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Above and belowground interactions in agro-ecosystems: consequences for pollinator visitation and crop yields in strawberry plants

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17 November 2015, 4 pm
at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
for scientists, researchers and other interested parties
Pollinator (c) James Hutton Institute

Peter Orrell from the Ecological Sciences Group at the James Hutton Institute will deliver this Aberdeen Entomological Club seminar entitled "Above and belowground interactions in agro-ecosystems: consequences for pollinator visitation and crop yields in strawberry plants". It will be held at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen.

Until recently, few studies have attempted to link below-ground species interactions to above-ground interactions, with even fewer focusing on commercially important crop species. Belowground communities, such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) have the potential to interact with aboveground pollinator communities through changes in the expression of plant floral and reproductive traits. These influences can alter the number and duration of pollinator visits, foraging behaviour, and the overall structure of the visiting pollinator community; all of which are important factors in determining the quantity and quality of crop yields. This talk will examine the consequences of an altered belowground network for pollinator visitation and in turn yield in several varieties of strawberry plants.

The talk starts at 4pm with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

Further information is available from Jenni Stockan, Environmental and Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH, UK. Office: +44 (0)344 928 5428.

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