Insects owe much of their evolutionary success to microbes. Through various interactions microorganisms serve insects a multitude of functions such as supplementing nutrients, contributing to host-plant adaptation or as a source of semiochemicals. Consequently, the associated microbiome is sometimes the primary cause for phenotypes insects display in their natural habitat as well as in agro-ecosystems.
The entomological laboratory at Gilat is currently seeking for graduate students to examine interactions with environmental or gut-associated microbes. Current projects include:
- Female oviposition and larval feeding behaviors in olive flies and their association to gut bacteria. How does it all relate to the fly's preference for certain olive cultivars?
- How does the microbiome affect the development of Drosophila fruit flies in grapes? Can these associations be manipulated for control purposes?
For details:Michael Ben-Yosef firstname.lastname@example.org