Impact of climate change on biodiversity and spread of invasive species - A study on Arion slugs

Projekter: ProjektForskning

  • Slotsbo, Stine (Deltager)
  • Kramarz, Paulina (Projektkoordinator)
  • Kałuski, Tomasz (Deltager)
  • Txurruka, Jesus Mari (Deltager)
  • Gawel, Maria (Deltager)
  • Castillejo, Jose (Deltager)
  • Hatteland, Bjørn Arild (Deltager)
  • Haukeland, Solveig (Deltager)
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University
Se relationer på Aarhus Universitet


It is well recognized that climate change will affect impact and range of biological invasions, one of the major drivers of biodiversity changes. The ecological and economic consequences of interaction of both phenomena are still only partly understood and difficult to predict. Thus, enhanced research on biological invasions in the face of climate change is urgently needed. The infamous ‘Iberian slug’, Arion vulgaris (also known as A. lusitanicus), is a well-known example of a devastating invasive species that has gradually spread from Southern Europe to Central and Northern Europe in the last 4-5 decades, confirming the reported rise in average temperature. We propose to study climate change as a major factor contributing to further expansion of A. vulgaris as a model to predict further spread of other invasive species with increase of environmental temperature. At the same time, by studying the slug’s parasites we will discover the most common parasites of Arion and will explore mode of parasites’ spread along with invasive species. We will also aim to find novel biological control agents of A. vulgaris possible to apply in future and thus contributing to non-toxic environmentally friendly alternatives for pest management.
Effektiv start/slut dato13/12/201312/12/2016

ID: 129007846