Karin Staudacher

University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology

Research Group: Applied and Trophic Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25     (Room 508)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51673
F +43 (0)512 507-51799

Fields of Work

  • Trophic interactions of invertebrates in agricultural systems
  • Food web structure and biological control
  • Molecular species identification in soil insects

Current projects

Previous projects



Staudacher K, Jonsson M, Traugott M (2015) Diagnostic PCR assays to unravel food web interactions in cereal crops with focus on biological control of aphids. Journal of Pest Science. DOI 10.1007/s10340-015-0685-8  

Roubinet E., Straub C.S., Jonsson T., Staudacher K., Traugott M., Ekbom B. & Jonsson M. (2015): Additive effects of predator diversity on pest control caused by few interactions among predator species. Ecological Entomology, 40, 362–371.  

Wallinger C., Staudacher K., Schallhart N., Mitterrutzner E., Steiner E.-M., Juen A. & Traugott M. (2014): How generalist herbivores exploit belowground plant diversity in temperate grasslands. Molecular Ecology 23: 3826-3837.

Staudacher K., Schallhart N., Thalinger B., Wallinger C., Juen A. & Traugott M. (2013): Plant diversity affects behavior of generalist root herbivores, reduces crop damage, and enhances crop yield. Ecological Applications 23(5): 1135-1145.

Staudacher K., Schallhart N., Pitterl P., Wallinger C., Brunner N., Kromp B., Landl M., Glauninger J. & Traugott M. (2013): Occurrence of Agriotes wireworms in Austrian agricultural land. Journal of Pest Science 86: 33-39.

Wallinger C., Staudacher K., Schallhart N., Peter E., Dresch P., Juen A. & Traugott M. (2013): The effect of plant identity and the level of plant decay on molecular gut content analysis in a herbivorous soil insect. Molecular Ecology Resources 13: 75-83.

Schallhart N., Tusch M.J., Wallinger C., Staudacher K. & Traugott M. (2012): Effects of plant identity and diversity on the dietary choice of a soil-living insect herbivore. Ecology. 93: 2650-2657. Abstract

Wallinger C., Juen A., Staudacher K., Schallhart N., Mitterrutzner E., Steiner E.-M., Thalinger B. & Traugott M. (2012): Rapid Plant Identification Using Species- and Group-Specific Primers Targeting Chloroplast DNA. PlosOne, 7(1): e29473. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029473.  

Schallhart N., Tusch M.J., Staudacher K., Wallinger C., Traugott M. (2011): Stable isotope analysis reveals whether soil-living elaterid larvae move between agricultural crops. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43, 1612-1614.  

Staudacher K., Wallinger C., Schallhart N. & Traugott M. (2011): Detecting ingested plant DNA in soil-living insect larvae. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 43, 346-350.  

Staudacher K., Pitterl P., Furlan L., Cate P.C. & Traugott M. (2011): PCR-based species identification of Agriotes larvae. Bulletin of Entomological Research 101, 201-210. Abstract

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