PhD project

Project 3 Interactions between pathogens infecting crickets: who paves the way for the other? (DK)

Pathogens, especially the Acheta domesticus densovirus (AdDV), are threatening the mass production of house crickets Acheta domesticus. This pathogen is present in almost every cricket stock in a covert state. When it becomes virulent, AdDV eradicates the populations rapidly. I will examine the role of co-infections with bacterial and fungal entomopathogens and other stressors as possible triggers for the virulence of AdDV.