Project properties

Title Ecology of larvae and egg-laying behaviour of malaria mosquitoes
Group Entomology, Laboratory of
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Dr. Tullu Bukhari; based in Maseno, Kenya
Examiner(s) Prof. dr. Marcel Dicke
Contact info
Begin date 2016/04/01
End date 2020/12/31
Description Integrated vector management requires the understanding of vector ecology, predation and parasitism for sustainable mosquito control. In nature larval breeding sites in which female mosquitoes deposit their eggs, exert a strong selection pressure as 90% of the larval population does not survive. This high mortality is due to climatic conditions, parasitism and predation. In our group we are interested in understanding the interaction between vector ecology, parasitism and predation on larvae and the emerging adults. In this project you will evaluate the effect of predator cues in the breeding sites on the larval population and how larval exposure to predator cues affects the oviposition behavior of emerging adults.
The research can also be carried out as an internship.
Used skills Bioassays in field and laboratory, ecological experiments, data-analysis, writing scientific report
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.