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Bioinformatics & Insect evolutionary development
: Interested in developing you bioinformatic skills, getting hands-on experience with transcriptome data and are you curious about the evolutionary development of insects? In this project we aim to visualise global changes in dev ...
Supervisor: Wouter Makkinje
Department: Biosystematics Group
Resurrecting the past: characterization and evolution of cannabis enzymes
Cannabis is a famous yet controversial plant that have long been used by humans for medicine, recreative purposes, and fibre production. It is particularly renowned for its ability to produce psychoactive compounds called cannabin ...
Supervisor: Dr. Cloé Villard
Department: Biosystematics Group
Biodiversity on Wageningen Campus
A long-term monitoring project aims to survey biodiversity and changes therein over time on Wageningen Campus, which will help us to protect biodiversity on Campus. Data be obtained for discovering trends in (urban) biodiversity.  ...
Supervisor: Dr. Casper Quist
Department: Biosystematics Group
Mapping the genes controlling flowering time and vitamin content in the orphan vegetable Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae)
Spider plant (Gynandropsis gynandra) is a minor leafy vegetable which belongs to the Cleomaceae family, the sister family of Brassicaceae. Besides its food use, the species is used as a medicinal plant in various parts of the worl ...
Supervisor: Prof. dr. Eric Schranz
Department: Biosystematics Group
How well do wasp traps really work?
The aim of this project is to establish whether traps that lure and drown wasps with alcohol and sweet beverages work selectively and proportionally. Do fewer “lemonade wasps”- the common wasp Vespula vulgaris and the German wasp  ...
Supervisor: Jan Wieringa and Aglaia Bouma bij Naturalis
Department: Biosystematics Group
Itchy 'tropic potato' -- diversity and evolution of taro [Colocasia esculenta (L.)] and its itchiness
Taro, Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott (Araceae), is widely consumed worldwide. Although taro is one of the oldest crops, it’s regarded as an underutilized and understudied ‘orphan crop’. Global taro acceptance is limited by acridi ...
Supervisor: Eric Schranz
Department: Biosystematics Group
Evolution of egg-killing in Brassicales
Members of the Brassicaceae family are known to express a hypersensitive response(HR)-like necrosis when cabbage white butterflies (Pieris sp.) lay eggs on their leaves. The plant responds with a local cell death in the leaf under ...
Supervisor: Dr. Nina Fatouros
Department: Biosystematics Group
A hitch-hikers guide to egg parasitism
Minute hymenopteran wasps of the genus Trichogramma parasitise eggs of butterflies and moth. They are the most widely used biological control agents worldwide. However, their phylogeny, dispersal behavior, and parasitism capacitie ...
Supervisor: Dr. Nina Fatouros
Department: Biosystematics Group
Natural selection of (anti-) sex pheromones by egg parasitoids
Butterfly males can produce and transfer an anti-sex pheromone, a so-called anti-aphrodisiac (AA), to females during mating to render them less attractive to other males. AAs from cabbage white butterflies, Pieris brassicae and ...
Supervisor: Nina Fatouros, Liana Greenberg
Department: Biosystematics Group
How do plants kill butterfly eggs?
In response to eggs of cabbage white butterflies (Pieris spp.), black mustard plants (Brassica nigra, a relative of cabbage crops) respond with necrosis resembling a hypersensitive response (HR). HR is a form of programmed cell d ...
Supervisor: Dr. Nina Fatouros
Department: Biosystematics Group
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