PhD project

Project 14 Microbiota mediated food protection against lepidopteran pathogens (FR)

Caterpillars are a nightmare for many farmers that have jeopardized agricultural systems worldwide, over many years. Synthetic insecticides to control them may fail due to the pests becoming increasingly resistant, and they negatively impact beneficial insects and the environment at large. Thankfully, biological control methods such as the use of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses have proven their efficacy. However, this efficacy varies with the different plants on which the caterpillars feed. Therefore, we need to investigate the link between the caterpillar diet and the infection process of microbial control agents.