The two-spotted spider mite is an economically important pest of field and greenhouse crops. Control of spider mites is mainly achieved by acaricide application. However, due to their favourable life-table parametres, spider mites rapidly develop resistance to these acaricides. Knowledge on the mode of action of acaricides and resistance mechanisms in spider mites is limited. Recently, the complete genome of the spider mite was sequenced, opening the door for new and innovative techniques to study resistance in spider mites. Peter Demaeght implements these techniques.
P.A. Demaeght, A Genomic Approach to Investigate Resistance Mechanisms in the Two-Spotted Spider Mite Tetranychus Urticae.
Prof. S.B.J. Menken
Prof. L. Tirry (Gent University)
Dr T.B.S. van Leeuwen
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