We study the effect of different management strategies on biodiversity of woodland associated insects. We are principally interested in the management of protected woodland areas and their conservation potential. We explore the importance of traditional silvicultural practices, such as coppicing or wood-pasture, and their potential use in ecological restoration.
We are interested in which environmental factors drive the diversity and shape of communities of woodland associated insects. We study their assemblages in a wide variety of different woodland habitats and compare them on multiple levels. We explore the differences between communities and their underlying mechanisms to provide an explanation for their diversity as well as a means for their conservation.
Our focus is on the preservation of umbrella species and their habitats. Identification of habitat requirements, ranging from management practices on sites they occur to host tree parameters and surrounding environmental characteristics is necessary in order to better understand their ecology and provide guidelines for their conservation.
Knowledge of demography, phenology and dispersal ability of endangered species is crucial for developing effective conservation policies. To obtain such information methods such as mark-release-recapture (MRR) and radio-tracking has been employed for different species of (mostly saproxylic) beetles.
Using different molecular markers (mitochondrial and nuclear genes, microsatellites) we study the patterns of population genetic diversity and phylogeographic structure of the threatened saproxylic beetles in Europe. Such information may increase our knowledge of the species’ biology and facilitate more effective conservation.
Biology Centre CAS Institute of Entomology Branišovská 31 370 05 České Budějovice Czech Republic