Project properties

Title Mosquito magnet: is some human blood better than others?
Group Entomology, Laboratory of
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Marieke de Swart, Dr. Sander Koenraadt
Examiner(s) Prof. Dr. Marcel Dicke
Contact info marieke.deswart@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/12/15
End date 2021/10/31
Description MSc thesis project, BSc thesis projects after consultation. Humans differ in attractiveness to malaria mosquitoes, based on the odour of their sweat. But why do malaria mosquitoes have this preference for certain humans? We hypothesize that mosquitoes can indirectly smell the composition of human blood and they will choose the host that is best for their offspring. Some humans may have more nutritious or fertile blood for mosquitoes than others. This can have implications for mosquito population models and thus malaria transmission.

But how does attractiveness or blood quality differ? And how do we define reproductive success for mosquitoes? Or at what life stage can we find differences in reproductive success?

In this thesis starting Dec 2020/Jan 2021 you will:
� be involved in a trial with human subjects
� do mosquito in vivo AND in vitro blood-feeding experiments
� study differences in mosquito reproductive success
� study someone�s attractiveness to mosquitoes in behavioural experiments (optional)

Related projects with later starting dates are also possible, depending on time and availabilty.
Used skills behavioural experiments in laboratory, oviposition/reproduction experiments, experimental design, data analysis, writing scientific report
Requirements 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.
For doing a BSc-thesis at Entomology, there are no requirements for specific courses.