Predator invasion under climate change

Goal: The main objective of this project is to evaluate the invasion potential of the biocontrol agent Amblydromalus lomonicus in Austria under present temperature conditions and under temperature conditions predicted by the intergovernmental panel of climate change (IPCC) for 2100. We hypothesize that climate warming allows A. limonicus short-(seasonal) or mid-(annual, perennial) term invasion of native Austrian phytoseiid mite communities in the future. Experimental studies address behavioral, life history, population and community level effects.


Institutions: University of Vienna, Boku
Collaborators: Peter Schausberger, Andreas Walzer, Lena Dittmann
Funding: Austrian Climate and Energy Funds