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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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Dr. Mattias Jonsson
My research is focused on biological control of arthropod pests in agroecosytems. I'm especially interested in how land use at different spatial scales affects biocontrol services, and in the relationship between biodiversity, food-web interactions and biological control. I'm coordinating the APPEAL project and am responsible for WP 3: Modelling and mapping biocontrol services across European landscapes.

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Telephone:
+46 (0)18 67 2450
E-mail: Mattias.Jonsson@slu.se


Professor Barbara Ekbom

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+46 (0)18 67 26 25
E-mail: Barbara.Ekbom@slu.se


Professor Riccardo Bommarco

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+46 (0)18 67 24 23
E-mail: Riccardo.Bommarco@slu.se


Professor Jan Bengtsson

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Telephone: +46 (0)18 67 15 16
E-mail: Jan.Bengtsson@slu.se


Dr. Riikka Kaartinen
I'm interested in what determines the structure of herbivore - natural enemy food webs, and how landscape composition and species traits will modify food web structure. Additionally, I'm interested in implementing a food web approach to the study of ecosystem services and function, and to understand how anthropogenic changes and e.g. farming practices will affect species-specific interactions.

Within the APPEAL project I will examine the success of biological control taking into account variable food web structure and species-specific traits (WP1 and WP2).

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Telephone:
+358 (0)40 82 33 296
E-mail: Riikka.Kaartinen@slu.se


Dr. Adrien Rusch
I am investigating the relationships between land use, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. I am particularly interested in how changes in land use and farming practices at different spatio-temporal scales affect community structure and the service they provide with a focus on natural pest control services. In this context, I examine food-web ecology and community ecology of natural enemies in different farming systems and landscape contexts. The aim of my research is to produce knowledge to support the design of innovative crop protection strategies and multifunctional landscapes optimizing the flow and the stability of ecosystem services. My current research within the APPEAL project focus on studying how landscape complexity affect the level and the stability of natural pest control services in agroecosystems (WP1).

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Telephone: +33(0) 557122643
Email: adrien.rusch@bordeaux.inra.fr


Dr. Camilla Winqvist
I am interested in general issues regarding effects of agricultural intensity and landscape complexity on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

My own work has so far mainly dealt with aphids and their naturally occurring arthropod enemies, i.e. biological control.

I am also interested in how species with different traits respond to agricultural intensification, and to see if any changes will in turn affect the function of the community. Within APPEAL I work within WP1.

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Telephone: 46 (0)18672718
Email: Camilla.winqvist@slu.se


This research was funded by the ERA-Net BiodivERsA, with the national funders FORMAS, Sweden, BMBF, Germany, and FWF, Austria, part of the 2010 BiodivERsA call for research proposals.