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Innovative tools for rational control of the most difficult-to-manage pests (super pests) and the diseases they transmit


e-Forum for exchanges with end-users and policy makers

e-Forum for exchanges with end-users and policy makers

Project website

Project website where information about the project and the progress will be available

Report of the Kick-off meeting

Information about the Kick off meeting where all the partners will meet to make the plan of action

LabDisk specifications document and assay protocols

The novel molecular markers that will be included to the LabDisk in order to have fast and reliable results with low cost

Novel molecular markers for emerging resistance cases (target: >5)

We will investigate field populations sampled from various economically important crops that are reported by farmers and extension services to be particularly difficult to control with current chemical strategies, implying the evolution of resistance. We will prioritise cases of potent and novel resistance (i.e. chemistry that has not been previously compromised by resistance). As a consortium we are part of, or have access to, extensive monitoring networks, which will provide access to these resistant populations. The following compounds/pests will be included in the analysis: tetronic acids (keto-enols) – spirodiclofen, spiromesifen and spirotetramat / T. urticae, B. tabaci and M. persicae; pyflubumide, cyenopyrafen and cyflumetofen (most recently developed acaricides acting on Complex II of the mitochondrial electron transport chain, recently introduced to the market) / T. urticae; abamectin (a neurotoxic insecticide/acaricide of very low toxicity to mammals) / F. occidentalis, T. urticae; spinosad (a low toxicity insecticide of natural origin) / F. occidentalis; pymetrozine/flonicamid / B. tabaci and M. persicae.

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Substrate specificity and promiscuity of horizontally transferred UDP-glycosyltransferases in the generalist herbivore Tetranychus urticae

Author(s): Simon Snoeck, Nena Pavlidi, Dimitra Pipini, John Vontas, Wannes Dermauw, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Published in: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Issue 109, 2019, Page(s) 116-127, ISSN 0965-1748
DOI: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2019.04.010

Molecular and genetic analysis of resistance to METI-I acaricides in Iranian populations of the citrus red mite Panonychus citri

Author(s): Elaheh Shafiei Alavijeh, Jahangir Khajehali, Simon Snoeck, Rafaela Panteleri, Mohammad Ghadamyari, Wim Jonckheere, Sabina Bajda, Corinna Saalwaechter, Sven Geibel, Vassilis Douris, John Vontas, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Wannes Dermauw
Published in: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 2019, ISSN 0048-3575
DOI: 10.1016/j.pestbp.2019.12.009

Targeted mutagenesis using CRISPR-Cas9 in the chelicerate herbivore Tetranychus urticae

Author(s): Wannes Dermauw, Wim Jonckheere, Maria Riga, Ioannis Livadaras, John Vontas, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Published in: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Issue 120, 2020, Page(s) 103347, ISSN 0965-1748
DOI: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2020.103347

Resistance incidence and presence of resistance mutations in populations of Tetranychus urticae from vegetable crops in Turkey

Author(s): Emre İnak, Yasin Nazım Alpkent, Sultan Çobanoğlu, Wannes Dermauw, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Published in: Experimental and Applied Acarology, Issue 78/3, 2019, Page(s) 343-360, ISSN 0168-8162
DOI: 10.1007/s10493-019-00398-w

Convergent evolution of cytochrome P450s underlies independent origins of keto-carotenoid pigmentation in animals

Author(s): Nicky Wybouw, Andre H. Kurlovs, Robert Greenhalgh, Astrid Bryon, Olivia Kosterlitz, Yuki Manabe, Masahiro Osakabe, John Vontas, Richard M. Clark, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Published in: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Issue 286/1907, 2019, Page(s) 20191039, ISSN 0962-8452
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1039

High-resolution QTL mapping in Tetranychus urticae reveals acaricide-specific responses and common target-site resistance after selection by different METI-I acaricides

Author(s): Simon Snoeck, Andre H. Kurlovs, Sabina Bajda, René Feyereisen, Robert Greenhalgh, Ernesto Villacis-Perez, Olivia Kosterlitz, Wannes Dermauw, Richard M. Clark, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Published in: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Issue 110, 2019, Page(s) 19-33, ISSN 0965-1748
DOI: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2019.04.011

Identification and geographical distribution of pyrethroid resistance mutations in the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae

Author(s): Evangelia Katsavou, Spyros Vlogiannitis, Eleanor Karp‐Tatham, Damer P Blake, Aris Ilias, Christina Strube, Ilias Kioulos, Wannes Dermauw, Thomas Van Leeuwen, John Vontas
Published in: Pest Management Science, Issue 76/1, 2019, Page(s) 125-133, ISSN 1526-498X
DOI: 10.1002/ps.5582

Overexpression of an alternative allele of carboxyl/choline esterase 4 (CCE04) of Tetranychus urticae is associated with high levels of resistance to the keto‐enol acaricide spirodiclofen

Author(s): Peng Wei, Peter Demaeght, Kristof De Schutter, Linda Grigoraki, Vassiliki Labropoulou, Maria Riga, John Vontas, Ralf Nauen, Wannes Dermauw, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Published in: Pest Management Science, Issue 76/3, 2019, Page(s) 1142-1153, ISSN 1526-498X
DOI: 10.1002/ps.5627

Identification and characterization of new mutations in mitochondrial cytochrome b that confer resistance to bifenazate and acequinocyl in the spider mite Tetranychus urticae

Author(s): Seyedeh Masoumeh Fotoukkiaii, Zoë Tan, Wenxin Xue, Nicky Wybouw, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Published in: Pest Management Science, Issue 76/3, 2019, Page(s) 1154-1163, ISSN 1526-498X
DOI: 10.1002/ps.5628

Trait mapping in diverse arthropods by bulked segregant analysis

Author(s): Andre H Kurlovs, Simon Snoeck, Olivia Kosterlitz, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Richard M Clark
Published in: Current Opinion in Insect Science, Issue 36, 2019, Page(s) 57-65, ISSN 2214-5745
DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2019.08.004

Characterization of abamectin resistance in Iranian populations of European red mite, Panonychus ulmi Koch (Acari: Tetranychidae)

Author(s): Fariborz Rameshgar, Jahangir Khajehali, Ralf Nauen, Wannes Dermauw, Thomas Van Leeuwen
Published in: Crop Protection, Issue 125, 2019, Page(s) 104903, ISSN 0261-2194
DOI: 10.1016/j.cropro.2019.104903