RODE Nicolas
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Nicolas RODE

Chargé de recherche, INRAE


Responsabilité(s) collective(s)
Co-organisateur des Séminaires d’Écologie et d’Évolution de Montpellier

As an evolutionary geneticist, I aim to better understand the biology, ecology and evolution of insect pests. I mostly study evolution over short time scales in natural populations and genetic conflicts (including their application for the control of natural populations using Wolbachia or gene drives). Hopefully, this knowledge will contribute to reduce pesticide use and to develop alternative strategies for pest control.

Using the invasive pest, Drosophila suzukii, my current projects focus on:

  • the tripartite interaction insect-fruit-microbiota;
  • Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility;
  • characterization and fitness effects of a large chromosomal inversion that segregate in natural populations;
  • experimental adaptation of D. suzukii to different fruits (100+ generations).


I am also active in the DrosEU consortium (


ANR ADAGIO (2023-2026)
FEDER FSE+ (2023-2026)
MSCA4Ukraine to S. Serga (2023-2025)

Looking for an internship, PhD, or postdoc? Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss possible internships, PhDs, or postdocs, if you are interested in the research topics mentioned above (or related ones).


Mots-clés : local adaptation, life-history trait evolution, microbiota, Wolbachia, gene drives, Drosophila suzukii.

Dernières publications
Olazcuaga* L., Guilhot R., Claret J.L. & Rode N.O. 2023. Inorganic phosphate content does not affect oviposition preference in the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii. Journal of Applied Entomology 147 : 432-437. (
Olazcuaga* L., Foucaud J., Deschamps C., Loiseau A., Claret J.-L., Vedovato R., Guilhot* R., Sevely C., Gautier M., Hufbauer R.A., Rode N.O. & Estoup A. 2022. Rapid and transient evolution of local adaptation to seasonal host fruits in an invasive pest fly. Evolution Letters 6 : 490-505. (
Rode N.O., Jabbour-Zahab R., Boyer L., Flaven É., Hontoria F., Stappen G.V., Dufresne F., Haag C. & Lenormand T. 2022. The origin of asexual brine shrimps. The American Naturalist 200 : E52-E76. (
Ulmer R., Couty A., Eslin P., Catterou M., Baliteau L., Bonis A., Borowiec N., Colinet H., Delbac L., Dubois F., Estoup A., Froissard J., Gallet‐Moron E., Gard B., Georges R., Gibert P., Le Goff I., Lemauviel‐Lavenant S., Loucougaray G., Michelot‐Antalik A., Odoux J.F., Pincebourde S., Rode N.O., Thaon M., Till‐Bottraud I. & Chabrerie O. 2022. Macroecological patterns of fruit infestation rates by the invasive fly Drosophila suzukii in the wild reservoir host plant Sambucus nigra. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 24 : 548-563. (
Olazcuaga* L., Foucaud J., Gautier M., Deschamps C., Loiseau A., Leménager N., Facon B., Ravigné V., Hufbauer R.A., Estoup A. & Rode N.O. 2021. Adaptation and correlated fitness responses over two time scales in Drosophila suzukii populations evolving in different environments. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 34 : 1225-1240. (
Angell C.S., Oudin M.J., Rode N.O., Mautz B.S., Bonduriansky R. & Rundle H.D. 2020. Development time mediates the effect of larval diet on ageing and mating success of male antler flies in the wild. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287 : 20201876. (
Rode N.O., Courtier-Orgogozo V. & Débarre F. 2020. Can a population targeted by a CRISPR-based homing gene drive be rescued?. G3: Genes Genomes Genetics 10 : 3403-3415. (