Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology


Biodiversity Exploratories-InsectScale-Effects of landscape context and land-use intensity on biodiversity and multitrophic interactions among plants, pollinators, herbivores, and their natural enemies

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Juliane Steckel, Michaela Bellach

Funding: DFG priority program
Duration: 2008 – 2011

The project ‚InsectScale’ includes the study of correlation of landscape structure and local habitat quality on trap nesting bees, wasps, and their natural enemies. The influence of management intensity and local management strategies on trophic levels still remain unknown so far. This study aims to offer a model system of trap nesting bees, wasps and their antagonists. The data can contribute to a new insight into the impact of landscape complexity on ecosystem functions like pollination pest control.

Species groups: trap nesting bees, wasps, and their natural enemies

Research areas: Schwäbische Alb, Hainich, Biospherenreservat Schorfheide-Chorin

Habitats: differently managed grasslands

Methods: field work, landscape structure analyses

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