The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) is committed to explore the frontiers of science and performing high-calibre research that is globally relevant. The work of the institute is centered on six major themes: climate change and risk, agroecology, biodiversity, food and global health, bioeconomy, society and regional strategies. Hosted in the INRAE PACA Center, the Institute Sophia Agrobiotech (INRAE ISA, CNRS, Côte d’Azur University) aims at studying plant-interactions, pathogens and symbionts and their dynamics in time and space. The institute ISA brings together strong expertise in comparative, evolutionary and functional genomics, in community ecology and agronomy. The ultimate goal is to integrate this knowledge in the development of innovative agronomic strategies (integrated pest management, biological control), more respectful of the environment and human health.

Nicolas Borowiec is an Entomologist and applied researcher at INRAE ISA. Within the Team “Research and Development in Biological Control” (RDLB), he is focused on the implementation of new classical (introduction) biological control programs against major invasive exotic pests (i.e. Dryocosmus kuriphilus, Cydia pomonella, Drosophila suzukii…). One of his challenges is to use these agronomic operations as experimental frames to describe eco-evolutionary processes involved in biological invasions.