Leipzig can­opy forest crane pro­ject in co­oper­a­tion with iDIV

In­vest­ig­a­tion of pol­len di­versity at dif­fer­ent alti­tudes in co­oper­a­tion with the Auwald Con­sor­tium of the Uni­versity of Leipzig and the iDIV

Tree canopies are one of the most biodiverse habitats in Central Europe. Protein-rich pollen can provide an enormous food base for epiphytic-living organisms. In this project, we investigate seasonal pollen distribution in an urban riparian forest at different elevations. Durham pollen traps were placed at three different elevations and changed weekly to analyze seasonal pollen availability in the canopy. Samples will be analyzed using metabarcoding. The goal of this scientific subproject is to assess intrinsic pollen diversity in tree canopies at different elevations and to analyze and understand ecosystem functions and interactions.

Image: Ronny Richter
Durham pollen traps in the Leipzig floodplain forest at different altitudes.

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