Dispersal strategies in eriophyoid mites
Funding: National Science Centre grant 2018/28/T/NZ8/00060
PI: Agnieszka Majer
Co-investigators: Anna Skoracka (supervisor)
Description: The aim of the project is to investigate dispersal strategies in to eriophyoid mite species: Aceria tosichella (wheat curl mite, WCM) and Abacarus hystrix (cereal rust mite, CRM). Specifically we aimed: (i) to describe the dispersal propensity of eriophyoid mites using different dispersal agents; (ii) to assess the effectiveness of their dispersal by different dispersal agents; (iii) to test the influence of relatedness on dispersal effectiveness.
Kiedrowicz A., Kuczyński L., Lewandowski M., Proctor H., Skoracka A. 2017. Behavioural responses to potential dispersal cues in two economically important species of cereal-feeding eriophyid mites. Scientific Reports, 7, Article number: 3890, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-04372-7
Majer A., Laska A., Hein G., Kuczyński L. and Skoracka A. 2021. Propagule pressure rather than population growth determines colonisation ability: a case study using two phytophagous mite species differing in their invasive potential. Ecological Entomology, https://doi.org/10.1111/een.13058