Profile photoLouise E.M. Vet is director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), the largest institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University.

She is a biologist with a broad interest in ecology and evolution of multitrophic interactions. Her research involves chemical, behavioural and molecular ecology of plants and insects in a community context, delivering basic knowledge for the strategic development of sustainable agro-ecosystems that are primarily based on the prevention of pests and diseases (life-support function of biodiversity). She is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Vet was awarded several international prizes for her research (e.g. British Rank Prize for Nutrition) and serves on a diversity of national and international boards and committees

Research interests

Positions:

Researcher

Director of the NIOO

Personal Page:  https://nioo.knaw.nl/nl/employees/louise-vet

 

Research Interests:

Louise Vet is a professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University and director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an ecologist with a broad interest in ecology and evolution, working on multitrophic interactions, parasitoid behaviour and especially parasitoid learning. Her research involves chemical, behavioural and molecular ecology of plants and insects in a multitrophic and community context. The research ranges from fundamental to strategic: from questions on the evolution of species traits and species interactions within communities to the strategic development of sustainable agro-ecosystems that are primarily based on the prevention of pests and diseases (life-support function of biodiversity). She is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Vet was awarded several international prizes (e.g. British Rank Prize for Nutrition). 

Keywords:

Evolutionary ecology of multitrophic systems;

Search strategy and life history of insect parasitoids;

Role of infochemicals; Information processing;

Ecogenomics

Research output

  1. Honeydew composition and its effect on life-history parameters of hyperparasitoids

    van Neerbos, F. A. C., de Boer, J. G., Salis, L., Tollenaar, W., Kos, M., Vet, L. E. M. & Harvey, J. A., 30 Sep 2019, In : Ecological Entomology. Online
  2. Applying the Aboveground-Belowground Interaction Concept in Agriculture: Spatio-Temporal Scales Matter

    Veen, G. F., Wubs, E. R. J., Bardgett, R. D., Barrios, E., Bradford, M. A., Carvalho, S., De Deyn, G., De Vries, F. T., Giller, K. E., Kleijn, D., Landis, D. A., Rossing, W. A. H., Schrama, M., Six, J., Struik, P. C., van Gils, S., Wiskerke, J. S. C., van der Putten, W. H. & Vet, L. E. M., 14 Aug 2019, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7
  3. Effects of temperature and food source on reproduction and longevity of aphid hyperparasitoids of the genera Dendrocerus and Asaphes

    de Boer, J. G., Salis, L., Tollenaar, W., van Heumen, L. J. M., Costaz, T. P. M., Harvey, J. A., Kos, M. & Vet, L. E. M., 2019, In : BioControl. 64, 3, p. 277-290
  4. Integrating Parasitoid Olfactory Conditioning in Augmentative Biological Control: Potential Impact, Possibilities, and Challenges

    Kruidhof, H. M., Kostenko, O., Smid, H. M. & Vet, L. E. M., 2019, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7, fevo.2019.00084.
  5. Serious mismatches continue between science and policy in forest bioenergy

    Norton, M., Baldi, A., Buda, V., Carli, B., Cudlin, P., Jones, M. B., Korhola, A., Michalski, R., Novo, F., Oszlányi, J., Santos, F. D., Schink, B., Shepherd, J., Vet, L., Walloe, L. & Wijkman, A., 2019, In : GCB Bioenergy. 11, 11, p. 1256-1263
  6. Associative learning of host presence in non-host environments influences parasitoid foraging

    de Rijk, M., Cegarra Sanchez, V., Smid, H. M., Engel, B., Vet, L. E. M. & Poelman, E. H., 2018, In : Ecological Entomology. 43, 3, p. 318-325
  7. Automated high-throughput individual tracking system for insect behavior: Applications on memory retention in parasitic wasps

    de Bruijn, J. A. C., Vet, L. E. M., Jongsma, M. A. & Smid, H. M., 2018, In : Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 309, p. 208-217 10 p.
  8. Costs of Persisting Unreliable Memory: Reduced Foraging Efficiency for Free-Flying Parasitic Wasps in a Wind Tunnel

    de Bruijn, J. A. C., Vet, L. E. M. & Smid, H. M., 2018, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 6, 160.
  9. Comparing and contrasting life history variation in four aphid hyperparasitoids

    Buitenhuis, R., Harvey, J. A., Vet, L. E. M., Boivin, G. & Brodeur, J., 2017, In : Ecological Entomology. 42, 3, p. 325-335 11 p.
  10. Integrating insect life history and food plant phenology: flexible maternal choice is adaptive.

    Fei, M., Harvey, J. A., Weldegergis, B., Huang, T., Reijngoudt, K., Vet, L. E. M. & Gol, R., 2016, In : International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 17, 8, 1263.
  11. The complexity of learning, memory and neural processes in an evolutionary ecological context

    Smid, H. M. & Vet, L. E. M., 2016, In : Current Opinion in Insect Science. 15, June, p. 61-69
  12. Closing Domestic Nutrient Cycles Using Microalgae

    Fernandes, T. V., Shrestha, R., Sui, Y., Papini, G., Zeeman, G., Vet, L. E. M., Wijffels, R. & Lamers, P., 2015, In : Environmental Science and Technology. 49, 20, p. 12450-12456
  13. Differentially expressed genes linked to natural variation in long-term memory formation in Cotesia parasitic wasps

    Van Vugt, J. J. F. A., Hoedjes, K. M., Van de Geest, H. C., Schijlen, E. W. G. M., Vet, L. E. M. & Smid, H. M., 2015, In : Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 9, 255, 2015.00255.
  14. Habitat complexity reduces parasitoid foraging efficiency, but does not prevent orientation towards learned host plant odours

    Kruidhof, M., Roberts, A. L., Magdaraog, P. M., Munoz, P., Gols, R., Vet, L. E. M., Hoffmeister, T. & Harvey, J., 2015, In : Oecologia. 179, 2, p. 353-361
  15. Learning-induced gene expression in the heads of two Nasonia species that differ in long-term memory formation

    Hoedjes, K. M., Smid, H. M., Schijlen, E. GWM., Vet, L. EM. & van Vugt, J. JFA., 2015, In : BMC Genomics. 16, 1, 162.
  16. Introgression study reveals two quantitative trait loci involved in interspecific variation in memory retention among Nasonia wasp species

    Hoedjes, K. M., Smid, H. M., Vet, L. E. M. & Werren, J. H., 2014, In : Heredity. 113, p. 542-550
  17. Unravelling reward value: the effect of host value on memory retention in Nasonia parasitic wasps

    Hoedjes, K. M., Kralemann, L. E. M., van Vugt, J. J. F. A., Vet, L. E. M. & Smid, H. M., 2014, In : Animal Behaviour. 96, p. 1-7 7 p.
  18. Variation in plant defences among populations of a range-expanding plant: consequences for trophic interactions

    Fortuna, T. M., Eckert, S., Harvey, J. A., Vet, L. E. M., Mueller, C. & Gols, R., 2014, In : New Phytologist. 204, 4, p. 989-999 11 p.
  19. An ecogenomic analysis of herbivore-induced plant volatiles in Brassica juncea

    Mathur, V., Tytgat, T. O. G., Hordijk, C. A., Harhangi, H. R., Jansen, J. J., Reddy, A. S., Harvey, J. A., Vet, L. E. M. & Van Dam, N. M., 2013, In : Molecular Ecology. 22, 24, p. 6179-6196
  20. A novel indirect defence in Brassicaceae: Structure and function of extrafloral nectaries in Brassica juncea

    Mathur, V., Wagenaar, R., Caissard, J. C., Sankara Reddy, A., Vet, L. E. M., Cortesero, A. M. & Van Dam, N. M., 2013, In : Plant Cell and Environment. 36, 3, p. 528-541
  21. A tritrophic approach to the preference–performance hypothesis involving an exotic and a native plant

    Fortuna, T., Woelke, J., Hordijk, C. A., Jansen, J., van Dam, N. M., Vet, L. E. M. & Harvey, J. A., 2013, In : Biological Invasions. 15, 11, p. 2387-2401
  22. Dealing with double trouble: consequences of single and double herbivory in Brassica juncea

    Mathur, V., Tytgat, T. O. G., de Graaf, R., Kalia, V., Reddy, A. S., Vet, L. E. M. & Van Dam, N. M., 2013, In : Chemoecology. 23, 2, p. 71-82
  23. Effect of belowground herbivory on parasitoid associative learning of plant odours

    Kruidhof, H. M., De Rijk, M., Hoffmann, D., Harvey, J. A., Vet, L. E. M. & Soler Gamborena, R., 2013, In : Oikos. 122, 7, p. 1094-1100
  24. Genetic engineering of plant volatile terpenoids: effects on a herbivore, a predator and a parasitoid

    Kos, M., Houshyani, B., Overeem, A. J., Bouwmeester, H. J., Weldegergis, B. T., van Loon, J. J. A., Dicke, M. & Vet, L. E. M., 2013, In : Pest Management Science. 69, 2, p. 302-311
  25. Variation in herbivore-induced plant volatiles corresponds with spatial heterogeneity in the level of parasitoid competition and parasitoid exposure to hyperparasitism

    Poelman, E. H., Harvey, J. A., van Loon, J. J. A., Vet, L. E. M. & Dicke, M., 2013, In : Functional Ecology. 27, 5, p. 1107-1116
  26. Development of a hyperparasitoid wasp in different stages of its primary parasitoid and secondary herbivore hosts

    Harvey, J. A., Gols, R., Vet, L. E. M. & Kruidhof, H. M., 2012, In : Journal of Insect Physiology. 58, 11, p. 1463-1468
  27. Effects of an invasive plant on the performance of two parasitoids with different host exploitation strategies

    Fortuna, T., Vet, L. E. M. & Harvey, J. A., 2012, In : Biological Control. 62, 3, p. 213-220
  28. Effects of glucosinolates on a generalist and specialist leaf-chewing herbivore and an associated parasitoid

    Kos, M., Houshyani, B., Wietsma, R., Kabouw, P., Vet, L. E. M., van Loon, J. J. A. & Dicke, M., 2012, In : Phytochemistry. 77, p. 162-170
  29. Herbivore-mediated effects of glucosinolates on different natural enemies of a specialist aphid

    Kos, M., Houshyani, B., Achhami, B. B., Wietsma, R., Gols, R., Weldegergis, B. T., Kabouw, P., Bouwmeester, H. J., Vet, L. E. M., Dicke, M. & van Loon, J. J. A., 2012, In : Journal of Chemical Ecology. 38, 1, p. 100-115
  30. High throughput olfactory conditioning and memory retention test reveal variation in Nasonia parasitic wasps

    Hoedjes, K. M., Steidle, J. L. M., Werren, J. H., Vet, L. E. M. & Smid, H. M., 2012, In : Genes Brain and Behavior. 11, 7, p. 879-887
  31. Hyperparasitoids Use Herbivore-Induced Plant Volatiles to Locate Their Parasitoid Host

    Poelman, E. H., Bruinsma, M., Zhu, F., Weldegergis, B. T., Jongema, Y., van Loon, J. J. A., Vet, L. E. M., Harvey, J. A. & Dicke, M., 2012, In : PLoS Biology. 10, 11, e1001435.
  32. Optimal resource allocation to survival and reproduction in parasitic wasps foraging in fragmented habitats

    Wajnberg, E., Coquillard, P., Vet, L. E. M. & Hoffmeister, T., 2012, In : PLoS One. 7, 6, e38227.
  33. Reward Value Determines Memory Consolidation in Parasitic Wasps

    Kruidhof, H. M., Pashalidou, F., Fatouros, N. E., Figueroa, I. A., Vet, L. E. M., Smid, H. M. & Huigens, M. E., 2012, In : PLoS One. 7, 8, e39615.
  34. Root and shoot jasmonic acid induction differently affects the foraging behavior of Cotesia glomerata under semi-field conditions

    Qiu, B. L., Van Dam, N. M., Harvey, J. A. & Vet, L. E. M., 2012, In : BioControl. 57, 3, p. 387-395
  35. Root herbivore effects on aboveground multitrophic interactions: Patterns, processes and mechanisms

    Soler, R., Van der Putten, W. H., Harvey, J. A., Vet, L. E. M., Dicke, M. & Bezemer, T. M., 2012, In : Journal of Chemical Ecology. 38, 6, p. 755-767
  36. Natural variation in learning and memory dynamics studied by artificial selection on learning rate in parasitic wasps.

    Van den Berg, M., Duivenvoorde, L., Wang, G., Tribuhl, S., Bukovinszky, T., Vet, L. E. M., Dicke, M. & Smid, H. M., 2011, In : Animal Behaviour. 81, 1, p. 325-333
  37. Natural variation in learning rate and memory dynamics in parasitoid wasps: opportunities for converging ecology and neuroscience

    Hoedjes, K. M., Kruidhof, H. M., Huigens, M. E., Dicke, M., Vet, L. E. M. & Smid, H. M., 2011, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 278, 1707, p. 889-897
  38. Prey-mediated effects of glucosinolates on aphid predators

    Kos, M., Kabouw, P., Noordam, R., Hendriks, K., Vet, L. E. M., van Loon, J. J. A. & Dicke, M., 2011, In : Ecological Entomology. 36, 3, p. 377-388
  39. Relative importance of plant-mediated bottom-up and top-down forces on herbivore abundance on Brassica oleracea

    Kos, M., Broekgaarden, C., Kabouw, P., Oude Lenferink, K., Poelman, E. H., Vet, L. E. M., Dicke, M. & van Loon, J. J. A., 2011, In : Functional Ecology. 25, 5, p. 1113-1124
  40. Temporal dynamics of herbivore-induced responses in Brassica juncea and their effect on generalist and specialist herbivores

    Mathur, V., Ganta, S., Raaijmakers, C. E., Reddy, A. S., Vet, L. E. M. & Van Dam, N. M., 2011, In : Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 139, 3, p. 215-225
  41. The 'usurpation hypothesis' revisited: dying caterpillar repels attack from a hyperparasitoid wasp

    Harvey, J. A., Tanaka, T., Kruidhof, H. M., Vet, L. E. M. & Gols, R., 2011, In : Animal Behaviour. 81, 6, p. 1281-1287
  42. Behaviour of male and female parasitoids in the field: influence of patch size, host density and habitat complexity

    Bezemer, T. M., Harvey, J. A., Kamp, A. F. D., Wagenaar, R., Gols, R., Kostenko, O., Fortuna, T., Engelkes, T., Vet, L. E. M., Van der Putten, W. H. & Soler, R., 2010, In : Ecological Entomology. 35, 3, p. 341-351
  43. CREB expression in the brains of two closely related parasitic wasp species that differ in long-term memory formation

    Van den Berg, M., Verbaarschot, P., Hontelez, S., Vet, L. E. M., Dicke, M. & Smid, H. M., 2010, In : Insect Molecular Biology. 19, 3, p. 367-379
  44. Ecological fits, mis-fits and lotteries involving insect herbivores on the invasive plant, Bunias orientalis

    Harvey, J. A., Biere, A., Fortuna, T., Vet, L. E. M., Engelkes, T., Morriën, W. E., Gols, R., Verhoeven, K. J. F., Vogel, H., Macel, M., Heidel-Fischer, H., Schramm, K. & Van der Putten, W. H., 2010, In : Biological Invasions. 12, 9, p. 3045-3059
  45. Herbivore-induced plant responses in Brassica oleracea prevail over effects of constitutive resistance and result in enhanced herbivore attack

    Poelman, E. H., van Loon, J. J. A., Van Dam, N. M., Dicke, M. & Vet, L. E. M., 2010, In : Ecological Entomology. 35, 2, p. 240-247
  46. Identification of biologically relevant compounds in aboveground and belowground induced volatile blends

    Van Dam, N. M., Qiu, B., Hordijk, C. A., Vet, L. E. M. & Jansen, J. J., 2010, In : Journal of Chemical Ecology. 36, 9, p. 1006-1016

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