Arthropods II

Scientific investigators:

Prof. Dr. Karl Eduard Linsenmair - (Emeritus)

Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter

(University Würzburg)

 

Aims

•    Monitoring canopy arthropod diversity at all the forest EPs and during the course of the season. Tree specific communities will be analysed on the ordinal level. Coleoptera, Heteroptera, Araneae, Ichneumonidae (parasitic Hymenoptera) and selected groups of xylobiontic Diptera are identified to the species level, forming the focus of the analysis.
•    Analysis of community diversity, -structure, -dynamics and guild composition in respect to forest management practise within and between exploratories.
•    Analysis of community dynamics based on fogging data collected over four years. 
•    Continuing monitoring of the dead wood accumulation experiments at all VIPs including the succession of the xylobiont community of the girdled trees.

•    Monitoring of xylobiontic arthropods at the BeLongDead logs and correlating results with land use intensity within and between exploratories.
•    Monitoring of xylobiontic arthropods at the FUNWOOD logs and correlating results with land use intensity within and between exploratories.
•    Conducting the experiments designed to clarify the importance of xylobiontic arthropods for the infestation with fungal spores furthering the decomposition of the dead wood


Methods

Tree fogging

Flight interception traps in front of dead wood bundles

Stem eclectors in BeLongDead experiment

FUNWOOD: dead wood logs - outbreed of arthropods, sweep netting and FITs

 

Former Research Project

In phases one and two, the project was called "Invertebrates II".

Former scientific investigators:

Prof. K.E. Linsenmair
PD Dr. Andreas Floren
Prof. Dr. Nico Blüthgen 
Martina Tospann