MSc Thesis Topic: Plant phenology and host plant shift of native herbivores to exotic plant species

Exotic plant species often escape from natural enemies in their new range.

Grasshopper on an invasive plant/Picture: Mirka Macel
Grasshopper on an invasive plant/Picture: Mirka Macel

Occasionally, however, native insect herbivores will discover these new plants and some will be able to switch from their native host plant to the exotic plant. Are chemical traits important in this host plant switch? And how important is timing of insect abundance and plant growth / flowering of the native and exotic plants?

Duration:

At least 6 months, to begin from April onwards to match the field season.