Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Valtonen, Anu
Organisation University of Eastern Finland
Project title Assembly of food webs during tropical forest restoration
Decision No. 324392
Decision date 22.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 421 423
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Project description
Forests play a fundamental part in the well-being of humankind, and restoration of forests has now emerged as a global priority. Yet, it is still poorly understood how efficiently forest restoration can bring back the complexity of functioning ecosystems, such as the crucial networks of species interactions. In this project, we study the assembly of food webs during tropical forest restoration. The three studied food webs include: 1) trees, lepidopteran larvae feeding on trees and their parasitoids; 2) trees, gallers of trees, and their natural enemies, and 3) cavity nesting bees and wasps, their prey, and their parasitoids. The research will be done in Kibale National Park, Uganda, in large-scale restoration planting areas.