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
Geographic coincidence of increased malaria transmission hazard and vulnerability occurring at the periphery of two Tanzanian villages.Malaria Journal 12 (2013). - ISSN 1475-2875 - 11 p.
Host preferences of blood-feeding mosquitoesAnnual Review of Entomology 58 (2013). - ISSN 0066-4170 - p. 433 - 453.
Ecology of parasite-vector interactionsWageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (Ecology and control of vector-borne diseases vol. 3) - ISBN 9789086861880 - p.
Ziekte van Lyme : nasleep van een tekenbeetDen Haag : Stichting Bio-Wetenschappen en Maatschappij (Cahier / Bio-Wetenschappen en Maatschappij 31e jrg. (2012), nr. 1) - ISBN 9789073196667 - p.
Prevalence of Neoehrlichia mikurensis in ticks and rodents from North-west EuropeParasites & Vectors 5 (2012). - ISSN 1756-3305
Integrated mosquito larval source management reduces larval numbers in two highland villages in western KenyaBMC Public Health 12 (2012). - ISSN 1471-2458
The SolarMal Project: innovative mosquito trapping technology for malaria controlMalaria Journal 11 (2012)1. - ISSN 1475-2875 - 2 p.
Circumstantial evidence for an increase in the total number and activity of borrelia-infected ixodes ricinus in the Netherlands.Parasites & Vectors 5 (2012)5. - ISSN 1756-3305 - 11 p.
Evaluation of low density polyethylene and nylon for delivery of synthetic mosquito attractants.Parasites & Vectors 5 (2012). - ISSN 1756-3305 - 18 p.
Mosquitoes as potential bridge vectors of malaria parasites from non-human primates to humansFrontiers in Physiology 3 (2012). - ISSN 1664-042X - 7 p.