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  • Assessing natural pest control potential across the world’s agroecosystems using traits-based ecology, ecological modelling, and global databases
    Using large empirical databases, functional “archetypes” of crop-pest-enemy systems, and ecological modeling, this project will generate the first model-driven, open access global map to evaluate the potential for pest control services.
    Led by: Emily Poppenborg Martin, Yann Clough (Lund University), Nikos Alexandridis (Lund University)
    Year: 2018
    Funding: Working group of the BECC strategic research area, Lund University, Sweden
    Duration: 01.01.2020 – 31.12.2023
  • When and where do birds help plants? Natural enemy interactions and their impact on biological control in agricultural systems
    Birds may either support or impede pest control by feeding on arthropod pests or natural enemies, respectively. This project will elucidate the impact of birds on agricultural crop yields by evaluating multi-trophic interactions between plants, pests, natural enemies, and birds, and how these interactions are mediated by plant volatiles.
    Led by: Diana Rubene (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
    Team: Emily Poppenborg Martin
    Year: 2020
    Funding: FORMAS (Swedish Research Council)
    Duration: 01.01.2020 – 31.12.2023
  • UPSCALE: Upscaling the benefits of push-pull technology for sustainable agricultural intensification in East Africa
    Push-pull technology has been successfully implemented in cereal cropping systems in sub-Saharan Africa to reduce insect pests, and increase food security and resilience to climate change. The EU-funded UPSCALE project seeks to expand the use of push-pull systems beyond cereal crops and increase their adoption at the farm, landscape, and regional scale.
    Led by: Emily Poppenborg (Project Coordinator)
    Year: 2020
    Funding: EU Horizon 2020
    Duration: 01.11.2020 – 31.10.2025
  • The Agricultural Landscape and Arthropod Biodiversity Nexus (ALAN)
    This project is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and will investigate the relationship between landscape composition, intraspecific diversity in agricultural insect pests, and multi-trophic interactions between insect pests, endosymbionts, and natural enemies.
    Led by: Daniel Leybourne
    Team: Emily Poppenborg Martin
    Year: 2020
    Funding: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Duration: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2022
  • FACT: Cyber-infrastructure for Landscape Impacts on Biocontrol
    Despite a large body of research indicating the potential for natural enemies to provide pest control services in agricultural landscapes, two decades of research has yet to produce a definitive answer for how landscape composition influences pest dynamics. This project will create an open-source, standardized data platform to analyze and predict pest control across landscapes to support the development of decision-support tools for land managers and growers.
    Led by: Becky Chaplin-Kramer (University of Minnesota)
    Team: Emily Poppenborg Martin
    Year: 2020
    Funding: USDA Coordinated Innovation Network
    Duration: 01.09.2020-31.08.2024
  • Landscape effects on endosymbionts of the cabbage stem flea beetle
    Insect endosymbionts—organisms that live inside insects—can significantly impact insect biology by conferring protection against natural enemies, which has important consequences for sustainable pest management strategies. This project seeks to characterize the intra-specific variation of endosymbiotic relationships in the cabbage stem flea beetle, an important agricultural pest, and whether these relationships vary across landscapes.
    Led by: Daniel Leybourne
    Team: Emily Poppenborg Martin
    Year: 2021
    Funding: British Ecological Society
    Duration: 11.01.2021 – 06.01.2023