Photo by Floris van Breugel - Dickinson Lab

Onderwerp scriptie

Trapping mosquitoes: Go with the flow?

To successfully eradicate malaria, one needs to actively capture and/or kill the mosquitoes that transfer malaria. For this reason, a partnership between the company Biogents and Wageningen University has led to the development of the Suna mosquito trap. This trap works by first attracting mosquitoes to the trap and then sucking them up using a vacuum system. A lot of work has gone into the development of the odour blend that attracts the mosquitoes, but the vacuum system that captures the mosquitoes has never been optimized systematically.

Suna Trap from Biogents AG
Suna Trap from Biogents AG
Suna Trap from Biogents AG
Suna Trap from Biogents AG

We aim to improve the capture system of the Suna trap by comparing the capture rate and airflow dynamics of various Suna trap placements and designs. For this, we will perform experiments in two setups: using setup 1 we will measure mosquito capture success in a large free-flight tent, and using setup 2 we will visualize and measure airflow around the trap. The student can participate in this project by designing setup 1 and its protocols, performing the experiments and by analysing the results.

This study is part of a research project aimed at studying the flight dynamics of mosquitoes, and is a collaboration between the Experimental Zoology Group and the Laboratory of Entomology at Wageningen University.

Examiner: prof.dr. Johan van Leeuwen
Supervisors: Florian Muijres
Alexandra Hiscox
Jeroen Spitzen
Contact: Florian Muijres (via contact form)
Credits: 36 ECTS
For: MSc Animal Sciences and Biology
Requirements: Functional Zoology (EZO-30806)
and at least one of the following: ENT-30806, ENT-51306, ENT-30306, ENT-54306