After the Second World War much entomological research was undertaken from the concept that most pest problems caused by insects could be solved by application of insecticides.
Chemical control was considered cheap, effective and safe. It is now realized that this approach was non-sustainable. Already in the early days of chemical control the Laboratory of Entomology choose a different approach for its research, with emphasis on alternative methods of control. Initially the research focused on insect physiology i.e. hormonal regulation of insect development and resulted in the discovery of insect growth regulators as modern and selective control agents. Subsequently much work was done (and continues to be done) on the physiology of insect/plant interactions and the ecology of parasite/host and predator/prey interactions. In the last decade research on arthropod vectors of human and animal diseases complemented the research at the Laboratory.
The Laboratory of Entomology conducts fundamental and applied research. Fundamental scientific research concerns 5 topics:
- Host plant selection by herbivorous insects and mites;
- Chemical communication between plants and carnivorous insects and mites;
- Foraging behaviour of predators and parasitoids;
- Population dynamics of parasitoids
- Evolutionary ecology of asexual reproduction in insects.
Applied research is narrowly associated with the fundamental research, and includes the following topics:
- Development of biological and integrated pest management in greenhouses, orchards and field crops;
- Mechanisms of host-plant resistance;
- Biological and integrated control of pests and vectors in the tropics
Chemosensory gene expression in olfactory organs of the anthropophilic Anopheles coluzzii and zoophilic Anopheles quadriannulatusBMC Genomics 18 (2017). - ISSN 1471-2164 - 14 p.
Variation in host preferences of malaria mosquitoes is mediated by skin bacterial volatilesMedical and Veterinary Entomology 31 (2017)3. - ISSN 0269-283X - p. 320 - 326.
Behavioural responses of Ixodes ricinus nymphs to carbon dioxide and rodent odourMedical and Veterinary Entomology 31 (2017)2. - ISSN 0269-283X - p. 220 - 223.
Acarological risk of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato infections across space and time in The NetherlandsVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 17 (2017)2. - ISSN 1530-3667 - p. 99 - 107.
A European Perspective : Global one health - a new integrated approachIn: Global Health Challenges / , Frenk, Julio. - Washington : The Trilateral Commission (Task Force Report TFR 67) - ISBN 9780930503970 - p. 67 - 121.
Profile: The Rusinga health and demographic surveillance system, Western KenyaInternational Journal of Epidemiology 45 (2016)3. - ISSN 0300-5771 - p. 718 - 727.
Minder malaria met muggenvalMinder malaria met muggenval, Resource jrg. 11, nr. 2, p. 12-15, 2016-08-25, Albert Sikkema, https://edepot.wur.nl/424476
Decrease in tick bite consultations and stabilization of early Lyme borreliosis in the Netherlands in 2014 after 15 years of continuous increaseBMC Public Health 16 (2016). - ISSN 1471-2458
The fine-scale genetic structure of the malaria vectors Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae (Diptera: Culicidae) in the north-eastern part of TanzaniaInternational Journal of Tropical Insect Science 36 (2016)4. - ISSN 1742-7584 - p. 161 - 170.
Few vertebrate species dominate the Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. Life cycleEnvironmental Research Letters 11 (2016)4. - ISSN 1748-9326