Projects using RangeShifter:
The missing link: unraveling the role of genetic variation of beneficial arthropods in agro-ecosystems
Insects are vital components of most terrestrial ecosystems. We are currently experiencing large population declines in insects due to anthropogenic causes, such as intensified land use, habitat loss and fragmentation, but we know very little about the implications for genetic diversity. Loss of genetic diversity can amplify population extinction and reduce the diversity and crucial ecosystem services and functions that insects perform. This project investigates the population genetic consequences of the dramatic declines observed in insect diversity and abundance, and the link between population size, genetic diversity, and the ability of insects to perform their natural important ecological roles.