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Title Insects for proteins – what about soil fertility?
Group Soil Biology
Project type thesis
Credits 36
Supervisor(s) Ellis Hoffland & Renske Hijbeek
Examiner(s) prof.dr. Rachel Creamer
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Begin date 2021/01/01
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Description In a circular economy, diets will be increasingly less meat-based. One way to produce protein-rich products, is to grow insects on organic waste. But what does this mean for soil fertility? Is the manure produced by insects still suitable to supply crops with nutrients? We need to know if and in how far insect manure can supply crops with essential nutrients. A first attempt will be made in a pot experiment, in which crop nutrient uptake from new organic sources such as those produced by insects will be compared with chemical fertilizers and more conventional organic amendments.

Used skills Pot experiment, soil and plant analyses
Requirements See Study Handbook SBL-81836 or PPS-80436