Project properties

Title Selective breeding of wingless two-spot ladybird beetles
Group Entomology, Laboratory of
Project type thesis
Credits 36
Supervisor(s) Dr. P.W. de Jong
Examiner(s) Prof. M. Dicke
Contact info peter.dejong@wur.nl
Begin date 2015/09/30
End date 2020/12/31
Description Wingless two spot ladybirds have submaximal fitness compared to the wildtype. In order to produce a maximally effective mass rearing and use in biocontrol, it is important to selectively breed for traits that minimize the shortcomings of the wingless beetles compared to the wildtype ones. Key traits need to be identified on which to select, and selection experiments can subsequently be performed in climate cabinets, after which several life-history traits need to be measured. This type of experiment can be started at any time of the year.
Used skills captive breeding
Requirements For doing a BSc-thesis at Entomology, there are no requirements for specific courses.
For doing a MSc-thesis or internship at Entomology, the following requirements apply: ENT-30806 + a second ENT-course (preferably ENT-30306 or ENT-50806 or ENT-53806). As an alternative for the second ENT-course, PHP-30806 or BHE-30306 can be selected.
Note: these requirements do not apply for MBI students; MBI students should check the requirements for doing an ENT MSc-thesis or internship in the study programme of their specialisation.