Laboratory of Applied Entomology
Current research projects
Staff of the Laboratory of applied entomology together with Norwegian colleagues from Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet (NMBU) and Norsk institutt for bioøkonomi (NIBIO) in Ås (Norway) coordinate the project „A common platform for sharing experiences and education of students in the field of forest entomology“. The project is based on short term exchanges of students and academic staff, sharing of knowledge and common research of diapause and photoperiodism in the Central European polyvoltine and Scandinavian univoltine populations of the spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus. The project NF-CZ07-ICP-4-318-2016 is financed through EEA and Norway Grants.
New alternative approaches in pest control of the horse-chestnut leafminer Cameraria ohridella
New data on applicability of entomopathogenic fungi against important insect pest of the horse-chestnut leafminer Cameraria ohridella will be obtained. It will be verified if the fungi have any negative effects on biodiversity of the leafminer parasitoids.
Implementation of GM maize resistant to insect pests and tolerate non-selective herbicides in the ČR
Assessment of the impact of genetically modified maize on the biotic components of agroecosystem is the purpose of this project. The study is performed with maize MON 88017 that tolerates the herbicide glyphosate and resists the attack by the rootworm. This pest, which was introduced to EU from USA, rapidly spreads and has occupied some of the maize-growing regions of the country. Current methods of its chemical and biological control are not satisfying and GM maize is therefore considered as their alternative, providing that no adverse effects on the non-target organisms are found. Herbicide-tolerant crops dominate the GM crop market but their cultivation in EU has not been allowed so far.