Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

bombus terrestris


General Zoology, Institute of Biology

phone: +49 345 5526507

room 6.05.0
Hoher Weg 8
06120 Halle (Saale)

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Patrycja Pluta

Research interest

  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Epidemiology
  • Pollinator ecology
  • Ecological modelling

I am interested in ecology of insects and their pathogens, particularly in the modulation of host-pathogen interactions by environmental factors. Throughout my work in the project ComBee and other ventures, I put an emphasis on modelling using frequentist and bayesian approaches.

ComBee Project

The scientific objective of ComBee is to investigate the direct and  indirect landscape-related ways of mitigation of pollinator insect losses. The interactions between different  agri-environmental measures and landscape structures, their  effects on pollinator communities, population development of  wild and managed bees, prevalence of pathogens and parasites, resource use and trophic interactions between plants, pollinators, and pathogens are the core interests of the project.

Curriculum vitae

2021 - present
PhD Student, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
ComBee Project

2015 - 2021
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

2018 - 2019
MostAR Exchange Student, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

2017 - 2018
Erasmus Exchange Student, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Pluta P., Paxton R. 2022. Assessing the impact of disease on pollinators. In: Kevan, P.G., Chan, S.W. (Eds.), Promoting Pollination and Pollinators in Farming. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK. ISBN: 9781801460989

Sokół R., Pluta P. 2022. Endoparasites in Western Capercaillies (Tetrao urogallus) and Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) kept in various types of aviaries. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 58, 114-121. 10.7589/JWD-D-21-00017

Pluta P., Sokół R. 2020. Changes in the expression of antimicrobial peptide genes in honey bees (Apis mellifera) under the influence of various pathogens. Annals of Parasitology 66, 457–465. 10.17420/ap6604.286


2022 September - 9th Congress of Apidology EurBee, Belgrade, Serbia, talk: 'Impact of Agri-environment schemes on parasite prevalence and spillover among managed and wild bees'

2022 April - Die 69. Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Institute für Bienenforschung e.V., Hohenheim, Germany, talk: 'Relationship between agri-environmental measures and pathogen prevalence in honey bees and bumble bees'

2020 February - Third International Technical Conference Eimeriana Avia, Wrocław, Poland, poster: 'Mapping (assessment) of the population of Dermanyssus gallinae in a henhouse of hens using an invasion monitoring system'

Courses and workshops

'H2020 PoshBee workshop: Develop your bee-related research skills and find out the latest trends in the field', PoshBee Project, Univeristy of Mons, 2022

'Research and Proposal Writing in the Sciences' course, StudentAID, 2020

'Veterinary Oncology' course, University of Warmia and
Mazury in Olsztyn, 2019

'Protection and use of laboratory animals' course, University of Warmia and Mazury, 2017