Risk assessment studies on non-target insects

We dedicate special attention to the environmental risks possibly associated with natural and synthetic compounds of different origin.

Risk assessment studies are conducted on non-target insects species (i.e., honeybees, wild bees, predators and parasitoids) to determine acute toxicity, median lethal concentrations, and the sub-lethal consequences on their behaviour and development. Observations are also conducted to evaluate the effects on the insect immune-system and on their microbiota (symbionts and other beneficial microorganisms inhabiting their body).

For specific studies on insect biochemistry and physiology we have developed a house fly (Musca domestica)-based model.