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Rhizosphere bacteria are known to promote plant growth and induce systemic resistance to insect herbivores. This project will investigate whether the introduction of insect rest-stream materials, that are known to be colonized by particular rhizosphere ...
Rhizosphere bacteria are known to promote plant growth and induce systemic resistance to insect herbivores. This project will investigate whether the introduction of insect rest-stream materials, that are known to be colonized by particular rhizosphere bacteria, can induce resistance in aboveground plant tissues and enhance the attack of shoot-feeding insects by their antagonists such as parasitic wasps. The addition of an insect-derived rest-stream, shown to selectively enhance beneficial rhizosphere bacteria in the natural microbial community may provide a durable improvement of the rhizosphere microbial community with effects on plant resistance to insect pests. The research includes the assessment of plant growth, induction of resistance and behavioural effects on biological control agents, including underlying (molecular) mechanisms.
This research will be carried out within the NWO financed project entitled 'Closing the loop: exploiting sustainable insect production to improve soil, crop and animal health' in which soil ecologists, economists and entomologists collaborate.
We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled PhD candidate who can work in a multidisciplinary team in a collaborative spirit.
We have a vacancy for PhD position 'Soil microbes to enhance crop resistance and biological control of insect pests'. The position is embedded in the Laboratory of Entomology of Wageningen University with close collaboration with the Business Economics (BEC) group of Wageningen University and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). The research team of the Laboratory of Entomology consists of ambitious scientists and we aim at a multidisciplinary approach from cellular to community level to unravel biological phenomena underlying the functioning of plant-insect communities, insect vectored diseases, insect neurobiology and insects as food and feed. The Laboratory of Entomology is part of the Plant Sciences Group of the Wageningen University and Research Centre.
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