6708 PB Wageningen
Dr. Azkia Nurfikari
I am one of 5 PhDs working in an NWO-funded project "Closing the loop: exploiting sustainable insect production to improve soil and crop health". We are investigating the residual streams of three insect species produced for food or feed with respect to (a) soil microbial community succession, (b) biocontrol of soil-borne pathogens, (c) induction of resistance in crops to aboveground insect pests, (d) enhancement of aboveground biological control of insect pests, (e) improvement in flower traits. The outcomes of this interdisciplinary approach will provide insight into the novel applications of insect residual streams in the circular economy.