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Ana Montero-Castaño

Ana Montero-Castaño
Joint Research Centre European Commission · Directorate D- Sustainable Resources Food Security Unit

PhD in Ecology
Project officer at European Commission, Joint Research Centre

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Introduction
My research focuses on the ecology of plant-pollinator interactions. I’m especially interested in understanding the factors that drive and disrupt such interactions. Within this framework, I conducted my PhD studying the effect of a non-native plant on the resident plant-pollinator communities, and I'm currently studying the combined effect of pesticides and pathogens on wild crop pollinators. My research combines both experimental and observational field studies and different spatial scales (from close vicinity to landscape) as well as molecular techniques. I'm interested in agricultural and urban areas as study systems.
Additional affiliations
September 2014 - June 2015
Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC)
Position
  • PhD
March 2011 - August 2011
Observatorio de la Sostenibilidad de Menorca (OBSAM-IME)
Position
  • PhD Student
September 2010 - December 2010

Publications

Publications (24)
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Bees are important pollinators of wild and domesticated flowering plant species. Over the last 30 years, an increasing number of scientific articles have been published on the ecology and conservation of wild bees. To achieve research goals, many studies have pursued the lethal take of wild bees. Although the impact of lethal take for scientific pu...
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Seventy five percent of the world's food crops benefit from insect pollination. Hence, there has been increased interest in how global change drivers impact this critical ecosystem service. Because standardized data on crop pollination are rarely available, we are limited in our capacity to understand the variation in pollination benefits to crop y...
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Identifying sustainable agricultural practices to support policy development requires a rigorous synthesis of scientific evidence based on experiments carried out around the world. In agricultural science, meta-analyses (MAs) are now commonly used to assess the impact of farming practices on a variety of outcomes, including crop and livestock produ...
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This book contains 23 chapters divided into seven parts. Part I reviews the key hypotheses in invasion ecology that invoke biotic interactions to explain aspects of plant invasion dynamics; and reviews models, theories and hypotheses on how invasion performance and impact of introduced species in recipient ecosystems can be conjectured according to...
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Most plant species rely on, or benefit from, animal pollination. Therefore, pollination interactions are expected to play a key role in the reproduction and invasion success of non-native plants in their new areas. Understanding this role will allow us to better predict certain plant invasions. Also, it will allow us to explore the potential of inv...
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In agricultural landscapes, differences in floral resources provided by crops compared with adjacent habitats promote the spillover of pollinators seeking to fulfil their feeding needs. These foraging patterns play an important role in both crop production and wild plant fitness. However, in classical observational studies, pollinator spillover pat...
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Standardized tools are needed to identify and prioritize the most harmful non-native species (NNS). A plethora of assessment protocols have been developed to evaluate the current and potential impacts of non-native species, but consistency among them has received limited attention. To estimate the consistency across impact assessment protocols, 89...
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A pesar de que España es uno de los países con mayor diversidad de polinizadores silvestres y, que de su conservación depende el futuro de nuestros cultivos y por tanto de nuestra alimentación, lo cierto es que hoy día seguimos sin conocer el estado de conservación de gran parte de esta fauna, una demanda histórica de la sociedad cien- tífica que s...
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In recent decades, there has been a remarkable expansion of pollinator-dependent crops. An increase in the use of commercial pollinator colonies associated with these crops may promote the spillover of managed pollinators into nearby natural habitats. There, these managed pollinators can exploit floral resources similar to those of wild pollinators...
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Pollen limitation can strongly influence reproduction of pollinator-dependent plants. Flower abundance can affect pollination ‘quantity’ and ‘quality’ due to its influence on pollen availability and foraging patterns of pollinators, ultimately impacting on seed production. We complemented individual-based measurements with landscape-level metrics t...
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Introduced entomophilous non-native plants usually become well integrated into the diet of generalist pollinators. This integration can affect the entire recipient plant-pollinator network. Effects vary from facilitative to competitive, and understanding the factors that govern such variability is one of the fundamental goals in invasion ecology. S...
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Entomophilous non-native plants can directly affect the pollination and reproductive success of native plant species and also indirectly, by altering the composition and abundance of floral resources in the invaded community. Separating direct from indirect effects is critical for understanding the mechanisms underlying the impacts of non-native sp...
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Cincuenta años después de su creación, ¿qué se investiga actualmente en la Estación Biológica de Doñana? Ahora hay técnicas de estudio muy avanzadas, el ámbito de actuación abarca el mundo entero y, por supuesto, se han incorporado nuevos científicos. Pero el interés por escudriñar la biodiversidad sigue vigente.
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Co-flowering plant species commonly share flower visitors, and thus have the potential to influence each other's pollination. In this study we analysed 750 quantitative plant-pollinator networks from 28 studies representing diverse biomes worldwide. We show that the potential for one plant species to influence another indirectly via shared pollinat...
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La introducción de especies exóticas se considera un componente importante del cambio global, que no sólo amplía artificialmente el área de distribución de determinadas especies, sino que además puede ocasionar impactos ecológicos y económicos en la región de introducción (1). De entre las especies exóticas establecidas en un territorio determinado...
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1. Alterations in land use and biological invasions are two major components of global change that threaten biodiversity. There is high concern about their impact on pollinators and the pollination services they provide. However, the growing literature shows different, even contradictory results. 2. We present a global meta-analysis of 58 publicati...
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Questions: Are island vegetation communities more invaded than their mainland counterparts? Is this pattern consistent among community types? Location: The coastal provinces of Catalonia and the para-oceanic Balearic Islands, both in NE Spain. These islands were connected to the continent more than 5.35 million years ago and are now located <200 km...