Presentation of the ExplorEcoLab project
Experimental study of the effects of climate change on lepidoptera – host plants – ants relationship
The studied species selected according to different criteria are the following:
- butterfly Polyommatus icarus
- host plants of Polyommatus icarus : Trifolium repens, Lotus corniculatus
- ants Lasius niger
In the laboratory, the lepidopteran-ant host symbiosis relationship is reproduced in a stable closed ecosystem called ExplorEcolab.
Experience 1 : Reproduce the lepidopteran-host plants-ants relationship in a closed environment
Experience 2 : Different climate change scenarios are applied in the ExplorEcolab laboratory. Different parameters are measured and analyzed to better understand the climate-symbiosis relationship.