Highlights from autumn 2020

(top-left) As we could not travel to Ethiopia, we were very lucky that Tamiru Shimales, who did his MSc project in our lab, and local farmer Raya A/oli could survey our field sites to gather the climate loggers and record data on coffee yield this year! (top-right) As we go about on bicycle, our Stockholm survey on the impact of urbanization on the herbivore and pathogen community on oaks was more corona-proof. This year, we collected many acorns for Álvaro Gaytan, who will look into the urban ecology of seed predators (bottom-left) MSc student Emilia Regazzoni grinding oak leaves in liquid nitrogen for her project on the effect of plant-pathogen-insect interactions on gene expression and metabolites (bottom-right) Niklas Wickander published his MSc thesis on the ecological and evolutionary response of Bistorta vivipara to temperature and soil in a geothermal landscape in Hengladalir, Iceland

Other major events:

  • Laura van Dijk published her first PhD paper on the timing and asymmetry of plant–pathogen–insect interactions (PDF)
  • Beyene Zewdie defended his PhD on Fungal disease dynamics, genetic diversity and biodiversity-yield relationships along a gradient of coffee management in southwestern Ethiopia