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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Universität Innsbruck


Dr. Michael Traugott
My scientific interests cover the ecology of animals in natural and managed ecosystems as well as the role these organisms play in providing ecosystem services such as pest control. I’m especially interested in trophic ecology, including novel approaches to track feeding interactions under natural conditions. For more information visit my webpage. Within the APPEAL project I am responsible for WP 2 entitled “Aphid biocontrol and aphid-parasitoid-predator food web interactions across landscapes”.

Personal website
Telephone:
+43 (0)512 507 51670
E-mail: Michael.Traugott@uibk.ac.at


Dr. Karin Staudacher
I am interested in trophic interactions of invertebrates in agricultural land, both in above- and below-ground systems. Besides the identification of insect pests and their dietary choice, I find it exciting to assess the food choice of generalist predators to further improve biological pest control. My current research within the APPEAL project (WP2) focuses on the development of DNA-based assays to unravel the natural enemy-pest-alternative prey food web structure in aphid-infested cereal fields.

Personal website
Telephone: +43 (0)512 507 5687
E-mail: Karin.Staudacher@uibk.ac.at


Dr. Daniela Sint
My research focus lies on trophic interactions of invertebrates in managed and unmanaged systems where I’m interested in the build-up of food-webs on bare grounds. Another key aspect in my work is biological pest control provided by both, predators and parasitoids. I’m mainly using molecular methods to identify pest species and track their DNA through different trophic levels. Within the APPEAL project I’m participating in WP2.

Personal website
Telephone:
+43 (0)512 507 5688
E-mail: Daniela.Sint@uibk.ac.at


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.