Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

3D - Reconstruction

3D reconstructions based on serial sections of semi-thin sections (LM) and MicroCT and Synchrotron Electron Tomography data are processed for different  purposes in the lab. Current projects involve questions about joint-free movements in the ovipositors of parasitoid wasps and the stylets of bugs as well as the comparative head morphology of rove beetles.
The lab is equipped with two reconstruction workstations of different processor, RAM and GPU capacities and drawing tablets.

Key publications using 3D-Reconstructions

Eggs, B., Birkhold, A., Röhrle, O., Betz, O. (2018): Structure and function of the musculoskeletal ovipositor system of an ichneumonid wasp, BMC Zoology,3 (12),

Nadein, K. & Betz, O. (2018): Jumping mechanisms and performance in beetles. II. Weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Rhamphini), Arthropod Struct. Dev., 47, 131-143.

Nadein, K. & Betz, O. (2016): Jumping mechanisms and performance in beetles. I: Flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticini),  Journal of Experimental Biology, 219, 2015-2027. doi:10.1242/jeb.140533

Weide, D., Thayer, M.K., Betz, O. (2014): Comparative morphology of the tentorium and hypopharyngeal-premental sclerites in sporophagous and non-sporophagous adult Aleocharinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), Acta Zoologica, 95, 84-110.

Osterauer, R., Marschner, L., Betz, O., Gerberding, M., Sawasdee, B., Cloetens, P., Haus, N., Sures, B., Triebskorn, R., Köhler, H.-R. (2010): Turning snails into slugs: Induced body plan changes and formation of an internal shell. Evolution and Development, 12 (5), 474-483.

Dieterich, A. & Betz, O. (2009): Elementsensitive Synchrotron-Mikrotomographie zur Darstellung von Zinkeinlagerungen in den Mandibeln ausgewählter Insekten, Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie, 17, 285-288.


Margarita Yavorskaya
Assistant Professor
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