insect-killing nematodes used in biological control of certain insect root herbivores.
belowground trophic interactions
damage roots are recruiting insect's natural enemies as body-guards.
from the lab to the field
taking principles from the lab to field application for a better soil health and agriculture.
using up-to-date biotechnologies to enhance the effectiveness of natural enemies in the field.
biological control of soil-dwelling pests
there are sustainable management options cryptic insect herbivores in the ground.
Soil-dwelling pest behavior
understanding how insect root herbivore locate their host offers alternate control strategies.
Fascinated by the complexity of our surrounding world, I study chemical interactions between plants, insect herbivores and natural enemies of the pests. So-called tritrophic interactions have implications in biological control of pests.
Specialized in the belowground trophic interactions, I am interested in improving management of crop pests as well as plant protection to the development of sustainable agriculture. I also aim at describing unraveled rhizospheric processes and their underlaying chemical ecology.