PhD project

Project 9 Virus discovery in reared insects (FR)

Black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens, BSF) are a marvel for the up-and-coming insect rearing industry. They are robust and can grow really big. They even produce their own antimicrobial peptides! However, diseases and disorders are becoming more noticeable in BSF. So, we need to find out which pathogens are responsible for these collections of symptoms and colony collapses.