Carina D. Heussler, PhD MSc
The black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) is a multi-beneficial organism that can provide nourishment, can be used for composting various organic wastes, can produce sustainable fertilizer, and is a source of chitin. It is also an optimal species for industrial rearing.
During my PhD thesis, I worked on optimizing lab and pilot-scale rearing, on further understanding the basic biology of this fascinating organism, and on understanding microbe-host interactions during development.
Currently, I am involved in a new project, in which we investigate the influence that volatile organic compounds derived from microbes have on the oviposition process of black soldier flies.
Waste management and monitoring