Nikolay Dimov of the MESA+ research institute at the University of Twente has developed a new device for investigating the behaviour of insects.The device was inspired by the female moth, which attracts males using chemicals known as pheromones. The device – which is in effect a miniature laboratory – is able to reproduce these pheromones and release them into the air. In a wind tunnel, this piece of technology proved just as irresistible to male moths as a virgin female moth. Dimov will defend his PhD thesis on this subject on Friday 27 April at the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Many insects communicate with each other by releasing chemical signals, which are also known as pheromones. For example, female moths give out specific chemicals which they use to attract males. Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a device (known as a ‘chemo-emitter system’) that can mimic this process. The device has been developed as an aid for researching insect behaviour.