Dr. Lauren E. Des Marteaux

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Field Crop Entomologist

I am involved in insect pest monitoring, integrated pest management, biodiversity surveying, and development of novel tools for insect biocontrol. I have a background in insect physiology, particularly in relation to cold tolerance and diapause (overwintering).

Current research and/or projects

I aim to improve insect surveying methods, understand how agricultural practices influence native insect biodiversity, develop new biocontrol tools that protect both the environment and Canadian agriculture, and ensure that Canada is prepared for new and anticipated insect pests.

I have a background in insect overwintering physiology and cryobiology, which I hope to apply at AAFC. Prior to joining AAFC, I studied mechanisms of extreme freeze tolerance in malt flies at the Biology Centre CAS (Czech Republic), after which I studied circadian clock outputs in bean bugs at Osaka City University (Japan). 

Research and/or project statements

  • Biomonitoring of orchard pests and Japanese beetles in Southwestern Ontario
  • Developing molecular tools to identify cecidomyiid midge pest presence in cruciferous field crops
  • Surveying and assessing native insect biocontrol agents for tomato pests
  • Surveying beneficial insects in various organic field crop systems

Professional activities / interests

  • Science communication and outreach
  • Science graphics
  • Cryobiology
  • International networking

Education and awards

EDUCATION

B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology, University of Guelph, 2008
M.Sc. Environmental Biology/School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, 2012
Ph.D. Biology - Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario, 2017

AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS / FELLOWSHIPS

KAKEN Grant-in-Aid for JSPS fellows
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)
Dr. Irene Uchida Fellowship in Life Sciences
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)
Western Science Dean's Doctoral Scholarship
Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology
​NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (Masters)
Sable Systems Student & Young Scientist Award
Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award
Entomological Society of Canada President's Prize
Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Entomological Society of Ontario President's Prize (2x)
Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association Meeting 1st place prize
XXV International Congress of Entomology 2nd place prize

International experience and/or work

Postdoctoral fellow 2019 (Oct) – 2020 (Sep)
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
Project: Identifying molecular outputs of the insect circadian clock

Postdoctoral fellow 2017 (May) – 2019 (Sep)
Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Institute of Entomology), České Budějovice, Czech Republic.
Project: Mechanisms of extreme freeze tolerance in the malt fly

Key publications

  1. Labbe, R., Longpre, F., Des Marteaux, L., Leo, S., Desloges-Baril, P., Basso, J., Laflair, A. Van Laerhoven, S., and Scott-Dupree, C. 2022. Greenhouse Entomology Research Update. Harrow RDC Virtual Open House Presentation. February 23, 2022.

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  2. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., Labbé, R., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Tomato defenders: evaluating two native predatory Dicyphus species as novel biocontrol agents on tomato crops. (Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Convention, Niagara Falls, Canada)

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  3. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Exploring native predatory hemipteran species. (Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of Ontario – Virtual)

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  4. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Exploring native predatory hemipteran species. (Ontario Pest Management Conference – Virtual)

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  5. Laflair, A., Van Laerhoven, S., Des Marteaux, L., Mlynarek, J. and Labbe, R. 2021. Functional response and predatory capacity of a native generalist biological control agent, Nabis americoferus Carayon (Hemiptera: Nabidae), towards lepidopteran pests. Ontario Pest Management Conference (OPMC) Poster presented Nov 1 2021.

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  6. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Exploring native predatory hemipteran species. (Entomological Society of America AGM – Virtual)

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  7. Laflair, A., Van Laerhoven, S., Des Marteaux, L., Mlynarek, J. and Labbe, R. 2021. Reproductive and life-history potential of Nabis americoferus: a native generalist biological control agent. Entomological Society of America Conference (ESA) 2021: Poster presented Oct 31 2021.

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  8. Des Marteaux, L. and Skevington, J. 2021. Living Lab Ontario - surveying our native pollinators (Living Lab Webinar, Oct 18, 2021).

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  9. Laflair, A., Van Laerhoven, S., Des Marteaux, L., Mlynarek, J. and Labbe, R. 2021. Lifespan and reproductive output of Nabis americoferus: a potential native generalist biological control agent. Canadian Greenhouse Conference (CGC) Poster presented October 6 2021

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  10. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Evaluation of native Hemiptera for biocontrol in Canadian tomato crops. (Canadian Greenhouse Conference – Virtual)

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  11. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., Labbé, R. Mlynarek, J., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Evaluation of native Hemiptera for biocontrol in Canadian tomato crops. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Virtual (Niagara Falls)

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  12. Laflair, A., Van Laerhoven, S., Des Marteaux, L., Mlynarek, J. and Labbe, R. 2021. Egg feeding potential of Nabis americoferus: a native biological control agent of greenhouse pests. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Virtual (Niagara Falls).

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