By: 
Ayco Tack, Stockholm University, Sweden / University of Helsinki, Finland
Host: 
Johan Stenberg, Ecology, SLU
Location: 
Lecture hall A281, Uppsala BioCentre, Ultuna
Date: 
2014-05-22
Time: 
14:00 - 15:00
The ecology and evolution of plant-microbe-insect interactions in space and time

Plant-based food webs are well-known for their high species diversity, including several million insect herbivores, parasitoids, pathogens, mycorrhizae and nematodes. These species frequently co-occur on the same plant individual. Yet, while we know that insects interact with insects, and microbes with microbes, interactions among plant-associated microbes and insects have only rarely been explored. In this talk, I will explore the ecological and evolutionary impact of plant-microbe-insect interactions on the community structure surrounding the oak tree Quercus robur and the perennial herb Plantago lanceolata across multiple spatial scales.