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E.C.E. (Elise) Fruitet MSc

Guest Researcher
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research

    I started my PhD, supervised by Astrid T. Groot and David G. Heckel, in march 2018. My project is funded by the IMPRS at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Amsterdam.

    My research focuses on the evolution of sex pheromone signal in Heliothine moth, more specifically on acetate esters variation in Heliothis sublfexa. A part of my project aims to better understand the genetic basis of acetates production. In this order, I'm tring to functionally characterize candidate genes that were identified with QTL analysis, by using CRISPR-cas9. Moreover, I also investigate whether acetates are costly to produce by conducting trade-off experiments on experimental lines, we selected to produce either high or low level of acetates. 

  • Publications


    • Blankers, T., Fruitet, E., Burdfield Steel, E. R., & Groot, A. T. (2022). Experimental evolution of a pheromone signal. Ecology and Evolution, 12(5), [e8941].


    • Blankers-, T., Burdfield Steel, E. R., Fruitet, E. C. E., & Groot, A. T. (2019). Evolution of sex pheromone communication in response to artificial selection. Poster session presented at Netherlands Society for Evolutionary Biology, Ede, Netherlands.
    • Burdfield Steel, E. R., Blankers-, T., Fruitet, E. C. E., & Groot, A. T. (2019). Coping with change – how can chemical communication systems overcome disruptions?.
    • Fruitet, E. C. E., Blankers-, T., Burdfield Steel, E. R., Heckel, D. G., & Groot, A. T. (2019). How costly it is to be sexy?. Poster session presented at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Symposium, .
    • Fruitet, E. C. E., de Fouchier, A. J. L., Heckel, D. G., & Groot, A. T. (2019). Functional analyses on candidate genes of a dual-function moth sex pheromone. Poster session presented at IMPRS symposium, .

    Talk / presentation

    • Blankers-, T. (speaker), Fruitet, E. (speaker), Burdfield Steel, E. (speaker) & Groot, A. (speaker) (21-6-2021). The selection response of a multicomponent sexual signal, Virtual Evolution 2021.
    • Blankers-, T. (speaker), Groot, A. (speaker), Fruitet, E. (speaker), Burdfield Steel, E. (speaker) & Lievers, R. (speaker) (19-1-2021). Plasticity, variation, and constraint in sex pheromone signals, Netherlands Society for Evolutionary Biology 2021.
    • Blankers-, T. (speaker), Burdfield Steel, E. (speaker), Fruitet, E. (speaker) & Groot, A. (speaker) (13-12-2019). The evolution of sex pheromones, NEV Nederlandse Entomologendag.
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