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Plant-pollinator networks in agro-ecosystems




Titel des Projekts: 
DNA-Barcoding plant-pollinator networks in agro-ecosystems


Pollination is crucial for maintaining angiosperm biodiversity and represents one of the most important ecosystem services. With the increasing threats of massive insect decline, studying pollination and associated networks has become more important than ever. However, studying plant-pollinator interactions at a species level with morphological methodologies is time-consuming, expensive, and depends on exceptional taxonomic expertise. In this study, we target the plant-pollinator networks of two important crops (caraway and apple) using a combination of traditional methods with DNA barcoding and metabarcoding. With this approach, we can identify potential dipteran and hymenopteran pollinators and – from their pollen loads– their associated plant species. This project is a collaboration between the ZFMK and the Agroecology and Organic Farming Group (INRES) at the University of Bonn and part of GBOL II.


Ansprechpartnerin / Ansprechpartner

ehemaliger Direktor ZFMK
ehemaliger Leiter Lehrstuhl "Spezielle Zoologie"
Projektleiter Verbundprojekte
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w.waegele [at] leibniz-lib.de