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CrypTicks: Virus-induced behaviour of ticks
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBE) is a virus transmitted by ticks. This virus is mainly found in Asia and Eastern-Europe. However, since 2016, this virus is also found in The Netherlands. TBEV can cause encephalitis in humans an ...
Supervisor: Julian Bakker, Sander Koenraadt
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
What makes an insect neuron grow: Tracing the development of extreme taste neurons throughout metamorphosis
Insect have adapted to nearly all potential niches available in today’s ecosystems besides the arctic. Large parts of this ecological success are due to the high adaptability of the insects’ sensory systems. Besides changes on ...
Supervisor: Alexander Haverkamp
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Ecology of tick-borne encephalitis virus
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) can cause one of the most dangerous neuroinfections of humans in Europe. The first human case of the disease in the Netherlands was reported in 2016, but there is evidence it has been present m ...
Supervisor: Dr. Emily Pascoe, Dr. Sander Koenraadt
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Finding novel repellents against mosquitoes
Female mosquitoes are attracted to humans and animals by odours produced by skin bacteria. Humans differ considerably in their degree of attractiveness to mosquitoes. Less attractive individuals might release lower amounts of att ...
Supervisor: Sander Koenraadt
Joop van Loon

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Foraging success of parasitoids in diverse agro-ecosystems: How to be efficient under diverse conditions?
Parasitoids are evolved to find their host in a diverse system. It is hypothesized that increased vegetation diversity will enhance their performance in the field. However, responses of parasitic wasps to habitat diversification a ...
Supervisor: Erik Poelman, Marcel Dicke
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Influence of weather conditions on parasitoid foraging behavior
Parasitoid foraging in a controlled laboratory environment is well understood, but less is known about factors that influence host location behaviour under more natural conditions. Herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs) which  ...
Supervisor: Ilka Vosteen
Erik Poelman

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Mosquito magnet: is some human blood better than others?
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 hypoth ...
Supervisor: Marieke de Swart, Dr. Sander Koenraadt
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Control of malaria mosquito pathogens
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 ...
Supervisor: Jeroen Spitzen
Pieter Rouweler

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Analysing the host-seeking behaviour of malaria mosquitoes in Tanzania, Africa
MSc student looking for a thesis? Able to start in April or May 2019? Willing to catch mosquitoes in Africa? Then, we want you! This study will analyse the effect of close-range host cues on the capture performance of a newly- ...
Supervisor: jeroen.spitzen@wur.nl
florian.muijres@wur.nl

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Hermetia illucens (Black soldier fly) behaviour : Adult and larvae behaviour in response to stress factors
This project is part of the INSECTFEED consortium (www.insectfeed.nl). This consortium is aiming for a sustainable and circular approach to the poultry feed industry. Insects such as BSF can convert low quality waste streams into  ...
Supervisor: Yvonne Kortsmit, Prof. Dr. Joop van Loon
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
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