MSc Thesis Subjects Multitrophic interactions

Multitrophic interactions in terrestrial ecology.

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Nematodes on the run – Effects of insect herbivore-induced plant responses on belowground communities

Insects and nematodes are among the most abundant groups of plant feeding organisms on either side of above-belowground interfaces. Both communities contain a tremendous diversity of herbivore species with a variety of feeding behaviour, and non-herbivore species such as carnivores, ...

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Entomopathogenic nematodes

Elegant symbiosis between nematodes and bacteria. Entomopathogenic nematodes are used to control insects that are harmful to plants. The non-feeding “Dauer” juvenile seeks...

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Plant/Soil interactions

Plant/Soil Interaction with Jacobaea Vulgaris in the field.Over time, the abundance of Jacobaea vulgaris increases rapidly, after which it declines again. What is determining the decline in abundance...

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The evaluation of possible effects of cultivation on soil (microbial) communities

In the ERGO project we are looking for enthusiastic students, who are interested in examining the possible effects of different cultivated Cabbage lines on soil organisms. There...

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The evaluation of possible effects of genetically modified plants on soil (microbial) communities

In the ERGO project we are looking for enthusiastic students, who are interested in examining the possible effects of Genetically Modified Arabidopsis...

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Analysis of insect biodiversity and fitness in a longterm biodiversity field experiment

Since 1996 we are studying, in the field, the effects of sowing low or high diverse plant communities on succession and ecosystem functioning.One aspect...

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Biodiversity and succession

Within this study we will focus on how different plant species influence each other indirectly by changes in the soil. We will do this by studying the plant species present around Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris...

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Evolution of plant defense in exotic plant species

Plants contain chemical compounds that can be deterrent or toxic to insect herbivores. It is thought that the production of these defense compounds is costly. What...

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Exotic plant impact on belowground microorganisms and nutrient cycling

Climate change might make that exotic plants expand their ranges from warmer regions towards the poles. These plants can become abundant or even invasive...

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Insect resistance of the invasive plant Senecio inaequidens

The South-African ragwort Senecio inaequidens is one of the more invasive terrestrial plant species in Europe which has become increasingly abundant in the last 10 years. It is striking that this plant...

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Plant phenology and host plant shift of native herbivores to exotic plant species

Exotic plant species often escape from natural enemies in their new range. Occasionally, however, native insect herbivores will discover these new plants...

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Plant/soil interaction with Jacobaea vulgaris in the field

Over time, the abundance of Jacobaea vulgaris increases rapidly, after which...

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Spread of invasive weeds in the Netherlands / Europe

How fast and where are invasive weeds like Senecio inaequidens and Solidago gigantea spreading? Can this be linked with land use management or...

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