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
Hartl, Nikoleta Mgr., PhD.
scientific researcher
Kautman, Matej Mgr.
Majzlan, Oto Prof., CSc.
senior researcher
Mangová, Barbara Mgr., PhD.
scientific researcher
Michalková, Veronika Mgr., PhD.
scientific researcher 02/5930 2134
Procházka, Emanuel Mgr., PhD.
scientific researcher 02/ 59302 kl. 647
Semelbauer, Marek Mgr., PhD.
scientific researcher
Steinhübel, Jakub Mgr. 02/54791054
Takáč, Peter RNDr., CSc.
senior researcher 02/5930 2642
Vidlička, Ľubomír RNDr., CSc.
head of section, senior researcher 02/5930 2640
Vršanský, Peter Mgr., PhD.
senior researcher
Weisová, Jana 02/5930 2629