PRESENTATION OF THE EXPLORECOLAB PROJECT
Experimental study of the effects of climate change on lepidoptera – host plants – ants symbiosis
The studied species selected according to different criteria are the following: Polyommatus icarus, Lasius niger and Trifolium repens, Lotus corniculatus, Medicago.
In the laboratory, the lepidopteran-ant host symbiosis relationship is reproduced in a stable closed ecosystem called ExplorEcolab.
Different climate change scenarios are applied in the ExplorEcolab laboratory. Different parameters are measured and analyzed to better understand the climate-symbiosis relationship.