(top) Maria Faticov and Adam Ekholm are heating the oak food web to study the impact of climate on phenology, microbes & insects. (bottom-left) Laura van Dijk’s new project on the spatial dynamics of systemic diseases in the wood anemone. (bottom-right) The impact of overwintering temperature on the spring phenology of insects on oak: waiting for thousands of leaf miners, gallers and their parasitoids to emerge.
(top) Meeting the Swedish King at the Royal Palace. I received a grant for höstförsöket (our new citizen science project) where we will collaborate with school children across Sweden to disentangle the relationship between climate, phenology and the oak food web. (bottom) A sprouting coffee bean in Goma forest, where we launched our new SIDA-funded project on coffee pests and pathogens in SW Ethiopia.
Other major & minor events:
- Tarique Amin succesfully defended his master thesis on the interaction between a perennial herb, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and an aboveground herbivore
- Member of the PhD evaluation panel of Srisailam Marupakula in Roger Finlay‘s research group at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala
- I started tweeting at www.twitter.com/aycotack
- I was awarded the title of docent (a peculiar Nordic academic title) by Stockholm University
- We had our first annual group meeting, which took place at Ekenäs herrgård together with Johan Stenberg‘s research group
- I was awarded a Junior Researcher grant from Vetenskapsrådet to study plant-microbe-insect interactions!
- Kristoffer Hylander and I received funding from SIDA for a three-year research project on fungal diseases on coffee in Southwestern Ethiopia
- Shravya Kadali finished her internship on the molecular identification of endosymbionts associated with leaf miners and gallers on oak (a project with Anne Duplouy at Helsinki University)
- I was a member of the PhD evaluation panel of Jon de Long in David Wardle‘s research group at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå
(top) Setting up a PlantPopNet population in the beautiful surrounding of Östra Ryd (North of Stockholm). (bottom-left) Looking at the vegetation and soil community associated with Plantago lanceolata in Åland, Finland, and comparing it to a study done 6 years ago by Stafva Lindström and Anna-Liisa Laine from Helsinki University. (bottom-right) Genetic analyses of the arbuscular mycorrhizal community in collaboration with Anders Andersson, Luisa Hugerth and Björn Lindahl at SciLifeLab.
A bi-yearly update on cool stuff!
Our lab recently moved to Stockholm, where I (Ayco) will start as an assistant professor (‘biträdende lektor’). The position revolves around ‘Plant-based species interactions‘.
The new visiting address is:
Svante Arrheniusväg 20A
114 18 Stockholm
Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
SE-106 91 Stockholm
And my personal webpage at the department