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Lab. nameApplied Entomology Lab 
Principal Investigator Lara Maistrello 
ComponentsLara Maistrello  (Principal Investigator - Research Scientist )
Giacomo Bulgarini  (Dottorando )
Elena Costi   (Assegnista )
Giacomo Benassi  (Assegnista )
Emanuele Di Bella  (Assegnista )
Laura Macavei  (Assegnista )
Description• Biology and sustainable management of invasive alien insects in agricultural ecosystems. Investigations on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Halyomorpha halys: biology, ecology, innovative solutions for field monitoring and sustainable management strategies. • Valorization of organic substrates using insects, in the circular economy perspective. In particular, use of the black soldier fly Hermetia illucens for the valorization of byproducts and waste of the agro-food chains to obtain compounds useful in agriculture and in the feed/food industry. • Forensic entomology consultancy services and innovative management strategies for stored products and wood pests in facilities for food production and storage, cultural heritage and urban environments. • Xylophagous insects in the vineyards (termites and wood-boring beetles): damage assessment and study of possible interactions with wood pathogens. • Preserving honeybee health: the role of multiple infestations/infections in colony losses phenomena; control strategies for Nosema infections using natural compounds.  
Addressvia Giovanni Amendola, 2 - Padiglione Besta - 42122 Reggio Emilia 
KeywordsSustainable pest management, invasive insects, insects as resources, stored product pests, biological control 
ERC Sectors LS8_2 Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics LS8_4 Biodiversity, conservation biology, conservation genetics, invasion biology LS8_7 Animal behaviour LS9_4 Plant sciences (including crop production, plant breeding, agroecology, soil biology)  
InstrumentationStereomicroscope Zeiss (Stemi 2000) and 1 Trinocular Biological Microscope, both with digital image acquisition system; Climatic chamber (Cavallo 1400 CFLU); 4 illuminated refrigerator thermostats; 1 incubator; 2 refrigerators; 2 freezers; 1 Floor-mounted autoclave; 1 Laminar flow hood (Aquaria GP Flow Standard STD H s.n 284/14); 1 precision balance; Equipment for protein and nucleic acid gel electrophoresis; digital thermal camera combined with tablet for image acquisition; 1 scalable pilot plant for massive rearing of black soldier fly larvae; 5 "nurseries" for black soldier flies mating adults to obtain mass production of eggs  
Research Lines Plant, animal and microbial research for functional and sustainable food

Methodologies • Insect rearing (different species: H. halys, H. illucens, Lepidopteran and Coleopteran stored product pests). • Different types of bioassays for insects: e.g. to evaluate the effects of chemical and physical stimuli on different biological parameters; behavioural bioassays, Life table studies, test with entomopathogens, etc. • Field surveys using different techniques for studies on ecology and sustainable management strategies