• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

BatPine - Promoting the resilience of ecosystem services to climate change: a case study with pine plantations, pine processionary moth and bats

 

Coniferous forests make a significant contribution to Portuguese GNP, yet they have been suffering severe losses since the late 1990s due to the plague of the invasive pine processionary moth. In here, we present a project that aims to promote pest suppression services by bats at pine stands. Using an innovative approach, we propose to combine metabarcoding data, ecological modelling and bat food-web analyses to produce maps and guidelines that may improve the resilience of these services considering predicted climate change. Our results have the potential to produce high profile scientific research while making a contribution for the sustainability of the exploitation of pine stands. The produced maps and guidelines will be provided to the forestry industry, thus transferring skills from cutting edge research to tackle current societal challenges.

 
Principal Investigator:
 
Hugo Rebelo

Hugo Rebelo

Auxiliary Researcher

 
Research Team:
 
 
Helena Santos

Helena Santos

PhD Student

 
Pedro Horta

Pedro Horta

Research Technician

 
Raquel Godinho

Raquel Godinho

Principal Researcher

 
Vanessa Mata

Vanessa Mata

PhD Student

 
 
Other Members:
Gareth Jones (University of Bristol), Tom Gilbert (University of Copenhagen), Orly Razgour (University of Southampton), Andreia Penado (University of Lisbon), Ruben Heleno (University of Coimbra)
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
 
Funded by:
FCT
 
Dates:
2018 (Duration: 3 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
CIBIO-InBIO, University of Bristol, University of Copenhagen, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Southampton, University of Lisbon, University of Coimbra
 
Reference:
AAC/02/SAICT/2017/31731