Insect Pathology and Biological Control – Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab - Københavns Universitet

Contact research group leader

Jørgen Eilenberg
Professor
M: jei@plen.ku.dk
Ph: +45 35 33 26 92

Insects and mites are subject to infectious diseases which can seriously affect host fitness. We study fundamental and applied aspects of insect pathology.

The fundamental aspects range from studies on diversity and phylogenetics, evolution of infection processes and host defence mechanisms to the ecology and life cycles of insect pathogens.

The applied aspects of insect pathology are twofold: 1) developing insect pathogens as biological control agents of pest insects and mites to provide sustainable solutions for pest control, and 2) prevention of diseases in beneficial insects such as honey bees, other pollinators, predators and insects used for food and feed.

Our research is divided into five research topics.

Research themes

Current research projects

  • FLY IPM (funded by Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) and The University of Copenhagen).niv Göttingen, Germany, and others)
  • Inbiosoil (European R & D project, collaboration with Univ Göttingen, Germany, and others)
  • IMBICONT (collaboration with University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • PICTA KILL (collaboration with Univ Bielefeld and Julius Kühn Institute, Germany)
  • GREEiNSECT (funded by DANIDA, collaboration with Dept. Human Nutrition, Exercises and Sports and others)
  • inVALUABLE (funded by Innovation Fund Denmark, collaboration with Danish Technological Institute, Univ. Aarhus, Danish Technical University, Protifarm, Novozymes and others)
  • AgTrain PhD project (funded by EU, collaboration with Wageningen University , The Netherlands, and ICIPE, Kenya)

Group members

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