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Insects as bioconverters of waste to resource
Edible insects have been suggested as a more environmentally friendly source of animal protein than conventional production animals. One of the reasons for this idea is the ability of insects to use a large variety of substrates a ...
Supervisor: Joop van Loon (Entomology, Joop.vanloon@wur.nl)

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Host location by hyperparasitoids
We found that hyperparsitoids, the fourth trophic level enemies of parasitoids, find their host (larvae or pupae of parasitoids) by using herbivore induced plant volatiles (HIPVs). The HIPVs of plants damaged by parasitized and un ...
Supervisor: Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Ecology of host-tick-pathogen interactions
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is among the most important vector-borne diseases in Europe and Eurasia. Both the distribution and number of cases have increased during the past decades, and the virus is now also endemic in t ...
Supervisor: Sander Koenraadt, Helen Esser, Fred de Boer
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Reproduction in early available hosts: an early spring survival strategy for Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) flies
You will collect fruits that may serve as potential hosts for Drosophila suzukii (SWD). Once fruits containing SWD have been identified, these candidates will be tested on the following properties: - Sweetness, firmness, pH,  ...
Supervisor: Aurore Panel, MSc (University of Groningen); Jeroen Alkema, MSc (WUR); ing. Herman Helsen (WUR)
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Better a good neighbour than a toxic friend: diversifying agro-ecological systems to increase insect biodiversity and enhance ecosystem services
Insect biodiversity and abundance are decreasing and one of the main culprits for this decline is agriculture; more specifically large-scale monocultures and pesticides. As agricultural area makes up a large portion of the total l ...
Supervisor: Luuk Croijmans, Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Ecology of larvae and egg-laying behaviour of malaria mosquitoes
Integrated vector management requires the understanding of vector ecology, predation and parasitism for sustainable mosquito control. In nature larval breeding sites in which female mosquitoes deposit their eggs, exert a strong se ...
Supervisor: Dr. Tullu Bukhari; based in Maseno, Kenya
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Blood feeding on horses and cows by biting midges in The Netherlands
Afrikaanse Paardenpest (AAP) kan een gevaar vormen voor de Europese paardenpolulatie. Nederland heeft met 11 paarden/km2 de hoogste paardendichtheid van de wereld. In de 80-er jaren zijn er grote uitbraken van APP in Spanje en Por ...
Supervisor: Armin Elbers (Central Veterinary Institute, Lelystad) and Sander Koenraadt
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Selective breeding of wingless two-spot ladybird beetles
Wingless two spot ladybirds have submaximal fitness compared to the wildtype. In order to produce a maximally effective mass rearing and use in biocontrol, it is important to selectively breed for traits that minimize the shortcom ...
Supervisor: Dr. P.W. de Jong
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Genetic and environmental influence on color in ladybird beetles
Ladybird beetles are often brightly colored, likely mainly to advertise their untasteful or even toxic properties to potential predators. Across and within species, color patterns vary wildly. Especially the exotic ladybird beetle ...
Supervisor: Dr. P.W. de Jong
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Flight ability of wingless mutant ladybird beetles
In the Netherlands and also in the UK, natural mutant two-spot ladybird beetles have been found in the wild that have reduced elytra and flight wings. In the past, the genetic basis of this wingless-ness has been studied (and it s ...
Supervisor: Dr. P.W. de Jong
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
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