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sp1 Aboveground interactions

Plant species loss causes reduced insect diversity (and vica versa). This can alter the ecosystem interactions across multiple trophic levels. For this reason it is important to have a special research focus on pollinators in the Jena Experiment. It allows quantification of how interactions link to above and belowground processes to build a complex ecosystem food web model.


To explore the underlying interactions we study therefore relationships on different levels, i.e. we look at impacts on plant´s pollinators under reduced species diversity. Further, we assess if there is an impact on plant related seed predators and plant-omnivore interactions. We plan to include different experiments and tools such as exclusion of insects, rearing of insects from seeds and novel molecular analyses to identify the mechanisms underlying plant biodiversity and insect-mediated functions.

Principal Investigator:

Prof. Dr. Alexandra-Maria Klein
University of Freiburg
Email / Web
Tel.: ++49.761.203.67770

PD Dr. Christoph Scherber
University of Göttingen
Email / Web
Tel.: ++49.551.39.8807

Participating head

Prof. Dr. Rolf Daniel
University of Göttingen
Tel.: ++49.551.39.3827

Prof. Dr. Teija Tscharntke
University of Göttingen
Tel.: ++49.551.39.9209

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang W. Weisser
Tel.: ++49.8161.71.3496