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
Molasses as a source of carbon dioxide for attracting the malaria mosquitoes Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles funestusMalaria Journal 13 (2014). - ISSN 1475-2875 - 13 p.
Perspective Piece: Needs for Monitoring Mosquito Transmission of Malaria in a Pre-Elimination WorldAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 90 (2014)1. - ISSN 0002-9637 - p. 6 - 10.
A push-pull system to reduce house entry of malaria mosquitoesMalaria Journal 13 (2014). - ISSN 1475-2875 - 8 p.
Repellent Activities of Essential Oils of Some Plants Used Traditionally to Control the Brown Ear Tick, Rhipicephalus appendiculatusJournal of Parasitology Research 2014 (2014). - ISSN 2090-0023 - 10 p.
Assessing the efficacy of candidate mosquito repellents against the background of an attractive source that mimics a human hostMedical and Veterinary Entomology 28 (2014)4. - ISSN 0269-283X - p. 407 - 413.
Meer teken in de natuur : een goed teken?Zoogdier 24 (2013)2. - ISSN 0925-1006 - p. 1 - 4.
Effects of blood-feeding on olfactory sensitivity of the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae: application of mixed linear models to account for repeated measurementsJournal of Insect Physiology 59 (2013). - ISSN 0022-1910 - p. 1111 - 1118.
Larval nutrition differentially affects adult fitness and Plasmodium development in the malaria vectors Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles stephensiParasites & Vectors 6 (2013). - ISSN 1756-3305
Strijden tegen de muggenConsumentengids 2013 (2013)7. - ISSN 0165-6775 - p. 18 - 21.
Geodemographic analysis of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato using the 5S-23S rDNA spacer regionInfection, Genetics and Evolution 17 (2013). - ISSN 1567-1348 - p. 216 - 222.