Project

The Ecdysonreceptor, keyrole in the metamorphosis of insects and unique target in the integrated battle against important and resistent plague insects

Duration
01 January 2008 → 31 October 2012
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • General biology
    • Microbiology
    • Plant biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Horticultural production
    • Veterinary medicine
Keywords
insects
 
Project description

The ecdysonreceptor is studied from a multi-disciplininary research effort (molecular - cellular - fysiological) in the unique developmental process of metamorphosis in insects.The purpose is to gain insight in the presence and diversity of Ecr in different insect species en regulating factors. Through this molecular basis we attempt to better understand the unique character of metamorphosis in insects. The ability to intervene on a new and insect-specific target site offers valuable and human/environmentally friendly future possibilities in combatting important and resistant plague insects.