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Name Professor Renee Maria Borges
(Professor Renee Maria Borges)
FNA ID P16-1709
Address Chairperson, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science,
City Bengaluru
Pin Code 560012
Country India
Gender Female
Specialization Evolutionary Ecology, Sensory and Behavioural Ecology, Chemical and Visual Ecology, Plant-Fungus-Animal Interactions, Mutualism and Parasitism, Symbiosis
Service in the Council
Qualification PhD
Membership FASc
  Award
  Year of Election 2016  
E-mail renee@ces.iisc.ernet.in
Personal Website http:/ces.iisc.ernet.in/renee/
Summary

Renee Borges works largely in the area of the sensory ecology of plant–animal interactions. Using diverse systems ranging from figs and fig wasps through ant-plants, ants, nematodes, crab spiders, ant-mimicking spiders, nocturnal bees and giant squirrels she has shown how vision and/or chemoreception interact with physiology to impact on the ecology and evolution of multitrophic interactions. She has extended her research to several newer areas: a) sensory biology of oviposition in galler and parasitoid fig wasps including the ecology of sensilla, b) diel rhythms of volatile emissions in floral and vegetative tissues for attracting bodyguards, pollinators, and fruit dispersers, or for repelling herbivores, c) fungus-farming by termites including protection of fungus cultivars from parasites, d) passive drift in air currents versus active chemo- and anemotaxis in fig wasps, e) sensory ecology of flower scent and colour patterns in plant communities, f) biocementation and bioengineering principles in mound building in fungus-farming termites

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