• 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
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIVOLE – The role of voles in agroecosystems: Linking pest management to biodiversity conservation under environmental change

 

The AGRIVOLE project will assess the responses of vole communities to agroecosystem structure and agricultural practices, by combining ecological tools and high throughput DNA sequencing techniques. We will analyse the effects of different population regulatory processes and evaluate how community responses may affect the potential for pest outbreaks or impact the resilience of vole species of conservation concern. The focus will be on the vole community of northeastern Portugal agroecosystems, a species rich system where vole pests have significant economic impact on fruit tree orchards. We will use data already collected by our team on voles’ distribution in the region, complemented with detailed plant and vole surveys, including trophic niche analyses, across agroecosystems with different structures and management treatments. We expect the results obtained to contribute significantly to foster sustainable agricultural techniques linking pest management to biodiversity conservation.

 
Principal Investigator:
 
Joana Paupério

Joana Paupério

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Research Team:
 
 
Paulo Célio Alves

Paulo Célio Alves

Associate Professor

 
Sandra Aresta

Sandra Aresta

Services and Technology Transfer Manager

 
 
Other Members:
Ricardo Pita - CoPI (University of Évora), António Mira (University of Évora), Sara Santos (University of Évora), Pamela Puppo (North Dakota University), Soraia Barbosa (University of Idaho), João Alexandre Cabral (UTAD)
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
 
Funded by:
FCT
 
Dates:
2018 (Duration: 3 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
CIBIO-InBIO, University of Évora
 
Reference:
PTDC/BIA-ECO/31728/2017