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Dr. J.A.J. (Hans) Breeuwer

Associate Professor Molecular Evolutionary Biology
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Photographer: Jan van Arkel

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
  • Room number: C3.208
Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Research Interests

    • Evolutionary and ecological genetics of speciation
    • Evolution of host-symbiont associations
    • Genetics of reproductive systems
    • Phylogeny and phylogeography of mites and insects
    • Conservation genetics


    Reseach projects

    • Genetics of post zygotic reproductive isolation in spider mites
    • The role of Wolbachia and Cardinium endosymbionts in speciation of the spider mite genus Tetranychus
    • Evolutionary genetics of Wolbachia-induced parthenogenesis in thelytokous mites of the genus Bryobia
    • Evolutionary genetics of thelytokous reproduction in the Brevipalpus mite-Cardinium symbiont system
    • The role of gut micro-organisms in thrips host plant adaptation and thrips biotype formation
    • Conservation genetics of the grass snake Natrix natrix and other repetiles in the Netherlands


    Bachelor program:
        Genetics and Evolution
        Research Project Challenges in Ecology
        Bachelor Thesis
    Master program:
        MSc Forensic Science

        MSc Ecology and Evolution

  • Publications


    • Kroes, R., Winkel, Y., Breeuwer, J. A. J., van Loon, E. E., Loader, S. P., Maclaine, J. S., Verdonschot, P. F. M., & van der Geest, H. G. (2023). Phylogenetic analysis of museum specimens of houting Coregonus oxyrinchus shows the need for a revision of its extinct status. BMC ecology and evolution, 23(1), Article 57.


    • Villacis-Perez, E., Alba, J. M., Cotte, J., van Loon, Z., Breeuwer, J. A. J., & Van Leeuwen, T. (2022). Interactions With Plant Defences Isolate Sympatric Populations of an Herbivorous Mite. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10, Article 819894.



    • Navia, D., Novelli, V. M., Rombauts, S., Freitas-Astúa, J., De Mendonça, R. S., Nunes, M. A., Machado, M. A., Lin, Y. C., Le, P., Zhang, Z., Grbić, M., Wybouw, N., Breeuwer, J. A. J., Van Leeuwen, T., & Van de Peer, Y. (2019). Draft genome assembly of the false spider mite brevipalpus yothersi. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 8(6), Article e01563-18.
    • Navia, D., Novelli, V. M., Rombauts, S., Freitas-Astúa, J., de Mendonça, R. S., Nunes, M. A., Machado, M. A., Lin, Y. C., Le, P., Zhang, Z., Grbić, M., Wybouw, N., Breeuwer, J. A. J., Van Leeuwen, T., & de Peerc, Y. V. (2019). Erratum for Navia et al., “Draft Genome Assembly of the False Spider Mite Brevipalpus yothersi”. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 8(27).


    • van den Burg, M. P., Meirmans, P. G., Van Wagensveld, T. P., Kluskens, B., Madden, H., Welch, M. E., & Breeuwer, J. A. J. (2018). The Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima) on St. Eustatius: Genetically Depauperate and Threatened by Ongoing Hybridization. Journal of Heredity, 109(4), 426-437. [details]




    • Sato, Y., Breeuwer, J. A. J., Egas, M., & Sabelis, M. W. (2015). Incomplete premating and postmating reproductive barriers between two parapatric populations of a social spider mite. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 65(3), 277-291. Advance online publication. [details]


    • Loayza-Muro, R. A., de Baat, M., Palomino, E. J., Kuperus, P., Kraak, M. H. S., Admiraal, W., & Breeuwer, H. (2014). Metals and altitude drive genetic diversity of chironomids in Andean streams. Freshwater Biology, 59(1), 56-63. [details]
    • Sourassou, N. F., Hanna, R., Breeuwer, J. A. J., Negloh, K., de Moraes, G. J., & Sabelis, M. W. (2014). The endosymbionts Wolbachia and Cardinium and their effects in three populations of the predatory mite Neoseiulus paspalivorus. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 64(2), 207-221. [details]


    • Famah Sourassou, N., Hanna, R., Negloh, K., Breeuwer, J. A. J., & Sabelis, M. W. (2013). Females as intraguild predators of males in cross-pairing experiments with phytoseiid mites. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 61(2), 173-182. [details]
    • Loayza Muro, R. A., Marticorena-Ruíz, J. K., Palomino, E. J., Merrit, C., Breeuwer, J. A. J., Kuperus, P., Kraak, M. H. S., & Admiraal, W. (2013). Ultraviolet-B-driven pigmentation and genetic diversity of benthic macroinvertebrates from high-altitude Andean streams. Freshwater Biology, 58(8), 1710-1719. [details]


    • Ros, V. I. D., Fleming, V. M., Feil, E. J., & Breeuwer, J. A. J. (2012). Diversity and recombination in Wolbachia and Cardinium from Bryobia spider mites. BMC Microbiology, 12(Suppl 1), Article S13. [details]
    • Sourassou, N. F., Hanna, R., Zannou, I., Breeuwer, J. A. J., de Moraes, G., & Sabelis, M. W. (2012). Morphological, molecular and cross-breeding analysis of geographic populations of coconut-mite associated predatory mites identified as Neoseiulus baraki: evidence for cryptic species? Experimental and Applied Acarology, 57(1), 15-36. [details]
    • de Vries, E. J., van de Wetering, F., van der Hoek, M. M., Jacobs, G., & Breeuwer, J. A. J. (2012). Symbiotic bacteria (Erwinia sp.) in the gut of Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) do not affect its ability to transmit tospovirus. European Journal of Entomology, 109(2), 261-266. [details]


    • Soeter, A. M., Bakker, F. A. A., Velthuis, M., Verweij, R. A., Hoitinga, L., Marinkovic, M., Kraak, M. H. S., & Breeuwer, J. A. J. (2010). The selective environment: genetic adaptation of the midge Chironomus riparius to metal pollution. Proceedings of the Netherlands Entomological Society Meeting, 21, 85-94. [details]
    • Xavier, J. R., Rachello-Dolmen, P. G., Parra-Velandia, F., Schönberg, C. H. L., Breeuwer, J. A. J., & van Soest, R. W. M. (2010). Molecular evidence of cryptic speciation in the "cosmopolitan" excavating sponge Cliona celata (Porifera, Clionaidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 56(1), 13-20. [details]
    • Xavier, J. R., van Soest, R. W. M., Breeuwer, J. A. J., Martins, A. M. F., & Menken, S. B. J. (2010). Phylogeography, genetic diversity and structure of the poecilosclerid sponge Phorbas fictitius at oceanic islands. Contributions to Zoology, 79(3), 119-129. [details]


    • Boonstra, M., Asselman, M., Maas, P., Verweij, R. A., Breeuwer, J. A. J., & Kraak, M. H. S. (2009). Persistence of chironomids in metal polluted environments. Proceedings of the Netherlands Entomological Society Meeting, 20, 9-15. [details]
    • Ros, V. I. D., & Breeuwer, J. A. J. (2009). The effects of, and interactions between, Cardinium and Wolbachia in the doubly infected spider mite Bryobia sarothamni. Heredity, 102(4), 413-422. [details]
    • Ros, V. I. D., Fleming, V. M., Feil, E. J., & Breeuwer, J. A. J. (2009). How diverse is the genus Wolbachia? Multiple-gene sequencing reveals a putatively new Wolbachia supergroup recovered from spider mites (Acari: Tetranychidae). Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75(4), 1036-1043. [details]



    • Breeuwer, JAJ., & Jacobs, G. (1996). Wolbachia: Intracellular manipulators of mite reproduction. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 20(8), 421-434.


    • Breeuwer, H., & Werren, J. H. (1993). CYTOPLASMIC INCOMPATIBILITY AND BACTERIAL DENSITY IN NASONIA-VITRIPENNIS. Genetics, 135(2), 565-574.
    • Breeuwer, H., & Werren, J. H. (1993). EFFECT OF GENOTYPE ON CYTOPLASMIC INCOMPATIBILITY BETWEEN 2 SPECIES OF NASONIA. Heredity, 70, 428-436.
    • Stouthamer, R., Breeuwer, H., LUCK, RF., & Werren, J. H. (1993). MOLECULAR-IDENTIFICATION OF MICROORGANISMS ASSOCIATED WITH PARTHENOGENESIS. Nature, 361(6407), 66-68.




    • Breeuwer, H., Ros, V. I. D., & Groot, T. V. M. (2012). Cardinium: the next addition to the family of reproductive parasites. In E. Zchori-Fein, & K. Bourtzis (Eds.), Manupulative tenants: bacteria associated with arthropods (pp. 207-224). (Frontiers in microbiology; No. 1). Baco Raton, FL: CRC Press. [details]


    • Breeuwer, J. A. J. (2010). Cause and consequence of haploid females in Brevipalpus mites.


    Membership / relevant position

    • Breeuwer, H. (2018-2022). De Uyttenboogaart-Eliasen Stichting tot bevordering van de entomologische wetenschap werd in 1937 opgericht door Dr D.L. Uyttenboogaart en zijn vrouw (…), Uyttenboogaart-Eliasen Stichting.
    • Breeuwer, H. (2018-2022). Entomologendag, Nederlandse Entomologische Vereniging - sectie Entomologendag.
    • Breeuwer, H. (2018-2022). De NEV is opgericht in 1845 en heeft als doel de studie van insecten, spinachtigen, duizendpoten en miljoenpoten te stimuleren. De vereniging (…), The Netherlands Entomological Society.
    • Breeuwer, H. (2018-2022). De stichting is in 1979 opgericht door de heer J.M.A. van Groenendael en zijn echtgenote mevrouw A.H. Krijger. Na het overlijden van de heer Van (…), Van Groenendael Krijger Stichting.
    • Breeuwer, H. (2014-2018). Uyttenboogaart-Eliasen Stichting.
    • Breeuwer, H. (2014-2018). Nederlands Entomological Society.


    • Villacís Pérez, E., Alba Cano, J., Cotte, J., van Loon, Z., Breeuwer, H. & Van Leeuwen, T. (6-4-2022). Interactions with plant defences isolate sympatric populations of an herbivorous mite_Datasets. Universiteit van Amsterdam.


    • Villacís Pérez, E., Menken, S., Van Leeuwen, T. & Breeuwer, H. (29-9-2021). Reproductive performance of female two-spotted spider mites on different host plants. Universiteit van Amsterdam.
    • Villacis Pérez, E. A., Snoeck, S., Kurlovs, A. H., Clark, R. M., Breeuwer, H. & Van Leeuwen, T. (1-6-2021). Juvenile survival of different spider mite genotypes on honeysuckle. Universiteit van Amsterdam.
    • Villacís Pérez, E., Snoeck, S., Kurlovs, A., Clark, R. M., Breeuwer, H. & Van Leeuwen, T. (1-6-2021). Plant species - spider mite associations. Universiteit van Amsterdam.
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  • Ancillary activities
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