Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology


Biodiversity Exploratories-BATMAN- Multi-trophic interactions of butterflies along a gradient of management intensity in grasslands and forest

Jochen Krauss, Carmen Börschig, Alexandra-Maria Klein (Uni Lüneburg)

Funding: DFG priority program
Duration: 2008 – 2011

The focus of this project is on effects of land use change on the diversity of day-active lepidopterans. Further we investigate ecological characteristics and life-history traits in butterflies as well as red list status in intensively and extensively managed grasslands. A second priority of this project lies on the effects of land use intensity, the presence of endophyrtic fungi and of predators on aphid populations on grass.

Research areas: Exploratories (Schorfheide-Chorin, Hainich, Schwäbische Alb)

Habitats: differently managed grasslands

Species groups: day active lepidopterans, endophytic fungus Neotyphodium lolii, aphids

Methods: Exclosure experiments, pot experiments, transects

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