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Lab Team

The main areas of research

The main area of our work is focused on the study of physiological, genetic, and morpho-functional aspects that determine the interaction between the components of biocenoses and also on the interaction of living organisms with abiotic environmental factors. One of the main objectivess is to study factors that determine the population fluctuations of mass species of insects and the mechanisms of their functioning. Special attention is paid to the study of the plants resistance mechanisms and their effects on the insect resistance against parasitoids and entomopathogens. For more detailed study of these aspects we developed the method of molecular sexing of insects (Belousova et al., 2019), which allows to make a sex determination of insects by tissue sample. Population-genetic studies of mass species of insects with wide habitat are included in the laboratory's area of interest too. Additional area of our study is the physiological and molecular biological characteristics of viral pathogenesis of mass species of insects and the development of drugs based on baculoviruses to control the number of pests in agriculture and forestry.


Russian Science Foundation:

  1. 23-66-10015 SMART Pests management of Lepidoptera (2023-2026). Head Martemyanov V.V.
  2. 20-64-46011 Assessment of the adaptation capabilities of two major temperate-zone forest defoliators in the context of their northward expansion in response to global climate change (2020-2022). Head Martemyanov V.V.
  3. 20-76-00017 The mechanism of vertical transmission of baculovirus infection. Head Belousova I.A.
  4. 21-46-07005 Advanced forest integrated pest management system based on remote monitoring of pest populations (2021-2023). Russia-Japan. Head Martemyanov V.V.
  5. 17-46-07002 The studying of Lymantria dispar nucleopolyhedrovirus life strategies within different climatic conditions for effective management of populations of forestry defoliators (2017-2019). Russia-Japan. Head Martemyanov V.V.
  6. 15-14-10014 The mechanisms of insect resistance to entomopathogenic microorganisms and the development of new approaches for the progress of biological methods for controlling the number of insects - pests of agriculture and forestry (2015-2017). Head Glupov V.V.
  7. 17-76-10029 Sex-specificity in insect resistance - new scientific basis for the effective pest management (2017-2019). Head Pavlushin S.V.

Russian Foundation for Basic Research:

  1. 19-416-543005 A new approach in the use of adjuvants to improve biopesticide against insect-phyllophages based on mixinfection (2019-2020). Head - Akhanaev Y.B.
  2. 19-416-540005 The study of mix infections of gypsy moth and modeling of its dynamics under different weather and climatic conditions as the basis for developing of combined biological product (2019-2020). Head Martemyanov V.V.
  3. 15-29-02676 The laws of regulation of gypsy moth populations within forest ecosystems: from molecular mechanisms to population management (2015-2017). Head Martemyanov V.V.
  4. 15-54-45083 Symbiotic flora of leaf-eating Lepidoptera and its interaction with entomopathogenic microorganisms (2015-2016). Russia India. Head Martemyanov V.V.
  5. 15-04-08197 The relationship between gypsy moths immune status and ability of baculovirus to be activated from covert infection to acute form. (2015-2017). Head Pavlushin S.V.
  6. 16-34-50075 Microsporidia infection as a factor of activation of latent baculovirus infections of phytophage insects. (2016). Head Martemyanov V.V.
  7. 12-04-01228 The correlation of ontogenesis of gypsy moth with the phenological development of host plant leaves: its significance for interaction in the three-trophic chain: plant - phytophage parasite (2012-2014). Head Martemyanov V.V.
  8. 09-04-00767 The relationship between low level damage of host plant and the resistance of gypsy moth to parasites: the role of feed in a flash increase in the number of phytophage. (2009-2011). Head Martemyanov V.V.
  9. 06-04-49164 The significance of the host plant induced resistance in the formation of the immune response of gypsy moth Lymantria dispar L. to pathogens. (2006-2008). Head Martemyanov V.V.

USDA international joint venture agreement:

No07-JV-11242300-092 Comparative investigation of nucleopolyhedrovirus dynamics in Asian and European strains of the gypsy moth. (2007-2008) (collaboration with Northern research station, Forest service, Hamden, USA). Russian team leader Martemyanov V.V.

Kone Foundation:

Interactions between host plant, insect and entomopathogen: the role of plant induced defense in immune defense of gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar L. (2006, 2008). Postdoc in University of Turku, Finland.


06-1000014-5728Chemical defense of a tree and immune defense of a herbivore: towards understanding mechanisms behind gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar L., population outbreaks (2007-2008). Postdoc in University of Turku, Finland.

Selected publications

Martemyanov VV, Akhanaev YB, Belousova IA, Pavlusin SV, Yakimova ME, Kharlamova DD, Ageev AA, Golovina AN, Astapenko SA, Kolosov AV, Ananko GG, Taranov OS, Shvalov AN, Bodnev SA, Ershov NI, Grushevaya IV, Timofeyev MA, Tokarev YS. A New Cypovirus-1 Strain as a Promising Agent for Lepidopteran Pest Control. Microbiol Spectr. 2023 Jun 15;11(3):e0385522. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.03855-22. Epub 2023 May 8. PMID: 37154690; PMCID: PMC10269911.

Kovalev, A.; Soukhovolsky, V.; Tarasova, O.; Akhanaev, Y.; Martemyanov, V. Remote Sensing Indicators of Spongy Moth (Lymantria dispar L.) Damage to Birch Stands in Western Siberia. Forests 2023, 14, 2308.

Akhanaev, Y.B.; Pavlushin, S.V.; Kharlamova, D.D.; Odnoprienko, D.; Subbotina, A.O.; Belousova, I.A.; Ignatieva, A.N.; Kononchuk, A.G.; Tokarev, Y.S.; Martemyanov, V.V. The Impact of a Cypovirus on Parental and Filial Generations of Lymantria dispar L. Insects 2023, 14, 917.

Soukhovolsky, V.; Krasnoperova, P.; Kovalev, A.; Sviderskaya, I.; Tarasova, O.; Ivanova, Y.; Akhanaev, Y.; Martemyanov, V. Differentiation of Forest Stands by Susceptibility to Folivores: A Retrospective Analysis of Time Series of Annual Tree Rings with Application of the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem. Forests 2023, 14, 1385.

Ponomarev, V.I.; Klobukov, G.I.; Napalkova, V.V.; Akhanaev, Y.B.; Pavlushin, S.V.; Yakimova, M.E.; Subbotina, A.O.; Picq, S.; Cusson, M.; Martemyanov, V.V. Phenological Features of the Spongy Moth, Lymantria dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae), in the Northernmost Portions of Its Eurasian Range. Insects 2023, 14, 276.

V. I. Ponomarev, G. I. Klobukov , V. V. Napalkova, M. V. Tyurin, and V. V. Martemyanov. 2023 Influence of Biotic and Abiotic Factors on the Duration of Development of the Spongy Moth Lymantria dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) in the West Siberian Population of Different Latitudinal Origin. Contemporary Problems of Ecology, 2023, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 166172.

Picq, S.; Yunke, W.; Martemyanov, V.V.; Pouliot, E.; Pfister, S.E.; Hamelin, R.; Cusson, M. Range-wide population genomics of the spongy moth, Lymantria dispar (Erebidae): Implications for biosurveillance, subspecies classification and phylogeography of a destructive moth. Evol. Appl. 2023, 119

Soukhovolsky, V.; Tarasova, O.; Pavlushin, S.; Osokina, E.; Akhanaev, Y.; Kovalev, A.; Martemyanov, V. Economics of a feeding budget: A case of diversity of host plants for Lymantria dispar L. (Lepidoptera) feeding on leaves and needles. Diversity 2023, 15, 102.

Don Stewart, Abdelmadjid Djoumad, Dave Holden, Troy Kimoto, Arnaud Capron, Vladimir V. Dubatolov, Yuriy B. Akhanaev, Maria E. Yakimova, Vyacheslav V. Martemyanov, and Michel Cusson. A TaqMan Assay for the Detection and Monitoring of Potentially Invasive Lasiocampids, With Particular Attention to the Siberian Silk Moth, Dendrolimus sibiricus (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae). Journal of Insect Science, (2023) 23(1): 5; 112

Akhanaev, Y.; Pavlushin, S.; Polenogova, O.; Klementeva, T.; Lebedeva, D.; Okhlopkova, O.; Kolosov, A.; Martemyanov, V. The effect of mixtures of Bacillus thuringiensis-based insecticide and multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus of Lymantria dispar L. in combination with an optical brightener on L. dispar larvae. BioControl 2022, 67, 331343.

Ananko, G.G.; Kolosov, A.V.; Martemyanov, V.V. Rock Microhabitats Provide Suitable Thermal Conditions for Overwintering Insects: A Case Study of the Spongy Moth (Lymantria dispar L.) Population in the Altai Mountains. Insects 2022, 13, 712.

Kononchuk AG , Martemyanov VV, Ignatieva AN, Belousova IA, Inoue MN,Tokarev YuS. Susceptibility of the Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) to Nosema pyrausta (Microsporidia: Nosematidae). Insects. 2021 May 14;12(5):447. doi: 10.3390/insects12050447.

Belousova Irina , Pavlushin Sergey, Subbotina Anna, Rudneva Natalya, and Martemyanov Vyacheslav. Sex Specificity in Innate Immunity of Insect Larvae. Journal of Insect Science, (2021) 21(6): 15; 14.

Pavlushin SV, Ilinsky YuYu, Belousova IA, Bayborodin SI, Lunev EA, Kechin AA, Khrapov EA, Filipenko ML, Toshchakov SV, Martemyanov VV. Appearances are deceptive: Three RNA viruses co-infected with the nucleopolyhedrovirus in host Lymantria dispar2021. Virus Research 297 (2021) 198371.

Kryukov, V.; Rotskaya, U.; Yaroslavtseva, O.; Polenogova, O.; Kryukova, N.; Akhanaev, Y.; Krivopalov, A.; Alikina, T.; Vorontsova, Y.; Slepneva, I; Kabilov, M; Glupov, V. Fungus Metarhizium robertsii and neurotoxic insecticide affect gut immunity and microbiota in Colorado potato beetles. Sci. Rep. 2021, doi:10.1038/s41598-020-80565-x. (IF 3.9, Q1)

Akhanaev, Y.B.; Belousova, I.A.; Lebedeva, D.A.; Pavlushin, S.V.; Martemyanov, V.V. A Comparison of the Vertical Transmission of High- and Low-Virulence Nucleopolyhedrovirus Strains in Lymantria dispar L. Insects 2020, 11, 455.

Djoumad, A; Nisole, A; Stewart, D; Holden, D; Zahiri, R; Inoue, MN; Martemyanov, VV; Levesque, RC; Hamelin, RC; Cusson, M. 2020. Reassessment of the status of Lymantria albescens and Lymantria postalba (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Lymantriinae) as distinct 'Asian gypsy moth' species, using both mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data. SYSTEMATIC ENTOMOLOGY, 45, 493504.

Kryukov, V.Y., Kabilov, M.R., Smirnova, N., Tomilova, O.G., Tyurin, M. V., Akhanaev, Y.B., Polenogova, O. V., Danilov, V.P., Zhangissina, S.K., Alikina, T., Yaroslavtseva, O.N., Glupov, V. V., 2019. Bacterial decomposition of insects post-Metarhizium infection: Possible influence on plant growth. Fungal Biol. 123, 927935. (IF 2.7, Q1)

Tomilova, O.G., Yaroslavtseva, O.N., Ganina, M.D., Tyurin, M. V., Chernyak, E.I., Senderskiy, I. V., Noskov, Y.A., Polenogova, O. V., Akhanaev, Y.B., Kryukov, V.Y., Glupov, V. V., Morozov, S. V., 2019. Changes in antifungal defence systems during the intermoult period in the Colorado potato beetle. J. Insect Physiol. 116, 106117. (IF 2.8, Q1)

Martemyanov V, Bykov R, Demenkova M, Gninenko Y, Romancev S, Bolonin I, Mazunin I., Belousova I., Akhanaev Y., Pavlushin S., Krasnoperova P., Ilinskiy Y. (2019) Genetic evidence of broad spreading of Lymantria dispar in the West Siberian Plain. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0220954.

Inoue M.N., Suzuki-Ohno Y., Haga Y., Aarai H., Sano T., Martemyanov V.V. & Kunimi Y. (2019). Population dynamics and geographical distribution of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, in Japan. For. Ecol. Manag., 434, 154-164.

Pavlushin S.V., Belousova I.A., Chertkova E. A., Kryukova N.A., Glupov V.V., Martemyanov V.V. 2019. The effect of population density of Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) on its fitness, physiology and activation of the covert nucleopolyhedrovirus. Eur. J. Entomol. 116: 85-91

Belousova I., Ershov N., Pavlushin S., Ilinsky Y., Martemyanov V. 2019. Molecular sexing of Lepidoptera. Journal of Insect Physiology. 114: 53-56.

Inoue M.N., Suzuki-Ohno Y., Haga Y., Aarai H., Sano T., Martemyanov V.V., Kunimi Y. 2019. Population dynamics and geographical distribution of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, in Japan. Forest Ecology and Management 434: 154164.

Ilyinykh AV, Baturina OA, Ilyinykh FA, Podgwaite JD, Polenogova OV, Belousova IA, Martemyanov VV, Kabilov MR. 2018. Change in the virulence of the Lymantria dispar nucleopolyhedrovirus during passage in the insect host. International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 6: 15-17,

Kasianov NS, Belousova IA, Pavlushin SV, Dubovskiy IM, Podgwaite JD, Martemyanov VV, Bakhvalov SA. The activity of phenoloxidase in haemolymph plasma is not a predictor of Lymantria dispar resistance to its baculovirus. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 30;12(8):e0183940

Akhanaev YB, Belousova IA, Ershov NI, Nakai M, Martemyanov VV, Glupov VV. 2017. Comparison of tolerance to sunlight between spatially distant and genetically different strains of Lymantria dispar nucleopolyhedrovirus. PLoS One. 2017 Dec 20;12(12):e0189992.

Martemyanov VV, Podgwaite JD, Belousova IA, Pavlushin SV, Slavicek JM, Baturina OA, Kabilov MR, Ilyinykh AV. 2017 A comparison of the adaptations of strains of Lymantria dispar multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus to hosts from spatially isolated populations. J Invertebr Pathol. 2017 Jun;146:41-46.

The role of rapid induced resistance of host plant in trophic interactions between Betula pendula, Lymantria dispar, and Bacillus thuringiensis. Belousova I.A., Martemyanov V.V., Glupov V.V. Russian Journal of Ecology. 2017. . 48. 2. . 116-121. DOI: 10.7868/S0367059717020044

Martemyanov V.V., Belousova I.A.,Pavlushin S.V., Dubovskiy I.M., Ershov N. I., Alikina T.Y., Kabilov M.R., Glupov V.V. (2016) Phenological asynchrony between host plant and gypsy moth reduces insect gut microbiota and susceptibility to Bacillus thuringiensis. Ecol Evol. 2016 Sep 22;6(20):7298-7310.

Chernyak E. I., Yushkova Yu. V., Pavlushin S. V., Nikolenko S. O., Martemyanov V.V., and S. V. Morozov (2016) Dynamics of biologically active compound contents from Betula pendula leaves duringearly leaf development. Chemistry of Natural Compounds, 52:193-198.

Kabilov M. R., Martemyanov V.V., Tupikin A. E., Baturina O.A., Belousova I. A., Bondar A. A., Ilyinykh A.V. (2015). Complete Genome Sequence of a Western Siberian Lymantria dispar Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus Isolate. Genome Announcements, 3:e00335-15.

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Martemyanov VV, Pavlushin SV, Dubovskiy IM, Yushkova YV, Morosov SV, Chernyak EI, Efimov VM, Ruuhola T, Glupov VV (2015). Asynchrony between Host Plant and InsectsDefoliator within a Tritrophic System: The Role of Herbivore Innate Immunity. // PLoS ONE 10(6): e0130988.

Martemyanov V.V., Pavlushin SV, Dubovskiy IM, Belousova IA, Yushkova YV, Morosov SV, Chernyak E.I., Glupov V.V. (2015) Leaf Surface Lipophilic Compounds as One of the Factors of Silver Birch Chemical Defense against Larvae of Gypsy Moth. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0121917.

Podgwaite J. D., V. V. Martemyanov, J. M. Slavicek, S. A. Bakhvalov, S. V. Pavlushin, N. Hayes-Plazolles and R. T. Zerillo (2013) Potency of Nucleopolyhedrovirus Genotypes for European and Asian Gypsy Moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). J. Entomol. Sci. 48: 332-344.

Malysh J. M., Tokarev Y. S., Sitnicova N. V., Martemyanov V. V., Frolov A. N., Issia I. V. (2013) Tubulinosema pyraustae sp.n. (Microsporidia: Tubulinosematidae) from the beet webworm Pyrausta (Loxostege) sticticalis L. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in Western Siberia. Acta Protozoologica, 52: 299-308.

Martemyanov V.V., Dubovskiy I. M., Belousova I. A., Pavlushin S. V., Domrachev D.V., Rantala M. J., Salminen J-P, Bakhvalov S. A., Glupov V. V. (2012). Rapid induced resistance of silver birch affects both innate immunity and performance of gypsy moths: the role of plant chemical defenses. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 6:507518.

Martemyanov VV, Dubovskiy IM, Rantala, MJ, Salminen JP, Belousova IA, Pavlushin SV, Bakhvalov SA, Glupov VV. (2012). The effects of defoliation-induced delayed changes in silver birch foliar chemistry on gypsy moth ?tness, immune response, and resistance to baculovirus infection. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38:295305.

Martemyanov V.V., Domrachev D.V., Pavlushin S.V., Belousova I.A., Bakhvalov S.A., Tkachev A.V. Glupov V.V. Induction of terpenoid synthesis in leaves of silver birch after defoliation caused by gypsy moth caterpillars // Doklady Biological Sciences (2010) 435(2). pp. 278-281. DOI: 10.1134/S0012496610060104

The response of gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L.) larvae infected with nuclear polyhedrosis virus to induced resistance in birch (Betula pendula Roth.) Martemyanov V.V., Bakhvalov S.A., Dubovskiy I.M., Belousova I.A., Strel'nikov A.G., Glupov V.V., Rantala M.J., Shul'ts E.E. Russian Journal of Ecology. 2009. . 40. 6. . 434-439. DOI: 10.1134/S1067413609060095

Dubovskiy I.M., Martemyanov V.V., Vorontsova Y.L., Rantala M.J., Gryzanova E.V., Glupov V.V. (2008). Effect of the bacterial infection on the antioxidant activity and lipid peroxidation in the midgut of larvae Galleria mellonella L. (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) // Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. 148:1-5.

Martemyanov V.V., Bakhvalov S.A. 2007. Interrelationships of plant-insect-parasite systems and their influence on the development and population dynamics of forest defoliators // Euroasian Entomological Journal. 6:205-221 (review)

Effect of tannic acid on the development and resistance of the gypsy moth Lymantria dispar L. to viral infection Martemyanov V.V., Bakhvalov S.A., Dubovskiy I.M., Glupov V.V., Salakhutdinov N.F., Tolstikov G.A. Doklady Biochemistry and Biophysics. 2006. . 409. 1. . 219-222. DOI: 10.1134/S1607672906040077

Glupov V.V., Khvoshevskaya M.F., Lozinskaya Y.L., DubovskiyI.M., Martemyanov V.V., Sokolova J.Y. (2001). Application of the method NBT-reduction for studies on the production of reactive oxigen species in Insect haemocytes. Cytobios. 106:165-178.