentally safe plant protection strategies.


Scientific papers


  1. F. A. Koutroumpa, A. T. Groot, T. Dekker, D. G. Heckel (2016) "Genetic mapping of male pheromone response in the European corn borer identifies candidate genes regulating neurogenesis". Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. doi/10.1073/pnas.1610515113
  2. F. A. Koutroumpa, C. Monsempes, Marie-Christine François, Anne de Cian, Corinne Royer, Jean-Paul Concordet, E. Jacquin-Joly (2016) "Heritable genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9 induces anosmia in a crop pest moth". Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep29620
  3. J. Haran, F. A. Koutroumpa, E. Magnoux, A. Roques, G. Roux-Morabito (2015) “Ghost mtDNA haplotypes generated by cryptic NUMTs can deeply disturb infraspecific genetic diversity and phylogeographic pattern”. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12095
  4. F. A. Koutroumpa, Z. Karpati, C. Monsempes, S.R. Hill, B.S. Hansson, E. Jacquin-Joly, J. Krieger, T. Dekker (2014) “Shifts in sensory neuron identity parallel differences in pheromone preference in the European corn borer”. Frontiers in Chemical Ecology and Evolution. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2014.00065
  5. F. A. Koutroumpa and E. Jacquin-Joly (2014) “Sex in the night: fatty acid-derived sex pheromone and corresponding membrane pheromone receptors in insects”. Biochimie. DOI: 10.1016/j.biochi.2014.07.018.
  6. F. A. Koutroumpa, D. Rougon, C. Bertheau, F. Lieutier, G. Roux-Morabito (2013) “Evolutionary relationships within European Monochamus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) highlight the role of altitude in species delineation”. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.109, p. 354-376. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12042.
  7. F. A. Koutroumpa, A. Sallé, F. Lieutier, G. Roux-Morabito (2009) “Feeding and oviposition preferences of Monochamus galloprovincialis on its main hosts Pinus sylvestris and P. pinaster”. Entomologia Hellenica 18, p. 35-46.
  8. F. A. Koutroumpa, F-X. Saintonge, G. Roux Morabito, D. Rougon (2008) “Aperçu de la biodiversité des coléoptères dans les pinèdes de plaines françaises”. Les Cahiers du DSF (La Santé des Forêts, France Juin 2008).
  9. F. A. Koutroumpa, F. Lieutier, G. Roux- Morabito (2008) “Incorporation of mitochondrial fragments in the nuclear genome (Numts) of the longhorned beetle Monochamus galloprovincialis (Coleoptera Cerambycidae)”. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 47, p.141-148. DOI: http://10.1111/j.1439-0469.2008.00492.x.
  10. F. A. Koutroumpa, B. Vincent, G. Roux Morabito, C. Martin, F. Lieutier (2008) “Fecundity and larval development of Monochamus galloprovincialis (Coleoptera Cerambycidae) in experimental breeding”. Annals of Forest Science. 65: 707. DOI: 10.1051/forest:2008056.
  11. B. Vincent, F. Koutroumpa, V. Altemayer, G. Roux-Morabito, J. Gevar, C. Martin and F. Lieutier (2008) “Occurrence of Bursaphelenchus mucronatus (Nematoda; Aphelenchoididae) in France and association with Monochamus galloprovincialis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)”. Annals of Forest Science. 65: 111. DOI: 10.1051/forest:2007083


Scientific books

1)      Lopez-Vaamonde C. et al. (2010) “Arthropod invasions in Europe” CHAPTER 11: Lepidoptera. In: Roques A et al. (Eds) BioRisk 4 (2): pp.603-668.


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