Shifts in flowering phases of plants due to reduced insect density

ScienceDaily | Oct 26, 2020 at 8:32 PM
  • A research group of the University of Jena (Germany) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv) has discovered that insects have a decisive influence on the biodiversity and flowering phases of plants.
  • Whereas previous studies had only carried out field experiments, the research team used the “Ecotron,” an iDiv research facility where identical climatic situations can be simulated in artificial ecosystems and observed with cameras.
  • In their experiment, the researchers studied how plant composition and plant development change if the number of insects falls by three-quarters.