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Tips and tricks on culturing water bears

A new paper on culturing tardigrades summarizes published methods and provides clear protocols for culturing tardigrades to use in taxonomic and experimental studies. The paper, authored by the multidisciplinary team led by Milena Roszkowska and Łukasz Kaczmarek from Department of Bioenergetics and Department of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, was co-authored by […]

New paper: temperature-dependent development and survival of an invasive mite

In our recent paper we evaluated temperature-dependent development and survival of an invasive wheat curl mite Aceria tosichella at a wide range of temperatures. The results allow for predicting and monitoring the mite population growth rate. They also provide information promoting more efficient and effective manipulation of mite laboratory colonies and testing a wide array […]

Scholarship for Ania

Ania Radwańska has been awarded an individual scholarship of the Minister of Education and Science for the academic year 2020/2021 for outstanding achievements. Congratulations!

New paper: a comprehensive approach for investigating passive dispersal

Our recent paper presents a protocol for studying passive dispersal of microscopic invertebrates which includes the construction of versatile dispersal tunnels, a theoretical framework quantifying the movement via wind or vectors, and a hierarchical Bayesian approach appropriate to the structure of the dispersal data.   Kuczyński, L., Radwańska, A., Karpicka-Ignatowska, K., Laska, A., Lewandowski, M., […]

New paper in Bird Study

Our recent paper published in Bird Study describes habitat preferences of the Crested Lark in western Poland. It seems that the Crested Lark is one of a few species that benefit from the intensification of agriculture. More info: Mateusz Lisiecki, Łukasz Dylewski, Barbara E. Kistowska & Marcin Tobółka (2020) The Crested Lark Galerida cristata as […]

National Science Centre PRELUDIUM grants

Agnieszka Majer and Kamila Karpicka-Ignatowska received PRELUDIUM grants financed by the National Science Centre in Poland. Agnieszka will study competition-dispersal trade-off in phytophagous mites. Kamila will find out whether passively dispersed herbivores rely on semiochemical cues when undertaking dispersal and how the ability to detect kairomones depends on the level of host specialization and environmental […]

New paper: A novel method for rearing tiny plant-feeding arthropods

Our recent paper describes a novel experimental approach for studying life-history traits of minute phytophagous arthropods More info: Karpicka-Ignatowska et al. 2019. A novel experimental approach for studying life-history traits of phytophagous arthropods utilizing an artificial culture medium. Scientific Reports 9, 20327 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-56801-4

Scholarships for our students!

Kamila Karpicka-Ignatowska and Ania Radwańska, MSc students in our Lab, have been awarded Educational Scholarship of Greater Poland Voivodeship Marshal. Furthermore, Kamila, Ania, Kasia Markowska (MSc student), and Monika Stefańska (BSc student) have been awarded the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University scholarships for outstanding students. Congratulations!

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 […]