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INTERREG project protectAlps started
Friday, 20. April 2018

Insects in the Alpine region - INTERREG project protectAlps started

The decline in diversity and the total mass of insects is on everyone's lips. With the involvement of UFS, the project protectAlps has now started to record the burden of persistent pollutants in alpine insects. The main research areas are in the Zugspitze area and in the Hohe Tauern on the Hohe Sonnblick.
The project is related to the measurements of the atmospheric input of persistent pollutants, which is performed by the Bavarian Environment Agency at the UFS and the Austrian Federal Environment Agency at the Sonnblick Observatory since 2005 (PureAlps).
In addition to the burden of insects with persistent pollutants such as dioxins or organochlorine pesticides, the measurement of atmospheric nitrogen compounds will be standardized between the observatories. The entry of such nitrogen compounds via the precipitate leads to an enrichment with nutrients even in pristine areas - which in turn leads to shifts in the plant community and the dependent insects.
Partners in the project protectAlps are the Bavarian Environment Agency, the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus, the Observatory Sonnblick and the University of Innsbruck, Institute of Ecology.

The biodiversity of plants in the Alps is closely linked to a large number of insects. Insects are also at remote sites exposed to the input of persistent pollutants from the atmosphere.

 

Photo: Birgit Schlick-Steiner and Florian Steiner, University of Innsbruck