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De-evolution of the wing: functional analysis of candidate genes for wing morphology in the wasp Nasonia vitripennis
Wing morphology is an important trait underlying insects flight ability and ultimately several aspects of their ecology. To investigate the genetic basis of wing morphology, we performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in  ...
Supervisor: Filippo Guerra (ENT), Eveline Verhulst (ENT), Bart Pannebakker (GEN)
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Evolution of a serenade: how wing size changes courtship and male fitness in Nasonia wasps
In Nasonia vitripennis, sexual selection has resulted in a dramatically reduced size of male wings to the extent that males are flightless. Other Nasonia species also present remarkable sexual dimorphism, but why? The current theo ...
Supervisor: Filippo Guerra (ENT), Eveline C. Verhulst (ENT)
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Does strip cropping affect root herbivory and natural biological control?
In a world in which climate change and food security are taking more prominent roles by the day, there is a great need to increase agricultural sustainability. One way of going about this is increasing diversity in agricultural fi ...
Supervisor: Luuk Croijmans and Peter Karssemeijer
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Enhancing plant defence and pollinator performance by amending rhizosphere microbiome
Insect production produces biowaste that can be use for different purposes. Adding insect waste products to soil has been shown to enhance soil microbial communities, increasing the presence and abundance of beneficial soil-borne  ...
Supervisor: Katherine Barragan-Fonseca
Marcel Dicke, Joop van Loon

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Field experiment: how does insect herbivory affect pollen production, quality and paternal fitness in Brassica rapa ?
When we think of plant reproduction and plant fitness, we often think of seeds. However, for a bisexual plant such as Brassica rapa this is only half of its reproductive pathway. It’s often referred to as maternal or fe ...
Supervisor: Hanneke Suijkerbuijk, Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Insects as superfood for chickens!
Insects in food and feed are the secret rising stars within the academic world. While in the past insects have been rather perceived as pests, nowadays several species have been proposed to be multifunctional mini-livestock. One m ...
Supervisor: Anna D�rper, Dr. ing. Teun Veldkamp
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Selfing under stress: Can insect herbivory change a plant reproductive pathway?
This project covers the exciting new ground of induced biotic stress pathways and their interactions with a plant reproductive pathway. As sessile organisms, plants have to deal with stresses while maintaining their fitness. In th ...
Supervisor: Hanneke Suijkerbuijk, Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Searching for the hallmarks of complementary sex determination in the genomes of parasitoid wasps - Can be done remotely/online!
When it comes to insects, developing into a male or female is rarely straightforward. In the insect order Hymenoptera, the overarching principle is that unfertilized eggs develop into haploid males, and fertilized eggs develop int ...
Supervisor: Supervisor(s) Dr. Kim Ferguson - Laboratory of Genetics - kim.ferguson@wur.nl
Dr. Bart Pannebakker � Laboratory of Genetics � bart.pannebakker@wur.nl
Dr. Eveline Verhulst � Laboratory of Entomology � eveline.verhulst@wur.nl

Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Virus discovery - The biology of tick-specific viruses.
A new virus has been discovered in ticks. However, we don't know anything about the nature of this virus. Does it interfere with the transmission of other viruses such as tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV)? Does it affect the be ...
Supervisor: Julian Bakker
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
Field experiment: Indirect interactions between insect herbivores and pollinators
When we think of plant reproduction and plant fitness, we often think of seeds. However, for a bisexual plant such as Brassica rapa this is only half of its reproductive pathway. It’s often referred to as maternal or fema ...
Supervisor: Hanneke Suijkerbuijk, Erik Poelman
Department: Entomology, Laboratory of
 
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