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Friday 25 November 2016
New paper

New paper: "Above- and belowground insect herbivory modifies the response of a grassland plant community to nitrogen eutrophication”
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Friday 25 November 2016
New paper

New paper: "Ten policies for pollinators”
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Wednsday 23 November 2016
New paper

New paper: "Experimental evidence that honeybees depress wild insect densities in a flowering crop”
[READ MORE]

Tuesday 18 October 2016
New paper

New paper: "When natural habitat fails to enhance biological pest control – Five hypotheses”
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Friday 30 September 2016 09.00
Dissertation at Loftets hörsal

Marie Winsa, SLU, Dep of Ecology: "Restoration of plant and pollinator communities in fragmented grasslands"
[READ MORE]

Thursday 29 September 2016
New paper

New paper: Historical change and drivers of insect pest abundances in red clover seed production
[READ MORE]

Monday 19 September 2016
New Bachelor thesis

New Bachelor theses from the group on snails [pdf] and pollen beetles [pdf]

Wednesday 7 September 2016
New paper

New paper: "Soil compaction and insect pollination modify impacts of crop rotation on nitrogen fixation and yield"
[READ MORE]

Sunday 31 July 2016
New paper

New paper: "Trees in agricultural landscapes enhance provision of ecosystem services in Sub-Saharan Africa"
[READ MORE]

Monday 20 June 2016
New paper

New paper: "Competition between managed honeybees and wild bumblebees depends on landscape context"
[READ MORE]

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Postdoctoral researcher announced: "Biodiversity and ecosystem services in diversified agriculture"
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Thursday 19 May 2016

PhD position announced: "Food webs and ecosystem services in agriculture"
[READ MORE]

Wednesday 9 May 2016
New paper

New paper published: ”Corncrake conservation genetics at a European scale: The impact of biogeographical and anthropological processes"
[READ MORE]

Wednesday 13 April 2016
New paper

New paper published: ”Interactive effects of pests increase seed yield”
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Thursday 7 April 2016
New paper

New paper: "Aboveground insect herbivory increases plant competitive asymmetry, while belowground herbivory mitigates the effect."
[READ MORE]

Monday 14 March 2016
New paper

New paper: "Habitat management on multiple spatial scales can enhance bee pollination and crop yield in tropical homegardens"
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Wednesday 2 March 2016
New paper

New paper: "Aphid parasitoids respond to vegetation heterogeneity but not to fragmentation scale: An experimental field study"
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Friday 26 February 2016
New paper

New paper: "Diagnostic PCR assays to unravel food web interactions in cereal crops with focus on biological control of aphids"
[READ MORE]

Wednesday 10 February 2016
New paper

New paper: "Agricultural landscape simplification reduces natural pest control: A quantitative synthesis"
[READ MORE]

Friday 29 January 2016 13.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

50% PhD-student seminar, Laura Riggi: "Integrated management of biological crop pest control"

Friday 15 January 2016, 09.00 - 12.00
Mini-Symposium SLU, Campus Ultuna, Ulls hus, Sal S

Mini-Symposium "Diversifying Agriculture - Impacts on Crop Production and Ecosystem Services”.

Invited speakers are:
Prof. Claire Kremen, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Prof. Marcel van der Heijden, Agroscope, Zürich, Switzerland
Prof. Matt Liebman, Iowa State University, USA
Dr. Thomas Wanger, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

[Iinvitation for details and brief biographies of the speakers]

Thursday 10 December 2015
New paper

New paper: "Large-scale pollination experiment demonstrates the importance of insect pollination in winter oilseed rape"
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Wednesday 2 December 2015
New paper

New Paper: "Non-bee insects are important contributors to global crop pollination"
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Tuesday 22 September 2015
New paper

New Paper: "Trait matching of flower visitors and crops predicts fruit set better than trait diversity"
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Tuesday 15 September 2015
New Paper

New Paper: "Local and landscape-level floral resources explain effects of wildflower strips on wild bees across four European countries"
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Tuesday 1 September 2015
New paper

New Paper: "Pollinators, pests and soil properties interactively shape oilseed rape yield"
[READ MORE]

Monday 31 August 2015
New paper

New paper: "Neonicotinoid Insecticides and Their Impacts on Bees: A Systematic Review of Research Approaches and Identification of Knowledge Gaps"
[READ MORE]

Monday 17 August 2015
New paper

New paper: ”Effects of agroforestry on pest, disease and weed control: a meta-analysis”
[READ MORE]

Tuesday 10 August 2015
New paper

New paper: "Experimental evidence that the effectiveness of conservation biological control depends on landscape complexity"
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Tuesday 7 July 2015
New paper

New paper: "Time will tell: resource continuity bolsters ecosystem services"
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Tuesday 16 June 2015
New paper

New paper: "Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation" [READ MORE]

Monday 1 June 2015
New paper

New paper published: "Insecticide resistance in pollen beetles over seven years - a landscape approach" [READ MORE]

Friday 1 May 2015
New paper

New paper published: "Predator body sizes and habitat preferences predict predation rates in an agroecosystem" [READ MORE]

Wednesday 22 April 2015
New paper in Nature

New paper published: "Seed coating with a neonicotinoid insecticide negatively affects wild bees" [READ MORE]

Tuesday 21 April 2015 at 13.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, F4

Kristen Tillman, Center for Research in Scientific Computation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC USA: "Exploring the Caveats of Mathematical Modeling: A Case Study of Insect Population Dynamics in Pesticide-treated Fields""

Tuesday 21 April 2015 at 11.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Kurslab

H.T. Banks, Center for Research in Scientific Computation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC USA (http://www.ncsu.edu/crsc/htbanks/): "Optimal Design for Estimation in Distributed Parameter Systems"

Thursday 9 April 2015 at 13.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Audrey St-Martin, SLU: "Integrating ecosystem services in agricultural crop production systems" [READ MORE]

Tuesday 17 March 2015
New paper

New paper published: "Additive effects of predator diversity on pest control caused by few interactions among predator species" [READ MORE]

Tuesday 10 February 2015 at 13.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen


Chase Mendenhall, Stanford University, US: "Predicting Biodiversity for Policymakers". [READ MORE]

Monday 9 February 2015 at 13.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Pernilla Borgström, SLU: "Impacts of global change on trophic interactions in grasslands" [INFO]

Tuesday 3 February at 11.30
Seminar SLU, the Ecology Centre

Dr. Zou Yi, Wageningen University, Netherlands: "Contribution of living landscapes to agricultural ecosystem services: pollination and biological control"[READ MORE]

Monday 26 January at 10.00
PhD-student Seminar (50 %), SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Sandra Lindström, SLU: "Pollination of agricultural crops" [READ MORE]

Thursday 22 January 2015 at 13.00
Seminar, SLU, BioC A281 Lennart Kennes sal


Gretchen Daily, Stanford University, US: "Mainstreaming Natural Capital into Decision-Making: Frontiers in Research and Policy"
[READ MORE]

Monday 19 January 2015
New paper

New paper: "Recovery of plant diversity in restored semi-natural pastures depends on adjacent land use” [READ MORE]

Thursday 8 January 2015
New paper

New paper: "Functional identity and diversity of  animals predict
ecosystem functioning  better than species-based indices" [READ MORE]

Monday 15 December at 13.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Luke Frishkoff, Stanford University: "Surviving the Anthropocene: Why are some species preadapted to human-domination of ecosystems?"

Thursday 4 December
New book on climate-smart landscapes

A new book, "Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice", from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has been published. [READ MORE]

Thursday 13 November 13.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Centre for Biological Control (CBC) invites you to the seminar: Harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agricultural production across tropical countryside by Dr. Daniel Karp, University of California, Berkeley [READ MORE]

Tuesday 30 September 2014
New paper

New paper: "Species’ traits influence ground beetle responses to farm and landscape level agricultural intensification in Europe" [READ MORE]

Tuesday 23 September 13.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Prof. Nico Bluthgen, Technische Universität Darmstadt. "Species interaction networks and the link between (response) diversity and stability"
[LINK]

Friday 5 September 09.00
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, F-salen

Dr. Mary Gardiner from the Ohio state university, US will visit us this week on short notice. Among other things Mary works with biodiversity and biological control in urban settings. She will give a seminar titled "Conservation in the city: the value of vacant land for beneficial arthropods"
[LINK]

Thursday 4 September 14.30
Seminar, SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Prof. Yoshihiro Yamada, Mie University, Japan. "Host-use strategy in a host-feeding parasitoid, Echthrodelphax fairchildii (Hymenoptera: Dryinidae): Effects of host deprivation, host instars, encountering of hosts, and body size"

Thursday 28 August 2014
New paper

Carvalheiro L. et al. The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness. Ecology letters
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Thursday 21 August 2014
New paper

Berg S., Pimenov A., Palmer C., Emmerson M. & Jonsson T. Ecological communities are vulnerable to realistic extinction sequences. OIKOS (In Press)
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Thursday 21 August 2014
New paper

Jonsson T., Berg S., Pimenov A., Palmer C. & Emmerson M. The reliability of R50 as a measure of vulnerability of food webs to sequential species deletions. OIKOS (In Press) [READ MORE]

Wednesday 13 August 2014
New paper

New paper published: "M Jonsson, IA Raphael, B Ekbom, S Kyamanywa, J Karungi, (2014) Contrasting effects of shade level and altitude on two important coffee pests. Journal of Pest Science, in press"
[LINK]

Wednesday 16 July 2014
New paper

New paper published: "Density of insect-pollinated grassland plants decreases with increasing surrounding land-use intensity"
[LINK]

Tuesday 10 June 2014
New paper

New paper published: "Management intensity at field and landscape levels affects the structure of generalist predator communities" [LINK]

Sunday 25 May 2014
New paper

New paper published: "R Rader, I Bartomeus, JM Tylianakis, E Laliberté (2014) The winners and losers of land use intensification: pollinator community disassembly is non-random and alters functional diversity. Diversity and Distributions In press" [LINK]

Monday 5 May 2014
New paper

New paper published: "Consumption of flea beetles (Phyllotreta, Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) by spiders in field habitats detected by molecular analysis" [LINK]

Thursday 24 April 2014
New paper

New paper published: "Effects of landscape complexity and habitat management on stemborer colonization, parasitism and damage to maize" [LINK]

Monday 14 April 2014
New paper

New paper published: "Solution scanning as a key policy tool: identifying management interventions to help maintain and enhance regulating ecosystem services" [LINK]

Tuesday 8 April 13.00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Seminar Prof. John E Banks University of Washington, USA.
"The surrogate species approach to protecting endangered species and 
ecosystem services: Integrating life history data into predictive 
population models"

Thursday 27 March 2014
New paper

New paper: "Contribution of insect pollinators to crop yield and quality varies with agricultural intensification" [LINK]

Tuesday 25 March 13.00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Seminar Nancy A. Schellhorn, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Australia. 
"Colonization of pests and their natural enemies at multiple spatial 
scales: Implications for pest suppression"

Friday 21 March 2014
New paper

New paper: "Late-season mass-flowering red clover increases bumble bee queen and male densities" [LINK]

Thursday 27 February 2014
New paper on extinction debt in insects and plants

Riccardo Bommarco, Regina Lindborg, Lorenzo Marini, Erik Öckinger (2014) Extinction debt for plants and flower-visiting insects in landscapes with contrasting land use history. Diversity and distributions [LINK]

Wednesday 26 February at 13:00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

50% seminar Eve Roubinet: "The importance of natural enemy diversity and food-weed structure for biological control at organic and conventional farms"

Wednesday 26 February at 10:00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Seminar Dr. Klaus Birkhofer, Lund university: "Spatial and trophic interactions of arthropod generalist predators in conservation biological control"

Tuesday 25 February at 10:00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Seminar Pernilla Borgström: ”Insect herbivores as mediators of plant coexistence in grassland ecosystems”

Tuesday 11 February at 10:00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Seminar Audrey St-Martin: "Integrating ecosystem services in agricultural crop production systems"

Tuesday 28 January 2014
New paper

New paper on ecological production functions for biological control [LINK]

Wednesday 15 January 2014
New paper

Paper on abundance distribution of pollinators  in grassland patches: Marini, L., Öckinger, E., Bergman, K.-O., Jauker, B., Krauss, J., Kuussaari, M., Pöyry, J., Smith, H. G., Steffan-Dewenter, I. and Bommarco, R. (2013). Contrasting effects of habitat area and connectivity on evenness of pollinator communities. Ecography. [LINK]

Monday 13 January 2014
New paper

Paper on honey bee deficits for crop pollination in Europe: Breeze TD, Vaissière BE, Bommarco R, Petanidou T, Seraphides N, et al. (2014) Agricultural Policies Exacerbate Honeybee Pollination Service Supply-Demand Mismatches Across Europe. PLoS ONE 9(1): e82996. [LINK]

Friday 6 December 2013 at 13:00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Seminar: "Dung beetles as model taxon for studying biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships". Eleanor Slade, University of Helsinki, Finland

Thursday 31 October at 14:30
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Seminar: "Biocontrol of plant pest, disease and weeds at the Bio-Protection Research Centre in New Zealand" professor Travis Glare, Director Bioprotection Research Centre (http://bioprotection.org.nz), Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zeeland

Friday 27 September at 13.00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tammsalen

Seminar: "Identification of resource bottlenecks in agro-ecosystems and
quantifying their impact on biological pest control"  by Mark Ramsden,
University of Lancaster, UK

Thursday 15 August
New paper

Paper on impacts of agricultural policies on beneficial predatory insects: Rusch, A., R. Bommarco, P. Chiverton, S. Öberg, H. Wallin, S. Wiktelius, B. Ekbom. 2013. Response of ground beetle (Coleoptera, Carabidae) communities to changes in agricultural policies in Sweden over two decades. Agriculture, ecosystems and environment 176:63-69.
Link:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167880913001758

Friday 19 July 2013
New MSc thesis opportunity

We are looking for a master student interested in investigating ecosystem services provided by dung beetles in tropical agroforests.
[Read more]

Thursday 6 June 2013
New paper

Paper on impacts of combined pressures on pollinating insects: González-Varo J.P., J.C. Biesmeijer, R. Bommarco, S.G. Potts, O. Schweiger, H.G. Smith, I. Steffan-Dewenter, H. Szentgyörgyi, M. Woyciechowski, M. Vilà. 2013. Combined effects of global change pressures on pollination. Trends in ecology and evolution in press
Link:
http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/abstract/S0169-5347%2813%2900127-4

Tuesday 4 June 2013
New paper

Paper on impacts of climate change on crop pollination: Rader R, J Reilly, I Bartomeus, R Winfree. Native bees buffer the negative impact of climate warming on honey bee pollination of watermelon crops. Global change biology in press
Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12264/abstract

Thursday 30 May 2013 10.00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tamm lecture hall

Seminar Robert Freckleton, University of Sheffield, UK.
"Modelling the rate and nature of evolution using comparative approaches". Rob is opponent for Ola Lundin's dissertation (see below)
Read more:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/aps/staff-and-students/acadstaff/freckleton

Friday 31 May 2013 13.00
Sal, O Undervisningshuset, Ultuna


Thesis defense: Ola Lundin will defend his thesis "Ecology and management of crop pollination and pest control. Insights from red clover seed production". The opponent is professor Rob Freckleton, University of Sheffield.
Read more:
http://pub.epsilon.slu.se/10407/
http://www.slu.se/ecology/olalundin

Tuesday 21 May 13:00 at Tamm
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tamm lecture hall

Ignasi "Nacho" Bartomeu will talk about "Historical changes in bee community composition and phenology. Is there a pollination crisis?" Ignasi has a background in pollinator and pollination ecology from Barcelona, Spain and Ruthgers, US. He is currently doing a postdoc in Bommarco's group.
Read more: http://www.bartomeus.cat/es/ignasi/

Thursday 2 May 15.00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tamm lecture hall

Centre for Biological Control (CBC) invites you to the seminar: The role of applied sciences in sustainable farm intensification in Africa: push-pull technology as an example by Dr. Charles Midega, ICIPE – African Insect Science for Food and Health
Read more: http://www.push-pull.net/
Tuesday 19 March 2013
Paper in Ecology Letters on global impacts of land use on pollinators


Kennedy et al. 2013 A global quantitative synthesis of local and
landscape effects on wild bee pollinators in agroecosystems. Ecology
letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12082. [LINK]
Tuesday 12 March 2013 13.00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tamm lecture hall


Prof Hans Van Dyck (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) will give a seminar entitled: "Habitat-use, Umwelt-concept and ecological traps in anthropogenic landscapes: lessons from grasshoppers, butterflies and birds"

Friday 8 March 2013
New paper

Bartomeus, I, J S Ascher, J Gibbs, B Danforth, D Wagner, S H Hedke, and R Winfree. (2013). Historical changes in northeastern US bee pollinators related to shared ecological traits. PNAS In press

Monday 4 March 2013
We are looking for field assistants and students interested in doing a thesis
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Friday 1 March 2013
Paper published in Science on the value of wild insects for crop pollination

Garibaldi L.A. et al 2013. Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey bee abundance . Science in press. [LINK]

Monday 25 February 2013
New paper on effects of crop rotations in the landscape on biological pest control in cereals

Rusch A, R Bommarco, M Jonsson, HG Smith & B Ekbom (2013) Flow and stability of natural pest control services depend on complexity and crop rotation at the landscape scale. Journal of Applied Ecology in press [LINK]

Monday 28 January 2013
New paper on biotic interactions and species distributions

Wisz, M., Pottier, J., Kissling, D.W., Pellissier, L., Lenoir, J., Damgaard, C.H. Dormann, C., Forchhammer, M., Grytnes, J.A., Guisan, A., Heikkinen R.K., Høye, T.T. Kühn, I., Luoto, M., Maiorano, L., Nilsson, M.-C., Normand, S., Öckinger, E., Schmidt, N., Termansen, M., Timmermann, A., Wardle, D., Aastrup, P., Svenning, J.-C. 2013. The role of biotic interactions in shaping spatial distributions and realised assemblages of species: implications for species distribution modelling. Biological Reviews, 88: 15-30. [LINK]

Monday 7 January 2013
New paper on interactions between ecosystem services


Lundin O, Smith HG, Rundlöf M, Bommarco R. 2013. When ecosystem services interact: crop pollination benefits depend on the level of pest control. Proc R Soc B 280: 20122243. [LINK]
Monday 17 December 2012
PhD-position open for applications


PhD-position open on "Integrated management of the ecosystem service biological pest control". The deadline for applications is 18 February 2013. [LINK]

Tuesday 4 December 2012
Report published on effects of pesticides on terrestrial biodiversity
and ecosystem services (in Swedish)


Maj Rundlöf, Ola Lundin, Riccardo Bommarco 2012 Växtskyddsmedlens påverkan på biologisk mångfald i jordbrukslandskapet. Kompetenscentrum för kemiska bekämpningsmedel CKB rapport 2012:2.[Read more]

Tuesday 4 December 2012 13.00-14.00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tamm-salen

"Organic farming, biodiversity and ecosystem services – a synthesis of 10 years of research". Camilla Winqvist presents a review of research on the impact of organic farming on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Thursday 15 Nov 2012
Paper online in TREE on ecosystem services in agriculture

Bommarco R., Kleijn D., Potts S.G. 2013. Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security. Trends in Ecology and Evolution doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2012.10.012
Tuesday 6 November 2012 13.00
SLU, Department of Ecology, Tamm-salen


Seminar by Prof. William F Morris from Uppsala University and Duke University. "Demographic compensation and tipping points in climate-induced range shifts".

Monday 29 October 2012
Ola's paper is published!


Lundin O., Rundlöf M., Smith H.G. & Bommarco R. (2012) Towards integrated pest management in red clover seed production. Journal of Economic Entomology 105 :1477-1870 [LINK]

Monday 29 October 2012 13.40
Main aula, Room D


Seminar by Prof. Geoff Gurr from Charles Sturt University, Australia. "Modern methods for the study of biological control: case studies from Australia"
 

Photo: Marie Winsa