10 October 2019
The pollen and nectar diet of pollinators contains a rich diversity of plant metabolites. So far, the impact of plant secondary compounds on pollinator health remains however poorly understood. As the Ann Sowerby Fellow in Pollinator Health at Kew, I am investigating the chemical diversity of pollen and nectar in important bee foraging plants of the UK, and the effect of selected compounds on microbial parasites of bees. I am especially interested in experimentally testing the interactions between secondary plant compounds, parasites, and the specific bacterial gut microbiome of bees. Ultimately, an improved understanding of beneficial or detrimental effects of native or invasive flowering plants on bee health will help to better support pollinator populations in the UK. Given the growing concerns about pollinator decline caused by habitat destruction, pesticides, and global spread of pathogens, this research is particularly urgent.
- Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, USA 2013-2015
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, USA, 2012-2013
- PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2012
- MSc, Imperial College/Natural History Museum London, UK, 2007
- Undergraduate Studies, University of Rostock, Germany, 2003-2006
Kwong, W. K., Engel, P., Koch, H., & Moran, N. A. (2014).
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 11509-11514.
McArt, S. H., Koch, H., Irwin, R. E., & Adler, L. S. (2014).
Ecology Letters 17: 624-636.
Koch, H., Abrol, D. P., Li, J., & Schmid‐Hempel, P. (2013).
Molecular Ecology 22: 2028-2044.
Koch, H., & Schmid‐Hempel, P. (2012)
Gut microbiota instead of host genotype drive the specificity in the interaction of a natural host‐parasite system.
Ecology Letters 15: 1095-1103.
Koch, H., & Schmid-Hempel, P. (2011).
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108: 19288-19292.