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Xiao Sun has received a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council

X. Sun has recently joined the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Paris for a one year training period.

Xiao Sun, Chinese student and winner of a CSC doctoral grant. © INRA, Huang Lina
Updated on 05/19/2015
Published on 05/15/2015

As a PhD student at the Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, P. R. China,  Xiao Sun received a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to join the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Paris (iEES-Paris: UPMC, CNRS, INRA, IRD, Univ. Paris Diderot, UPEC) in December 2014, for one year.

Studying a rice pest

Xioa Sun started his PhD studies in September 2011, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of olfaction in a pest moth, the rice leafroller Cnaphalocrocis medinalis.

His training period in France in the Sensory Ecology department, led by Emmanuelle Jacquin-Joly, gives him the opportunity to  learn functional tools for the study of olfactory and pheromone receptors in moths, since they appear as interesting targets for the development of new olfactory-based strategies of pest control.

Xiao Sun has already published papers on his research topic.

Xiao Sun et al. 2014. Electrophysiological responses of the rice leaffolder, Cnaphalocrocis medinalis, to rice plant volatiles. J. Insect. Sci. 14:70.

Xiao Sun et al. 2013. Transgenic Bt Rice Does Not Challenge Host Preference of the Target Pest of Rice Leaffolder, Cnaphalocrocis medinalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). PLoS ONE 8(11): e79032. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079032