May 2023: Our summer seminar has started. Please join us for exciting talks followed by snacks and drinks and personal exchange with the speaker and colleagues every Thursday at 16.00. See program.
March 2023: We welcome our new team member Vidisha Bansal as a PhD student! She will investigate the role of intraspecific variation in floral traits for interactions between plants and pollinators.
December 2022: Visit at the Gymnasium in Marquartstein to chat with school students, teachers and beekeepers about pollinator decline, research in the djungle and the super cool world of tropical stingless bees: www.lsh-marquartstein.de/news/437/Es%20ist%20Zeit,%20etwas%20gegen%20das%20Insektensterben%20zu%20unternehmen
November 2022: New PhD position available with our group. For details, see. Please, apply until December 31st.
July 2022: LOTS OF EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING. Kenneth got a DBU fellowship for his PhD work on microplastic effects on bees - congrats!!! We have two young visiting scientists who joined our group: Ismail from Turkey and Kelsey from the US! And: Bayern1 radio station as well as the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported about our "Insektentag an der Uni..."
June 2022: Some of our PhD students and Dr. Alejandra Parreño came up with a great concept for a contest to make our campus more sustainable and won the contest! TUMBeeParadise! Congratulations! Read more here: https://www.wzw.tum.de/index.php?id=185&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=2866&cHash=bfa319997db693d7fd9c967baa249cf7
May 2022: 80 students from elementary and primary schools visiting us at uni to discover more about the fascinating world of insects - "Insektentag an der Uni..."
May 2022: Read the really insightful special issue on pollinator health, including a study of our team onthe bee-pollen-microbiome-chemistry interaction framework in Osmia bicornis.
April 2022: Start of our SOLS Systems Summer Seminar - Sustainibility & Diversity: from Observations and Basic Research to Applied Science - with an exciting list of speakers: Program
January 2022: We welcome Ugo Mendes Diniz as new team member! He will set out to disentangle pollination networks in the wet tropics in Ecuador :-)
December 2021: Just in time for Christmas, our conceptual paper on the role of nutrition as critical link between biodiversity and wild bee health is out: https://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/fulltext/S0169-5347(21)00333-5
October 2021: Check out our Special Issue on the Sensory Ecology of Plant-Pollinator Interactions: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/15639/sensory-ecology-of-plant-pollinator-interactions#articles
October 2021: New article in Spektrum on pollinator decline (in German): https://www.spektrum.de/news/insektensterben-bestaeuber-im-sinkflug/1921891
August 2021: We welcome a new PhD student in our new project on the reassembly of tropical plant-pollinator along a restoration gradient as part of the new research group FOR 5207 (Reassembly).
May 2021: Not mowing in May? Interview with ZDF on whether or not reduced mowing in our backyards can help bees. Turned into an interesting discussion on insect decline, wicked problems and the role of our (global) society: https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/panorama/bienen-maehfreier-mai-100.html
27th of April 2021: Tonight (18:00) online talk (in German) at TUM@Freising: "Bienen vor dem Aus? Kann man unsere Bestäuber noch retten?" - looking forward to joint discussion on importance of structural diversity with Peter Annighöfer! wzw.tum.d/index.php
Watch the video of the talk and discussion on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgXSoS4Gstk
22nd of April 2021: Radio interview on bumblebees with Antenne Bayern!
April 2021: NutriB2 and MacroBEEs fieldwork started!
11th - 12th March 2021: Our team organized the first virtual pollination phytochemistry discussion meeting, a mixture of talks from experts in the field and of discussions on topics related to floral resource chemistry, methods and nutritional & sensory ecology. For details see (download pdf). If you would like to read the notes or watch the talks, just send us a note.
February 2021: Check out our new paper on Mutualisms and (a)symmetries in plant-pollinator interactions - published in Current Biology: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1cTab_LsQSOqDF.
November 2020: New article in National Geographic on our work on native and exotic flower seed mixtures: https://www.nationalgeographic.de/tiere/2020/11/insektensterben-exotische-snacks-helfen-bienen
6-8th Nov 2020: Nice presentations of several team members at the virtual SCAPE 2020 meeting: scape-pollination.org/scape-2020/ - lots of vivid discussions and questions afterwards!
Okt 2nd 2020: Fabian defended his PhD thesis and received a summa cum laude for his work. Congratulations!
March 13th 2020: New article featuring our work and chair in the Süddeutsche Zeitung: https://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/bienensterben-klimwandel-1.4839740?reduced=true
Check out an interesting special issues on the mechanisms underlying resource exploitation in insects: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/insects/special_issues/Nutr_Res_Insects