Behaviour and sexual selection of triatomines

Group Leader

manrique Dr. Gabriel Manrique
Investigador Independiente (CONICET), Profesor Asociado (FCEN-UBA)

Current proyects are focused to understand the sexual behaviour of triatomines. We are interested to understand in these insects, the underlying mechanisms behind the couple choice, in order to identify the factors that are involved in the sexual selection, and the decision rules that takes every sex. In addition, we investigate the function of the exocrine glands in the sexual context, and in other contexts (e.g., alarm), as well as the function of cuticular lipids. Also, we study the factors that determine the dynamics of selection and utilization of refuges and how it affects intra and inter-specific competition.