Project properties

Title Control of malaria mosquito pathogens
Group Entomology, Laboratory of
Project type thesis
Credits 12-36
Supervisor(s) Jeroen Spitzen
Pieter Rouweler
Examiner(s) Sander Koenraadt
Contact info Jeroen.Spitzen@wur.nl
Pieter.Rouweler@wur.nl
Begin date 2018/02/01
End date 2020/01/01
Description The mosquito Anopheles coluzzii transmits malaria and is therefore one of the most dangerous vector species in the world. In the Laboratory of Entomology we focus on novel tools to control this mosquito. In our rearing we normally produce >500 females a day for our experiments. However, due to a disease in our rearing, we experienced high larval mortality and therefor problems with population stability.
Although improvements have been made in regard to this problem, we are still dependent on applying a salt solution in our larval population in order to suppress the pathogen. Currently we are looking for a BSc and/or MSc student to investigate this further.
In this thesis you will test several treatments involving larval densities, feed quality, pathogen inhibiting compounds, and experiments on life history traits to kill or reduce this pathogen.
Used skills Survival and reproduction experiments, Statistics, Literature review
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.