Doutoral fellowships From 2018 to 2022
Jorge Miguel Vieira de Frias
Nelson Simões & Rui L. Reis
In the near future, the development of next generation of biopesticides is expected to be largely improved with the use of nanoparticles technology. The goal of this proposal is to develop a new bioinsecticide using nematode- toxins in nanocarriers. To this propose, we selected three insecticidal proteins produced by an entomopathogenic nematode (ScShK, ScKunitz and ScSrp) whose mode of action is already characterized, to develop nanoformulations. We plan to study the efficiency of these nanoformulations against the mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata and Drosophila melanogaster, one of the world's most destructive fruit pests.
We believe that this research will contribute with new scientific knowledge for development of more advanced insecticides based on natural/biological products derived from predators and parasitoids of insects allied with the benefits of nanotechnology where it’s important to use materials that are environment friendly, biodegradable, non- toxic degradation and low-cost.