Welcome to the research page of Heinz Müller-Schärer
Professor of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Fribourg; research interest in ecological and evolutionary aspects of plant-antagonist interactions, especially in the context of plant invasion and range extension, and biological control; organisms: Centaurea stoebe, Senecio vulgaris, Veratrum album, Rumex spp and Ambrosia artemisiifolia, with their associated insect herbivores and pathogens.
On 31 March, we successfully started the 2017 field season in Lombardia, Northen Italy: both ragweed and Ophraella are out! Pics
On 16 May, we
received a very positive final assessment report on our achievements realised
through our four year
(2012-2016) COST-SMARTER research program (Sustainable Management of Ambrosia aRTemisiifolia in EuRope).
Thus ready for a next adventure! Pic
Great skiiing in the Fribourg pre-alps on warm and sunny 11 March, with Sarah, Maria, Anne-Marth, Joelle and Heinz. Pics
21 February: start of the thesis work of our three new Bachelor students
Carine Beuchat, Janisse Deluigi and
Shing-Chi LIU, welcome!
With a most successul stakeholder conference near Milano (IT) on 28 October 2016, with more than 100 participants
from local, regional and national authorities we concluded our 4 year COST SMARTER Action. In the afternoon, we
visited one of our field sites in Magnago (IT) link.
Shabbir from Pakistan.
I just recruited two more team members in the framework of my new SNSF project, Sarah Bouchmousse (France) as
PostDoc and Maria Litto (Italy) as PhD. Both will start early September 2016. Welcome!
On 21-26 April, Heinz gave a lecture course and seminars on “Biological Invasions and their Management” at Shiraz
University in Iran; he also enjoyed great hospitality and a tennis match Link
Yan (PostDoc) in the Milano, Italy area Link
Juppi! Heinz just received the full amount of his requested 600'000 EUR grant from SNSF to study the genomics of
Ophraella populations on ragweed (Demographic history and recent selection in novel environments: an innovative
approach to assess benefits and risks of a potential biological control agent)
Heinz, Benno, Suzanne and Yan participated in the Smarter Task Force Meeting Ophraella in Turin, Italy (21-23 March
Suzanne is visiting Yvonne Buckley's lab at Trinity College, Dublin to work on her integra Projecting Model for ragweed
population dynamics (7-20 March 2016)
Benno, Suzanne and Yan participated in the Biology16 meeting in Lausanne, and presented their latest findings (10-11 Feb.
Goodbye to Melinda Leitsch-Vitalos, who returns to Vienna with her family (21 Jan. 2016)
Heinz and Yan visited the lab of Prof. Oliver Bossdorf at University of Tübingen, where Heinz also gave a research seminar
(19-20 Jan. 2016)
Heinz and Yan visited the lab of Prof. Mark Van Kleunen at University of Konstanz, where Heinz also gave a research
seminar (11 Dec. 2015)
Group picture of 8th Nov. 2016
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