Ecology and evolution of obligate phytophagous mites

The host plant is the most important factor determinig the survival and development of obligate phytophagous organisms, such as eriophyoid mites. Understanding relationships between herbivores and their host plants is crucial for explaining the mechanisms of host specialization and the evolution of herbivore life-history traits. In our research, using experimental and molecular methods, we are exploring questions regarding the evolution of eriophyoid mite species complexes, especially those associated with cereals and other grasses. Currently, we are focusing on mechanisms of dispersal and their effects on the invasion potential of eriophyoid genotypes of interest.

Projects

Funding: National Science Centre grant no. 2016/21/B/NZ8/00786

PI: Anna Skoracka

Co-investigators: Sara Magalhães, Lechosław Kuczyński, Mariusz Lewandowski, Jacek Radwan, Alicja Laska, Agnieszka Kiedrowicz, Kamila Karpicka-Ignatowska, Anna Radwańska, Jarek Raubic, Ewa Puchalska

Duration: 2017 – 2020

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Funding: National Science Centre grant 2018/28/T/NZ8/00060

PI: Agnieszka Majer

Co-investigators: Anna Skoracka (supervisor)

Duration: 2014 – present

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PI: Alicja Laska

Co-investigators: Anna Skoracka, Mateusz Konczal (supervisors)

Duration: 2016 – present

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Funding: National Science Centre grant no. 2011/03/B/NZ8/00129

PI: Anna Skoracka

Co-investigators: Lechosław Kuczyński, Mariusz Lewandowski, Wiktoria Szydło

Duration: 2012-2016

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Funding:  National Science Centre grant no. 2017/27/N/NZ8/00305

PI: Alicja Laska

Co-investigators: Anna Skoracka (supervisor), Lechosław Kuczyński, Kamila Karpicka-Ignatowska, Anna Radwańska

Duration: 2018-2021

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Funding: National Science Centre, Poland, grant no.2011/01/N/NZ8/04540

PI: Wiktoria Szydło

Co-investigators: Anna Skoracka (supervision)

Duration: 2011 – 2014

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PI: Kamila Karpicka-Ignatowska

Co-investigators: Anna Skoracka (supervisor), Alicja Laska, Lechosław Kuczyński

Duration: 2016-2018

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Funding: National Science Centre grant no. 2017/27/N/NZ8/00305 and the Dean of Faculty of Biology AMU Grant no GDWB-07/2018

PI: Alicja Laska

Co-investigators: Mateusz Konczal & Anna Skoracka (supervisors), Mariusz Lewandowski, Lechosław Kuczyński

Duration: 2017 – ongoing

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