Dr Jan Hrček
Address: Biology Centre CAS,
370 05 Ceske Budejovice,
I am interested in ecology of interactions between insects and their parasites and in processes which structure complex natural networks of these interactions. I want to build a bridge between field community ecology and typical laboratory experiments with single interactions to allow deep mechanistic understanding of complex food webs. In my postdoc I focused on the effect of aphid secondary endosymbionts on the interaction between pea aphids and their fungal pathogens.
Hrček, J., McLean, A.H.C., Godfray H.C.J. (2016) Symbionts modify interactions between insects and natural enemies in the field Journal of Animal Ecology (accepted). DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12586
Hrček, J. and Godfray, H.C.J. (2015) What do molecular methods bring to host–parasitoid food webs? Trends in Parasitology, 31: 30-35.
Forister, M.L. et al. (2015) The global distribution of diet breadth in insect herbivores. PNAS, 112: 442-447.
Volf, M., Hrček, J. , Julkunen-Tiitto, R. & Novotny, V. (2015) To each its own: differential response of specialist and generalist herbivores to plant defence in willows. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84: 1123–1132.
Hrček, J. , Miller, S.E., Whitfield, J.B., Shima, H. & Novotny, V. (2013) Parasitism rate, parasitoid community composition and host specificity on exposed and semi-concealed caterpillars from a tropical rainforest. Oecologia, 173: 521–532.
Hrček, J. , Miller, S.E., Quicke, D.L.J., & Smith, M.A. (2011) Molecular detection of trophic links in a complex insect host-parasitoid food web. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11: 786-794.
personal web: http://lab.hrcek.net