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Beware of hyper-parasitoids: plant and insect responses to parasitized herbivores.
Hyperparasitoids are major limiting factors in biological control. This is because they parasitize on insects which we use as biological control agents. Understanding the ecology of hyperparasitoids is crucial to develop measures  ...
Supervisor: Mitchel Bourne
Erik Poelman

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Giving the circular economy wings by feeding houseflies
The circular economy is based on the notion that the output of one system is input for the next. When we apply that to animal production systems, manure is one of the outputs for which the applications are limited, at least in a D ...
Supervisor: Dr. Dennis Oonincx (Animal Nutrition)
Prof. dr. Joop van Loon

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Investigating plant defence strategies to deal with multiherbivore attack
Plants interact with numerous 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 plants deal wi ...
Supervisor: Zoƫ Delamore, Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Ecological Indicators in carabid beetle research (BSc-thesis)
This is a BSc-thesis project. Species diversity (i.e. the combination of species richness and abundance) is a much used variable in ecological research projects. Typically, a comparison is made between two or more habitats or e ...
Supervisor: Dr. Lia Hemerik and Dr. Peter de Jong
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Honeydew, a new route of insecticide exposure to beneficial insects (thesis or internship)
The use of insecticides is highly controversial in agriculture. Although insecticides are usually used against herbivorous pests, they may have important ecological side effects on non-target beneficial arthropods. In previous stu ...
Supervisor: Miguel Calvo Agudo & Alejandro Tena
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
The potential of insect waste for control of the cabbage root fly
The cabbage root fly is a major pest of cabbage in Europe and North America. Its larvae feed on roots, causing direct damage and predisposing the crop to pathogens. As there are currently no reliable methods for managing this pest ...
Supervisor: Max Wantulla
Joop van Loon

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Crop diversity to boost bottom-up pest control - A greenhouse experiment on soil microbe-induced resistance to aphids in potato
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can induce plant systemic resistance, and reduce yield loses caused by herbivores. Plant diversity has the potential to enhance AMF communities. Intercropping systems, where at least two crop pla ...
Supervisor: Laura Riggi, Karen Kloth
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
Functional analysis of candidate genes for wing morphology in the jewel wasp Nasonia vitripennis
Wing morphology is an important trait underlying flight ability in Pterygote insects. To investigate the genetic basis of wing morphology, we performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for wing morphology and body size in an ...
Supervisor: Eveline Verhulst (ENT)
Bart Pannebakker (GEN)

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
The Womanizer transcription factor and how it determines sex in the wasp Nasonia vitripennis
In the most studied parasitoid wasp, Nasonia vitripennis, the mother is able to control the sex of her offspring. If she lays an unfertilised egg, this will develop into a haploid male, if she fertilises the egg, it will develop i ...
Supervisor: F. Guerra (ENT), E. Verhulst (ENT)
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
De-evolution of the wing: how doublesex determines wing size in Nasonia vitripennis
In the most studied parasitoid wasp, Nasonia vitripennis, males have tiny wings and cannot fly, whereas females have long wings and do fly. This difference is due to the amount of sex-specific isoforms of Doublesex, a transcriptio ...
Supervisor: F. Guerra (ENT), E. Verhulst (ENT), B. Pannebakker (GEN)
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
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