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Effects of mycotoxins on the house fly Musca domestica: survival, growth and metabolic conversion
The currently described project is a part of the INSECTFEED consortium which is aiming for a sustainable circular economy in which insect production is part of an integrated food production system with zero waste and preservation  ...
Supervisor: Kelly Niermans, Prof. Dr. Joop van Loon
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Effect of water misting on lemonade wasps.
For a side project in collaboration with Wexit.bz we want to show that water misting repels lemonade wasps in a bio-friendly way to avoid nuisance in the summer months. The student is asked to design the setup of the experiment ...
Supervisor: Eveline Verhulst
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Population structure in ladybird beetles
Organisms are adapted to their local environment. This may mean that there are geographic differences in the occurrence of alleles at adaptive loci. The frequency at a particular locality of a certain adaptive allele is not only i ...
Supervisor: Dr P.W. de Jong
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
From Poop to Prosperity: Using insect frass in a diverse cropping system and its effects on the insect community
This project can be a BSc thesis, an MSc thesis, or an internship. Insect frass, a promising alternative fertilizer, enhances plant defenses against herbivorous insects. Our study aims to investigate its effects in strip croppi ...
Supervisor: Andi Dirham Nasruddin; Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
How does early season defence induction by omnivore insects alter insect community and plant fitness in the open field? (NEW)
Omnivorous insect predators have been increasingly used for biological pest control in the past decades. As omnivores, they feed both on plants and herbivore pests. The advantage of omnivorous predators is that they can establish  ...
Supervisor: Nina Zhang, Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Trade-off between growth and defence in plants across the Brassicaceae family
Plants can defend themselves against insect herbivores in several ways. For example, they can produce toxic compounds or try to attract natural enemies of the herbivores. It is believed that there is a trade-off between plant grow ...
Supervisor: Laura Zuidema, Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Improve biocontrol of insects through crop diversification
Plant diversity plays a crucial role in suppressing pest pressure on crops by supporting the populations of natural enemies. The presence of different plant species in the ecosystem offers alternative food sources to beneficial in ...
Supervisor: Gabriele Bolletta, Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
How to catch more (blood-fed) mosquitoes?
Several traps are available to trap mosquitoes and thereby monitor vectors of diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika. However, these traps are not designed to catch blood-fed mosquitoes. Blood-fed mosquitoes are especially interes ...
Supervisor: Sander Koenraadt, Tessa Visser
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Roots crying for help?: harnessing root microbiome to help plants fight insect attack
Description: In agriculture, insect herbivory is one of the main biotic stresses that plants face because it represents around one-fifth of global crop yield losses. One sustainable alternative to fight insect pests can be to  ...
Supervisor: Marcela Aragon Gomez (PhD candidate) & Dr. Karen Kloth / Dr. Pedro Beschoren da Costa

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Effects of Bacillus cereus and B. thuringiensis on mass-reared black soldier flies, Hermetia illucens
Insects are increasingly being reared as mini-livestock, for food and feed purposes. It is crucial that the final product is safe to consume. A variety of chemical and microbiological hazards can affect this safety. In terms of mi ...
Supervisor: Nathan Meijer, Wageningen Food Safety Research
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
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