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Determining sample selection strategies for germplasm collecting expeditions
Breeding for disease resistance is an important method to minimize the use of fungicides in agriculture. In lettuce (Lactuca sativa) an important disease is downy mildew (Dm) which is caused by the oomycete Bremia lactucae. The Dm ...
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Kik / Dr. Rob van Treuren (Centre for Genetic Resources; CGN) and Dr. Klaas Bouwmeester (Biosystematics)
Department: Biosystematics Group
 
Morphometrics and phylogeny of the wild tulip, Tulipa sylvestris
Tulip taxonomy is complex and different treatments do not agree on the delimitation of species and subspecies. In this thesis project, you will focus on Tulipa sylvestris, a small yellow tulip commonly called the ‘wild tulip’  ...
Supervisor: Dr. Anastasia Stefanaki, Dr. Freek Bakker
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 understand the processes that influence biodiversity loss. Subsequently, management on campus can be ...
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
 
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
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
 
Herbarium genomics to assess wild and landrace diversity in Cannabis sativa
Cannabis is native to Eurasia where it has been cultivated by humans for fiber and medicinal/ritual purposes for millenia. However, the variation across local landraces and putative wild plants remains unknown. Moreover, extensive ...
Supervisor: Dr. Robin van Velzen, Dr. Tinde van Andel
Department: Biosystematics Group
 
Evolution of biosynthesis genes in cannabis and hop
Description Cannabis sativa is valued for its psychotropic and medicinal effect due to unique prenylated polyketides known as cannabinoids. Its closest relative, hop (Humulus lupulus) is valued as a flavouring agent in the product ...
Supervisor: Dr. Robin van Velzen
Department: Biosystematics Group
 
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