Biocontrol by parasitoids

Ecology and genetics of Trichogramma egg parasitoids in cabbage fields

PhD student Sophie Chattington is working hard on her thesis contributing to the BINGO-ITN project. This European innovative training network ended in 2019. Moreover, PhD student Liana Greenberg will work on the use of AAs in biocontrol as so-called ‘allelochemicals-based tactics’. She will create selections lines of Trichogramma wasps that are good or less good in detecting anti-aphrodisiacs and release those lines in a cabbage field. Besides by NWO, this project is supported by the Dutch biocontrol company Koppert.

Genetics and behavior of parasitoids of the olive fruit fly in Greece

The Life IGIC project financed by the EU will develop Green Infrastructure (GI) and supporting Sustainable Farming Methods in pilot olive orchards, in Western Messara plain, south Crete, Greece. Within this projects, I am supervising  PhD student Giannoula Bogka together with Prof. Bas Zwaan, Dr. Bart Pannebakker (both Laboratory of Genetics) and Dr. Emmanouil Kabourakis (INSTITUTE OF VITICULTURE, FLORICULTURE AND VEGETABLE CORPS) on effects of climate and diversification on population structures and host selection behaviour of parasitoids of the olive fruit fly Bactrocera oleae. 

Check also other projects on biocontrol within Wageningen University and Research!