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
Jarenlang in de ban van de vrouwtjesmugNefarma & 8 (2015)7. - ISSN 2405-7665 - p. 3 - 3.
Comparative Usutu and West Nile virus transmission potential by local Culex pipiens mosquitoes in north-western EuropeOne Health 1 (2015). - ISSN 2352-7714 - p. 31 - 36.
Innovative tools and OpenHDS for health and demographic surveillance on Rusinga Island, KenyaBMC Research Notes 8 (2015). - ISSN 1756-0500 - 11 p.
Nieuwe infecties en ook meer van de oude infectiesCahiers bio-wetenschappen en maatschappij 34 (2015)3. - ISSN 0921-3457 - p. 61 - 65.
Vertical transmission of Bartonella schoenbuchensis in Lipoptena cerviParasites & Vectors 8 (2015). - ISSN 1756-3305 - 8 p.
Field Evaluation of a Push-Pull System to Reduce Malaria TransmissionPLoS ONE 10 (2015)4. - ISSN 1932-6203 - 20 p.
The presence of Borrelia miyamotoi, a relapsing fever spirochaete, in questing Ixodes ricinus in Belgium and in The NetherlandsZoonoses and Public Health 62 (2015)5. - ISSN 1863-1959 - p. 331 - 333.
Mosquito attraction: crucial role of carbon dioxide in formulation of a five-component blend of human-derived volatilesJournal of Chemical Ecology 41 (2015)6. - ISSN 0098-0331 - p. 567 - 573.
Mosquito host preferences affect their response to synthetic and natural odour blendsMalaria Journal 14 (2015). - ISSN 1475-2875 - 9 p.
West Nile Virus: High Transmission Rate in North-Western European Mosquitoes Indicates Its Epidemic Potential and Warrants Increased SurveillancePLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9 (2015)7. - ISSN 1935-2727