Maximilien Cuny

Research interests

The importance of interactions among three trophic levels (plants / insect herbivores / natural enemies) in attempt to understand the functioning of ecosystems has been revealed about 30 years ago. They are still well studied in many contexts such as biological control, direct and indirect defense, behavioral ecology… Every single actor of these interactions can influence each other in many different ways.

Wild Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) is a model plant in the study of plant-plant communication, direct and indirect defenses, domestication… It is naturally present in Mexico, where its leaves and seeds attacked by several herbivores which are in turn attacked by parasitoids.

The aim of my thesis is to study the specificities of those two tritrophic interactions involving wild Lima bean in order to unravel the impact of every actor on each other.

Teaching activities



Maximilien Cuny

Assistant doctorant



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