Department of Biology
Benno Augustinus  

University of Fribourg
Dept of Biology
Unit Ecology & Evolution
chemin du Musée 10
CH-1700 Fribourg


Current research

My professional interest lies in application of ecological knowledge in sustainable agriculture and ecosystem management, where I am particularly interested in biological pest control and integrated pest management.

In my Master thesis at the Entomology laboratory of Wageningen University and Research Centre I investigated plant mediated effects of Pieris rapae egg deposition on performance and behaviour of Pieris brassicae larvae. During my Master internship at Koppert Biological Systems España, I assessed two mirid bug species for their potential as biological control agents of aphids on sweet pepper.


In my PhD thesis titled ‘Assessing non-target risks of candidates for the biological control of ragweed in Europe’, I am using field and laboratory data to create a climate-based demographic model of Ophraella communa to estimate potential spread of the insect and the impact it can have on Ambrosia artemisiifolia. I am based at CABI Europe-Switzerland in Delémont, where I am supervised by Urs Schaffner.

Curriculum vitae

MSc Biology, bio-interactions, minor ‘Biological Control of Insects’


Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands




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