Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Department of Crop Production Ecology

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences



Robert Glinwood



Telephone: (+46) 018 - 67 2342
Room: B228


Department of Crop Production Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Box 7044
750 07 UPPSALA

Research interests

Chemical information is richly available to plants and insects, and both make extensive use of chemical signals to overcome the challenges they face in interactions with each other and their habitats. I am an insect scientist interested in how insects and plants produce and exploit chemical signals, and how this knowledge can be applied to development of novel, sustainable insect pest management strategies.

My current research aims to enhance the capacity of plants to resist attack by aphid pests, by exploiting chemical signalling between the plants themselves, between plants and aphids, and between plants and aphid natural enemies in order to develop new, more sustainable solutions to aphid control in cereals, primarily barley. I study the effects of plant-plant communication on the natural enemies of aphids, primarily ladybirds and parasitic wasps, and investigate tritrophic interactions in mixed genotype cropping.

I also work with the volatile chemistry of crop plants, collecting and identifying the volatile blends released by the plants and investigating how they mediate interactions between plants and between plants and insects. The goal is to discover new ways to manipulate induced resistance against pests and diseases in crop plants.

I am currently involved in the ongoing projects:

Barley cultivar mixtures: a route to robust cropping systems- funded by Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning (SLF)

Functional botanical diversity: a path to robust cropping systems - funded by SLU Ekoforsk

Multifunctional cropping systems: linking plant-plant interactions, insect pest control and wildlife- funded by Formas

Nanotechnology for innovative protection against insect pests- funded by Formas

Recent publications


Nordéus K, Båge R, Gustafsson H, Glinwood R, Söderquist L (2016). A small expose on bovine pheromones: with special reference to modifications of the reproductive cycle. In Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13 (Eds: Schulte BA, Goodwin TE, Ferkin MH) pp 33-42


Kegge, W., Ninkovic, V, Glinwood, R., Welschen, R.A.M., Voesenek L.A.C.J. & Pierik, R. (2015) Exposure to low red:far-red light conditions affects emission of volatile organic compounds and their effects on biomass allocation in neighbouring barley (Hordeum vulgare) plants. Annals of Botany doi: 10.1093/aob/mcv036

Hossain S, Bergkvist G, Glinwood R, Berglund K, Mårtensson A, Hallin S & Persson P (2015) Brassicaceae cover crops reduce Aphanomyces pea root rot without suppressing genetic potential of microbial nitrogen cycling. Plant & Soil 392: 227-238

Schröder ML, Glinwood R, Ignell R & Krüger K (2015) Landing preference and reproduction of Rhopalosiphum padi (bird cherry - oat aphid) in the laboratory on three maize, potato and wheat cultivars. Journal of Insect Science 15: 63; DOI: 10.1093/jisesa/iev048

Schröder M.L., Glinwood R., Webster W., Ignell R & Krüger K. (2015) Olfactory responses of Rhopalosiphum padi (Hemiptera: Aphididae) to three maize, potato and wheat cultivars and the selection of prospective crop border plants. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata DOI: 10.1111/eea.12359


Vucetic A., Dahlin I., Petrovic-Obradovic O., Glinwood R., Webster B. & Ninkovic V. (2014) Volatile interaction between undamaged plants affects tritrophic interactions through changed plant volatile emission. Pant Signaling & Behavior e29517

Markovic D., Glinwood, R. & Ninkovic, V. (2014) Plant response to touch affects the behaviour of aphids and ladybirds. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 8: 171-181

Hossain S., Bergkvist G., Berglund K., Glinwood R., Kabouw P., Mårtensson A. & Persson P. (2014) Concentration and time dependent effects of isothiocyanates produced from Brassicaceae shoot tissues on the pea root rot pathogen Aphanomyces euteiches. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry doi:  10.1021/jf501776c

Nordéus K.,Webster B., Söderquist L., Båge R., Glinwood R. (2014) Cycle-characteristic odour of cow urine can be detected by the female face fly (Musca autumnalis). Reproduction in Domestic Animals doi:10.1111/rda.12393

Schröder ML, Glinwood R, Ignell R & Krüger K (2014) Visual cues and host-plant preference of the bird cherry-oat aphid, Rhopalosiphum padi (Hemiptera: Aphididae). African Entomology 22: 428-436.


Ninkovic V,  Dahlin I, Vucetic A, Petrovic-Obradovic O, Glinwood R, Webster B (2013) Volatile exchange between undamaged plants - a new mechanism affecting insect orientation in intercropping. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69431.

Webster B, Qvarfordt E, Olsson U, Glinwood R (2013) Different roles for innate and learnt behavioral responses to odors in insect host-location. Behavioral Ecology 24: 366-372

Tegelaar K, Glinwood R, Petersson J, Leimar O (2013) Transgenerational effects and the cost of ant tending in aphids. Oecologia 173: 779-790


Pareja M., Qvarfordt E., Webster B, Mayon P, Pickett J, Birkett M., Glinwood R. (2012) Herbivory by a phloem-feeding insect inhibits floral volatile production. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31971. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031971

Tegelaar K, Hagman M, Glinwood R, Petterson J, Leimar O (2012) Ant-aphid mutualism: the influence of ants on the aphid summer cycle. Oikos 121-61-66

Šipoš J, Kvastegård E, Baffoe KO, Kawshar S, Glinwood R, KindlmannP. (2012) Differences in the predatory behaviour of male and female ladybird beetles (Coccinellidae). European Journal of Environmental Sciences 2: 47-51.


Glinwood R
, Ninkovic V, Pettersson J (2011) Chemical interaction between undamaged plants- effects on herbivores and natural enemies. Phytochemistry 72: 1682-1689

Glinwood R, Ahmed E, Qvarfordt E, Ninkovic V (2011) Olfactory learning of plant genotypes by a polyphagous insect predator. Oecologia 166: 637-647

Ninkovic V, Al Abassi S, Ahmed E, Glinwood R, Pettersson J (2011) Effect of within-species plant genotype mixing on habitat preference of a polyphagous insect predator. Oecologia 166: 391-400

Dekker T, Ignell R, Ghebru M, Glinwood R, Hopkins R (2011) Identification of mosquito repellent odours from Ocimum forskolei. Parasites and Vectors 4: 183.


Åhman, I, Glinwood R, Ninkovic V (2010) The potential for modifying plant volatile composition to enhance resistance to arthropod pests. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 5 (6): 1-10.

Glinwood R. (2010) Volatile chemical interaction between undamaged plants - effects at higher trophic levels. In F. Baluška, V. Ninkovic eds. Plant Communication from an Ecological Perspective, Springer-Verlag, Berlin


Pareja , M., Mohib, A., Birkett, M.A., Dufour, S., Glinwood, R.T. (2009) Multivariate statistics coupled to generalised linear models reveal complex use of chemical cues by a parasitoid. Animal Behaviour 77: 901-909

Bandara K.A.N.P., Kumar, V., Ninkovic, V., Ahmed, E., Pettersson, J., Glinwood, R. (2009) Can leek interfere with bean plant - bean fly interaction? Test of ecological pest management in mixed cropping. Journal of Economic Entomology 102: 999-1008

Glinwood R., Ahmed E, Qvarfordt E, Ninkovic V, Pettersson J (2009) Airborne interactions between undamaged plants of different cultivars affect insect herbivores and natural enemies. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 3: 219-224

Ninkovic V, Glinwood R, Dahlin I (2009) Weed-barley interactions affect aphid plant acceptance in laboratory and field experiments. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 133: 38-45


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