Plant-Insect Interactions in the Tropics
Since 2000, our laboratory’s research is devoted to the study of plant ecology and especially on single and multiple plant-insect interactions, including mutualistic and antagonistic relationships, such as: pollination, seed-dispersal, herbivory, and plant-herbivores-parasitoids interactions. We adopted an evolutionary-ecological perspective in order to understand how biotic interactions evolve. Recently we have been working with plant local adaptation to insect interactions, using ambitious field experiments at large geographical scales, as well as molecular tools. Additionally, we are generating ecological information that could be use for: forest management, conservation of endangered and endemic plant species, crop pollination, and programs to control invasive plant species.
We are lucky because we have several friends as collaborators. Right know we have ongoing projects and collaborations with: Carlos Herrera and Conchita Alonso from the Estación Biológica de Doñana (Spain). Fabian Vargas Mendoza, from the Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, IPN, (México); Luis Abdala-Roberts, Xoaquin Moreira and Kailen Mooney, from the University of California (USA). Luz María Calvo, from the Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, (México).Tia-Lynn Ashman and Gerardo Arceo, from the University of Pittsburgh, (USA). Cecilia Díaz from the Instituto de Ecología, A.C. (México), Victor Rico-Gray from the Universidad Veracruzana (México), Jeff Ollerton, from Northampton University (UK), Julio Campo, from Instituto de Ecología, UNAM(México) and Miguel Munguia Rosas, from CINVESTAV (México)
Update: January /2014