Currently, I am working as PhD on the effect of mass-flowering resources such as oilseed rape on bee communities in strawberry fields. My main focus is 1) the link on strawberry yield and landscape composition and 2) bee foraging behavior of strawberry pollinators (managed and wild bees) decoded by analyzing carried pollen. Furthermore, I am interested in entomovectoring where bees are used as vectors for bio-fungicides against diseases such as the grey mold in strawberries.
My PhD project is funded by the DBU.
Pollinators in rice agro-ecosystems
During my master thesis I worked on pollinators in rice production landscapes. Therefore, I investigated the effects of habitat compexity and regional land use intensity on bee abundance and species richness in two regions on the Philippines differing in their landscape complexity. The study showed that agroforests represent the most important bee habitats in rice production landscapes and thus they should be maintained. Further, increasing landscape complexity (increased by catch crops, home gardens, organic farming) is needed to connect suitable habitats and would be beneficial for pollinators.
This study was part of the LEGATO-project.