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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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ


Professor Josef Settele
My main fields of research and general activities are a) Conservation and Evolutionary Biology of Insects; b) Biodiversity and Land Use; and c) Interdisciplinary Cooperation and Project Co-ordination in Biodiversity. My background is insect ecology with a focus on butterflies (in a nature conservation and land-use context), as well as interactions in arthropod communities with a focus on agricultural land-use systems.

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Dr. Joachim Spangenberg

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Dr. Oliver Schweiger

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Prof. Nico Blüthgen
Technische Universität Darmstadt

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E-mail: bluethgen@bio.tu-darmstadt.de

Dr. Kerstin Reifenrat

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Email: reifenrath@bio.tu-darmstadt.de


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.