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Impact of invasive alien true bug species in native tropich webs

Objective

Insects can be accidentally introduced into non-native ecosystems by humans, or expand their geographical range toward the poles as a consequence of global warming. As they invade new environments, exotic species interact with local species, modifying the structure of local food webs. New associations arising from with biological invasions can impact the strength of existing links with effects cascading through trophic levels. When invasive species are herbivores that can attack economically important crops, they can cause serious economic losses. For example, recent invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) (Halyomorpha halys) in Europe and North America has the potential to interfere with local trophic webs and poses a serious threat to several agro-ecosystems.
In this project, we will adopt a multidisciplinary approach to study the ecological consequences of BMSB invasions. In particular, we will focus on the effect of alien herbivore invasion on local natural enemies using the following work packages: 1) the impact of exotic herbivores on infochemical communication between plants, herbivores and natural enemies; 2) Learned responses of parasitoids to infochemical evolutionary traps in a climate change context; 3) Contest behaviour of local egg parasitoids for possession of co-evolved and non-coevolved hosts; 4) Patch time allocation of local egg parasitoids after alien herbivore invasion: behavioural and modelling approaches; 5) Molecular aspects of indirect plant defences against invasive and local species 6) Genetic structure of invasive alien herbivores across Europe and North America
The proposed research will be of great relevance for the RISE call as it will be an unparalleled opportunity for complementary European and Canadian research groups to join forces, resulting in the development of lasting research collaborations, the transfer of knowledge between research institutions and improving research potential at the European and global levels.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO
Address
Piazza Marina 61
90133 Palermo
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 103 500

Participants (4)

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 58 500
Address
Piazza Dell Universita 1
06123 Perugia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BENAKI PHYTOPATHOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Stefanou Delta Street 8
14561 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (2)

UNIVERSITE DE MONTREAL
Canada
Address
Cp 6128 Station Centre Ville
H3C3J7 Montreal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada
Address
Baseline Road, 1341
K1A OC5 Ontario
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)