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
Selection of mosquito life-histories: a hidden weapon against malaria?Malaria Journal 11 (2012). - ISSN 1475-2875
Hitting Hotspots: Spatial Targeting of Malaria for Control and EliminationPLOS Medicine 9 (2012)1. - ISSN 1549-1676
Ethnoknowledge of Bukusu community on livestock tick prevention and control in Bungoma district, western KenyaJournal of Ethnopharmacology 140 (2012)2. - ISSN 0378-8741 - p. 298 - 324.
Prevalence of Coxiella Burnetii in Ticks After a Large Outbreak of Q FeverZoonoses and Public Health 59 (2012)1. - ISSN 1863-1959 - p. 69 - 75.
Viability of GM Fungi Crucial to Malaria ControlScience 332 (2011)6026. - ISSN 0036-8075 - p. 175 - 175.
Development of environmental tools for anopheline larval controlParasites & Vectors 4 (2011). - ISSN 1756-3305
Absence of zoonotic Bartonella species in questing ticks: First detection of Bartonella clarridgeiae and Rickettsia felis in cat fleas in the NetherlandsParasites & Vectors 4 (2011). - ISSN 1756-3305
Human skin microbiota and their volatiles as odour baits for the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae s.sEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 139 (2011)2. - ISSN 0013-8703 - p. 170 - 179.
Track3D: a new system for tracking, visualization and analysis of insect flight behaviour in 3DIn: The 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Chemical Ecology, October 11-15, 2011, Beijing, China. - - p. 112 - 112.
Composition of Human Skin Microbiota Affects Attractiveness to Malaria MosquitoesPLoS ONE 6 (2011)12. - ISSN 1932-6203 - 7 p.