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
Measuring outcomes of the first trial of odour-baited mosquito traps for malaria control using a state of the art health and demographic surveillance systemMalaria Journal 13 (2014)Suppl.1. - ISSN 1475-2875
Blood feeding on large grazers affects the transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato by Ixodes ricinusTicks and Tick-borne Diseases 5 (2014)6. - ISSN 1877-959X - p. 810 - 817.
Hybridization studies to modify the host preference of Anopheles gambiaeMedical and Veterinary Entomology 28 (2014)S1. - ISSN 0269-283X - p. 68 - 74.
Evaluation of textile substrates for dispensing synthetic attractants for malaria mosquitoesParasites & Vectors 7 (2014). - ISSN 1756-3305 - 10 p.
Development and optimization of the Suna trap as a tool for mosquito monitoring and controlMalaria Journal 13 (2014). - ISSN 1475-2875 - 14 p.
A global assembly of adult female mosquito mark-release-recapture data to inform the control of mosquito-borne pathogensParasites & Vectors 7 (2014). - ISSN 1756-3305 - 15 p.
Spatial heterogeneity of malaria vectors and malaria transmission risk estimated using odour-baited mosquito trapsMalaria Journal 13 (2014)Suppl 1. - ISSN 1475-2875
Circulation of four Anaplasma phagocytophilum ecotypes in EuropeParasites & Vectors 7 (2014)1. - ISSN 1756-3305
Absence of Close-Range Excitorepellent Effects in Malaria Mosquitoes Exposed to Deltamethrin-Treated Bed NetsAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 90 (2014)6. - ISSN 0002-9637 - p. 1124 - 1132.
Bluetongue, Schmallenberg - what is next? Culicoides-borne viral diseases in the 21st CenturyBMC Veterinary Research 10 (2014). - ISSN 1746-6148 - 6 p.