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What does the cricket think? The influence of rearing conditions on the cognitive development of the house cricket
Environmental factors affect the cognitive development not only in large brained animals such humans and other vertebrates, but also in the compact nervous system of insects (Kotrschal and Taborsky 2010; Scotto-Lomassese et al. 20 ...
Supervisor: Alexander Haverkamp
Severine Kotrschal

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
Jeroen Spitzen

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
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

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
Plant defence to multi herbivore attack: dealing with unpredictable insect communities
Plants interact with a large number of attackers. The arrival of these attackers may be unpredictable in terms of the species identity, the moment in time and the order in which attack may take place. It is hypothesized that plant ...
Supervisor: Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Do plants affect the outcome of parasitoid competition?
Parasitoids often compete over herbivore hosts that are used to rear offspring. Generally, a single host species is exploited by more than one parasitoid species and hence competition between parasitoids over host and larval compe ...
Supervisor: Erik Poelman, Marcel Dicke
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Melanism in ladybird beetles
A number of ladybird beetles show color polymorphism, where forms are different in the extent of melanisation of their elytra. This is likely to influence their thermal regimes, and since insects are ectothermic, may also influenc ...
Supervisor: Dr. P.W. de Jong
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Development and testing of a highly efficient odour-baited mosquito trap
The mosquito is considered the most dangerous animal in the world because mosquitoes are vectors of many human pathogens such as malaria, dengue fever, and Zika. The best way to reduce the spread of these diseases is to prevent mo ...
Supervisor: Antoine Cribellier, Jeroen Spitzen
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
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