Project Description :
Insects are developing resistance to most pesticides and many of the new ones, such as the neonicotinoids, are banned because of their negative effect on pollinators. A new strategy that is being developed uses natural products or biopesticides that occur in nature and should have little or no effect on non-target organisms or the environment. These products probably have antimicrobial effects on the insect’s natural microbiome and may destroy these microbes. Maintaining a nearly constant microbiome for any organism is essential for that organism to survive. Our laboratory is just beginning some research on the role of these biopesticide compounds and the effect they have on adult fly survival, which we hypothesize would work via destruction or alteration of their normal microbiome.
The house fly is a major vector of human, food borne pathogens; and, a more focused national research program is being designed in an attempt to control both the fly plus an attempt to eliminate these pathogens from the fly.
The Stoffolano laboratory has an opening for 2 undergraduates to pursue studies testing one of these biopesticides against survival of the adult house fly. This is a competitive position: to be considered you must email Dr. Stoffolano (email@example.com) and make an appointment. Bring a copy of your resume to the interview.