Biocontrol and Biotherapy

The Department of biocontrol and biotherapy has a long tradition in applied research utilizing results of basic science for agricultural, medical and environmental practice.

Larval therapy
– analysis of physiological and biochemical properties of saliva and other secrets/excretes in saprophagous flies to identify compounds enabling the healing process of chronic nonhealing wounds
– establishment of maggot debridement therapy (MDT) as the standard method for the treatment of chronic non-healing wounds in Slovakia

Biodegradation of manure produced by farm animals
– improvement in the mass rearing of the housefly (Musca domestica)
– optimization of manure biodegradation by the housefly larvae in industrial conditions
– testing of utilization of the produced organic fertilizer

The sterile insect technique – eradication and control of tse-tse flies
– improvement of bred colonies in mass rearing tse-tse flies (Glossina sp.)
– optimization of sterile insect technique in the tse-tse males
– training of scholars to improve breeding of tsetse colonies in Africa
– production of sterile male tsetse Glossina pallidipes competitive to wild males
– analysis of effects of various antibiotics and yeast extracts on intestinal bacterial symbionts and their impact on the overall fertility of tsetse flies

Pesticide-free control of the house fly and stable fly populations
– development of ecological methods for eradication of stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) and house fly (Musca domestica) in livestock farms in Slovakia

Other research
– systematics and taxonomy of various insect orders, mainly Blattaria, Diptera, Coleoptera and Neuroptera

Name / Position E-mail Phone
Barta, Marek Ing., PhD.

scientific researcher 037/6334211 kl. 138
Kautman, Matej Mgr. 02/5930 6215
Majzlan, Oto Prof., CSc.

senior researcher
Mangová, Barbara Mgr., PhD.

scientific researcher 02/5930 2635
Michalková, Veronika Mgr., PhD.

scientific researcher
Pecina, Peter Mgr.

PhD student
Procházka, Emanuel Mgr., PhD.

scientific researcher 02/5930 2647
Semelbauer, Marek Mgr., PhD.

scientific researcher
Steinhübel, Jakub Mgr. 02/5479 1054
Takáč, Peter RNDr., CSc.

senior researcher 02/5930 2642
Vidlička, Ľubomír doc. RNDr., CSc.

head of section, senior researcher 02/5930 2640
Vršanský, Peter Mgr., PhD.

senior researcher
Weisová, Jana 02/5930 2629