Sara Diana Leonhardt - PI (photo),
Sara Leonhardt is the chair of the Plant-Insect Interactions group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the coordinator of NutriB2. Alejandra Parreno is postdoc in NutriB2 and coordinates the research also from TUM. The team at TUM studies the ecology and chemistry of plant-insect interactions in both temperate and tropical regions, with particular focus on bees. In NutriB2, they determine nutritional niches of wild bees and investigate how differences in floral biodiversity affect these nutritional niches and the nutritional composition of pollen sources collected by bees. They combine ecological methods (field studies, biostatistics) with modern analytical chemistry (GCMS, HPLC).