Project properties

Title Reproduction in early available hosts: an early spring survival strategy for Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) flies
Group Entomology, Laboratory of
Project type thesis
Credits 39
Supervisor(s) Aurore Panel, MSc (University of Groningen); Jeroen Alkema, MSc (WUR); ing. Herman Helsen (WUR)
Examiner(s) prof. Marcel Dicke
Contact info Jeroen Alkema (
Begin date 2017/03/09
End date 2018/09/30
Description You will collect fruits that may serve as potential hosts for Drosophila suzukii (SWD).
Once fruits containing SWD have been identified, these candidates will be tested on the following properties:

- Sweetness, firmness, pH, and volume/size
- How likely is SWD to lay eggs on these fruits in controlled lab conditions
- What role does fruit damage play
- How do the different stages of the fruit affect oviposition (egg-laying)
- How do these fruits affect larvael development
- How attracted are SWD flies to these fruits

Project start and end date can be altered slightly if needed.
Used skills Observation of behaviour, field collection, (no-)choice tests, possibly motion-tracking software, preference scoring.
Requirements Experience in field collection and animal behaviour are considered to be advantageous to the project.
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.