Pest insects

Pest insects

Pest insects cause direct and indirect damage

Pest insects cause yield losses in agricultural and horticultural crops through direct as well as indirect damage because they sometimes transmit pathogenic viruses. Our research focuses on the development of solutions for pests living above-ground as well as below-ground.


Important research lines are: utilisation of semiochemicals (attractants, pheromones, repellents), study and development of biological control agents such as entomopathogenic fungi and bacteria, monitoring and detection of (quarantine) insects, and disinfestation methods.

Our research has an international focus and in our projects we are often collaborating with (inter)national industries and authorities.