NEWS

:: August 2015

:: New paper published

Here we present a new set of 45 primers designed to target a wide range of invertebrate taxa common to temperate cereal crops: cereal aphids, their natural enemies such as carabid beetles, ladybeetles, lacewings, and spiders, and potential alternative prey groups (earthworms, springtails, and dipterans).

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:: August 2015

:: New paper published

In this paper we present Food Web Designer, a stand-alone, highly flexible and user friendly software tool to quantitatively visualize trophic and other types of bipartite and tripartite interaction networks.

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:: March 2015

:: New paper published

In a field cage experiment, we investigated the effect of increased predator diversity (single species vs. three-species assemblages) and the presence of weeds (providing structural complexity) on the biological control (process speed) of cereal aphids during conditions of high aphid abundances close to crop heading.

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:: October 2014

:: Appeal project extended

The Appeal-project has been granted a cost neutral extension with one year until Dec 2015.

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:: May 2014

:: New paper published

In this paper we examined how the management options of organic farming at the field scale and crop diversification at the landscape level affect the taxonomic and functional structure of generalist predator communities and how these effects vary along a landscape complexity gradient.

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:: May 2014

:: Workshop held in Darmstadt

A workshop hosted by Nico Blüthgen was held in Darmstadt, Germany 12-13 May 2014.

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:: January 2014

:: New paper published

In this paper a conceptual framework is presented for predicting land-use impact on biological control of pests by natural enemies.

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Scientific

2015

Roubinet E, Straub C, Jonsson T, Staudacher K, Traugott M, Ekbom B, Jonsson M 2015. Additive effects of predator diversity on pest control caused by few interactions among predator species. Ecological Entomology, 40, 362-371.

Sint D, Traugott M (2015) Food Web Designer: a flexible tool to visualize interaction networks. Journal of Pest Science. DOI 10.1007/s10340-015-0686-7

Staudacher K, Jonsson M, Traugott M (2015) Diagnostic PCR assays to unravel food web interactions in cereal crops with focus on biological control of aphids. Journal of Pest Science. DOI 10.1007/s10340-015-0685-8

Rusch, A., Birkhofer, K., Bommarco, R., Smith, H.G. & Ekbom, B. (2015) Predator body sizes and habitat preferences predictpredation rates in an agroecosystem. Basic and Applied Ecology,16, 250-259.

2014

Winqvist, C., Bengtsson, J. Öckinger, E., Aavik, T., Berendse, F., Clement, L.W., Fischer, C., Flohre, A., Geiger, F., Liira, J., Thies, C., Tscharntke, T., Weisser, W.W. & Bommarco, R. (2014) Species’ traits influence ground beetle responses to farm and landscape level agricultural intensification in Europe. Journal of Insect Conservation, 18: 837-846.

Görg, C., Spangenberg, J.H., Tekken, V., Burkhard, B., Dao, T.T., Escalada, M., Heong, K.L., Arida, G., Marquez, L.V., Bustamante, J.V., Chien, H.V., Klotzbücher, T., Marxen, A., Manh, N.H., Sinh, N.V., Villareal, S. & Settele, J. 2014. Engaging Local Knowledge in Biodiversity Research: Experiences from Large Inter- and Transdisciplinary Projects. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 39, 323–324.

Jonsson, M., Bommarco, R., Ekbom, B., Smith, H.G., Bengtsson, J., Caballero-Lopez, B., Winqvist, C. & Olsson, O. (2014) Ecological production functions for biological control services in agricultural landscapes. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, doi/10.1111/2041-210X.12149

Rusch, A., Birkhofer, K., Bommarco, R., Smith, H.G., Ekbom, B. (2014)  Management intensity at field and landscape levels affects the structure of generalist predator communities. Oecologia, 175: 971-983.

2013

Rusch A, R Bommarco, P Chiverton, S Öberg, H Wallin, S Wiktelius & B Ekbom (2013) Response of ground beetle (Coleoptera, Carabidae) communities to changes in agricultural policies in Sweden over two decades. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 176, 63-69.

Rusch A, R Bommarco, M Jonsson, HG Smith & B Ekbom (2013) Flow and stability of natural pest control services depend on complexity and crop rotation at the landscape scale. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50, 345-354.