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INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY  

  

The research activity concerns general and applied entomology, using lepidopteran and dipteran larvae as experimental models. The morphofunctional characterization of absorbing epithelia provides the foundation for the in-depth characterization of the mechanism of action of novel natural insecticide molecules and microbial insecticides, and for the development of strategies to improve their efficacy through a targeted and eco-sustainable delivery. In addition, insects and their microbiota are exploited for the development of new processes for the biotransformation of low-value substrates, such as organic wastes and by-products of the agri-food industry, and plastics polymers. 



 Morena Casartelli

Associate Professor in General and Applied Entomology


Email: morena.casartelli@unimi.it

Phones: +39 02 503 14743

Address: ground floor / tower B

Thesis available: >>>

External links:ORCID

Keywords: Insect gut, Bioinsecticides, Insect biocontrol, Insect-mediated bioconversion

Main topics of the group:

  • Morphofunctional characterization of the insect gut
  • Mechanism of action of natural insecticide molecules and microbial bioinsecticides
  • Development of strategies for the targeted delivery of insecticide molecules
  • Use of RNAi for the functional characterization of insect genes and as tool for insect pest control
  • Exploitation of insects and their microbiota for the biodegradation and/or bioconversion of waste and by-products of the agri-food industry and plastics polymers 

 

Silvia Caccia Silvia Caccia

Associate Professor in General and Applied Entomology
 
  
Email: silvia.caccia@unimi.it

Phones: +39 02 503 14746

Address: ground floor / tower B

Thesis available: >>>

External link:ORCID

Keywords: Insect gut, Bioinsecticides, Insect biocontrol, Insect-mediated bioconversion

Main topics of the group:

  • Morphofunctional characterization of the insect gut
  • Mechanism of action of natural insecticide molecules and microbial bioinsecticides
  • Development of strategies for the targeted delivery of insecticide molecules
  • Use of RNAi for the functional characterization of insect genes and as tool for insect pest control
  • Exploitation of insects and their microbiota for the biodegradation and/or bioconversion of waste and by-products of the agri-food industry and plastics polymers
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