The effect of diversified crop rotations with field beans (Vicia faba) and peas (Pisum sativum) on the diversity of pollinators and pollination services

I am interested in plant-pollinator interactions and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. My PhD is part of the RELEVANT project, which aims to quantify and economically assess the impact of diversified crop rotations with grain legumes on the diversity of arthropods and the ecosystem services (pollination and biocontrol) provided by those. For this purpose, 1km x 1km agricultural landscapes in Germany with and without cropping systems including faba beans or peas are compared.

In my project I focus on the effect of diversified crop rotations with faba beans on pollinators. I will assess the abundance and diversity of bees and hoverflies in the different landscapes and will investigate the resource utilization of the main pollinators of the faba bean, as well as the pollination efficiency and the colony development of bumble bees.

Before starting my PhD, I studied biology at the University of Würzburg and did my master´s thesis at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden, investigating the effect of nitrogen deposition and aboveground plant competition on plant-insect interactions.


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