Insect pathogenic fungi infect and kill insects and mites, but these fungi can also associate with plants and this association can affect plant-herbivore interactions. The thesis project will focus on experimental applications of the insect pathogenic fungus Metarhizium spp. to root systems of strawberry plants and evaluate if the fungi can cause effects on populations of spider mites (Tetranychus urticae) and/or aphids. Effects of predation by predatory mites on plants with/without fungus application can also be studied. Further, the induction of plant defence system pathways and their relations to effects on herbivores can be evaluated by application of molecular techniques (quantify gene expression, etc.). The specific aim of the project will depend on the interest of the student. The thesis project will be affiliated with the on-going research projects CombiControl (funded by Danish Environmental Protection Agency) and EXCALIBUR (funded by the EU https://www.excaliburproject.eu/overview/). There may be possibilities for paid work in these projects during the period.
MSc thesis: Applied fungus-plant-herbivore interactions in strawberry production at Københavns Universitet
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