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Entomology: Yves Carrière


PhD, Entomology, Simon Fraser University

Current Research Program

Yves Carrière's lab primarily focuses on the study of interactions between insects and transgenic crops; the environmental impacts of transgenic crops; and spatially-explicit IPM and insect ecology. Our research projects are diverse. Examples include assessments of the environmental and population dynamics impacts of Bt crops, development of refuge strategies for managing resistance in pests targeted by Bt cotton and insecticides (e.g., Helicoverpa zea and Bemisia tabaci), and landscape approaches for the management of pest outbreaks and plant virus vectors.

Selected publications

Williams, J. L., C. Ellers-Kirk, R. Orth, A. J. Gassmann, G. Head, B. E. Tabashnik, and Y. Carrière. 2011. Fitness cost of resistance to Bt cotton linked with increased gossypol content in pink bollworm larvae. PLoS ONE. 6(6): e21863. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021863

Ervin, D. E., Y. Carrière, W. J. Cox, J. Fernandez-Cornejo, R. A. Jussaume, M. C. Marra, M. D. K. Owen, P. H. Raven, L. Lareesa Wolfenbarger, and D. Zilberman. 2010. The impact of genetically engineered crops on farm sustainability in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 250p.

Tabashnik B. E., M. S. Sisterson, P. C. Ellsworth, T. J. Dennehy, L. Antilla, L. Liesner, M. Withlow, R. T. Staten, J. A. Fabrick, G. C. Unnithan, A. J. Yelich, C. Ellers-Kirk, V. S. Harpold, X. Li, and Y. Carrière. 2010. Suppressing resistance to Bt cotton with sterile insect release. Nature Biotechnology. 28: 1304-1308.

Heuberger, S., C. Ellers-Kirk, B. E. Tabashnik, and Y. Carrière. 2010. Pollen- and Seed-mediated transgene flow in commercial cotton seed production fields. PloS One. 5: e14128.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014128

Y. Carrière., D. W. Crowder, and B. E. Tabashnik. 2010. Evolutionary ecology of adaptation to Bt crops. Evolutionary Applications. 3: 561-573.

Wolfenbarger L. L., Owen M. D. K., and Y. Carrière. 2010. Environmental opportunities and challenges of genetically-engineered crops. Choices. 2nd Quarter. 25: 2

Crowder, D. W., Horowitz A. R., De Barro P. J., Liu S.-S., Showalter A. M., Kontsedalov S., Khasdan V., Shargal A., Liu J., and Y. Carrière. 2010. Mating behavior, life-history, and adaptation to insecticides determine species exclusion between whiteflies. Journal of Animal Ecology. 79:563-570.

Crowder, D. W., M. I. Sitvarin, and Y. Carrière. 2010. Plasticity in mating behavior drives competitive displacement of whitefly biotypes. Animal Behaviour. 79:579-587.

Tabashnik B. E. and Y. Carrière. 2009. Insect Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops. Pp. 74-100. In: A. Gatehouse and N. Ferry (Eds.). Environmental impact of genetically modified and novel crops. CABI, Wallingford, UK.

Y. Carrière., Ellers-Kirk C., Cattaneo M. G., Yafuso C. M, Antilla L., Huang C.-Y., Rahman M., Orr B. J., S.E. Marsh. 2009. Landscape effects of transgenic cotton on non-target ants and beetles. Basic and Applied Ecology. 10: 597-606.

Crowder, D. W. and Y. Carrière. 2009. Comparing the refuge strategy for managing the evolution of insect resistance under different reproductive strategies. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 261: 423-430.

Y. Carrière., A. M. Showalter, J. A. Fabrick, J. Sollome, C. Ellers-Kirk, and B. E. Tabashnik. 2009. Cadherin gene expression and effects of Bt resistance on sperm transfer in Pink bollworm. Journal of Insect Physiology. 55: 1058-1064.

Showalter A. M., S. Heuberger, B. E. Tabashnik, and Y. Carrière. 2009. A primer for the use of insecticidal transgenic cotton in developing countries. Journal of Insect Science. 9: 22.

Gassmann, A. J., Y. Carrière, and B. E. Tabashnik. 2009. Fitness costs of insect resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis. Annual Review of Entomology. 54: 147-163.

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