Kris A.G. Wyckhuys

CEO, Chrysalis Consulting - Nature-based solutions for plant health
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About Kris A.G. Wyckhuys

Kris A.G. Wyckhuys is a Belgian bio-science engineer and insect ecologist (PhD, 2005, Purdue). As an independent consultant, he explores nature-based solutions to pest control in both temperate and tropical settings. He is also Honorary Associate Professor at University of Queensland (Australia), Guest Professor at China Academy of Agricultural Sciences CAAS, and Jinshan Scholar at Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University (China). He has worked on arthropod biological control in a wide range of cropping systems: subsistence maize in Central America, soybean in the US Midwest, cotton in China, horticultural crops in Colombia, and cassava throughout tropical Asia. Kris has been based in Southeast Asia since 2013, where he initially worked as entomologist with the CGIAR to document efficacy of importation biological control against the invasive cassava mealybug. He has published extensively on agro-ecology, biological control and IPM, and is a passionate advocate of biodiversity-friendly farming.

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Saving the insects? Nature can lend a helping hand.

An agro-ecological transformation can revert the global insect decline – scientific evidence reveals how it can equally keep up with growing food demand, boost farm-level revenue streams and blow new life into the countryside.


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Recent Comments

Sep 13, 2019
Replying to A. Ortega

Great article!!! It reminded me of the book Farmers of forty centuries, by Franklin Hiram King that I am reading right now. This book describes a real, sustainable agriculture supported by China, Korea and Japan. It also came to my mind that in my uni back in Colombia, instead of using pesticides, we used  "coriander fences" to avoid ants eating the plants for our genetic experiments. I hope we could implement our re-discovered methods, such as the ones in the book and the biological controls you explain, in our modern agriculture. 

Thanks, Alejandra! A great source of inspiration for me -on Humboldt's life and work- was Andrea Wulf's 'The invention of Nature'. And yes, lots of excellent developments in Colombia by the national center AgroSavia (or former Corpoica) but also exciting progress at the various universities.  As we say - adelante!

Sep 12, 2019
Replying to Gao Jianguo

I am astonished by the detailed references provided in the text, there’s no doubt that this is an excellent article on the application of Humboldt’s mind on agriculture. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you very much for this praise, Jianguo!


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