Entries by lechu

New paper: Precursors to aerial dispersal in wheat curl mite

Our recent paper published in Animal Behaviour describes how behaviour, morphology and environment influence passive dispersal in phytophagous wheat curl mite. The paper is part of Alicja’s PhD thesis. Congratulations! More info: Laska A., Rector B. G., Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2019. Can your behaviour blow you away? Contextual and phenotypic precursors to passive aerial […]

National Science Centre grant for Alicja

Alicja Laska received ETIUDA grant from National Science Centre in Poland to study evolutionary trade-offs in host specialization and dispersal in phytophagous mites, and for 6-months scholarship in the University of Ghent (Belgium). Congratulations!

National Science Centre grant

Lechosław Kuczyński received OPUS grant from National Science Centre in Poland to study population-level consequences of social information use in birds. More info: project page

Marcin Antczak Award

The 4th Marcin Antczak Award for the most inspiring ornithological paper published in 2017 goes to Jakub Szymkowiak from our Lab! The Award commemorates Marcin Antczak, who was an excellent field ornithologist, but also our good friend. He tragically died in car accident on his way to the field on 2nd May 2014, in his […]

New paper: the first national survey of the Montagu’s Harrier population in Poland

Our recent paper published in Bird Conservation International is the first attempt to estimate the size of the Polish breeding population of the highly vulnerable farmland raptor: the Montagu’s Harrier. By combining multiple sources of data we estimated the Polish Montagu’s Harrier population at almost 3,400 breeding pairs, thus constituting 20% of the European Union […]

Publication about genetic diversity within phytophagous mites belonging to Abacarus genus

The article about genetic and host differentiation within the complex of phytophagous species belonging to Abacarus genus, authored by members of our Lab, was published in Experimental and Applied Acarology. The molecular analyses indicate that there may be at least several new species within the complex, that are awaiting formal description. One of them, Abacarus […]

Genetic diversification and evolution of host usage in an invasive mite

An article co-authored by Anna Skoracka, Lechosław Kuczyński, Agnieszka Majer and Wiktoria Szydło, about the genetic structure within species complex of phytophagous mite, Aceria tosichella, was published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. Mites belonging to the complex Aceria tosichella (wheat curl mite, WCM) are major pests of the world’s grain industry and our aim was to […]

New publications about mites transferring plant viruses

Review papers, co-authored by Anna Skoracka, about relationships between the mite Aceria tosichella, its main host: wheat, and the viruses that the mite transmits were published in Molecular Plant Pathology and Frontiers in Plant Science The mite Aceria tosichella (wheat curl mite, WCM) in the interaction with the virus causes considerable yield losses worldwide. The […]