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DOI 10.1186/s13104-022-06213-x
Licence creative commons licence
Title (Primary) Historical records of plant-insect interactions in subarctic Finland
Author Zoller, L.; Knight, T.M.
Source Titel BMC Research Notes
Year 2022
Department BZF; iDiv
Volume 15
Page From art. 317
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
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Keywords Pollination; Climate change; Decade; Long-term; Plant-pollinator interactions; Interaction network


Historical ecological records document the diversity and composition of communities decades or centuries ago. They can provide a valuable benchmark for comparisons with modern communities. Historical datasets on plant-animal interactions allow for modern comparisons that examine the stability of species and interaction networks over long periods of time and in response to anthropogenic change. Here we present a curated dataset of interactions between plants and insects in subarctic Finland, generated from digitizing a historical document from the late 19th century and updating the taxonomy using currently accepted nomenclature.

Data description

The resulting dataset contains 654 records of plant-insect interactions observed during the years 1895–1900, and includes 498 unique interactions between 86 plant species and 173 insect taxa. Syrphidae, Apidae and Muscidae were the insect families involved in most interactions, and interactions were most observed with the plant species Angelica archangelica, Salix caprea, and Chaerophyllum prescottii. Interaction data are available as csv-file and provide a valuable resource on plant-insect interactions over 120 years ago in a high latitude ecosystem that is undergoing rapid climate change.

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Zoller, L., Knight, T.M. (2022):
Historical records of plant-insect interactions in subarctic Finland
BMC Res. Notes 15 , art. 317 10.1186/s13104-022-06213-x