Peter Witzgall

Peter Witzgall
Professor, Chemical Ecology


1989 PhD in Zoology, University of Munich.
2001 Professor in Plant Protection Sciences and Chemical Ecology, SLU.
2009 Faculty Chair in Chemical Ecology, SLU Alnarp.


Olfactory communication in flies and moths. The identification of semiochemicals mediating mate recognition and food search can be brought to practical application in safe insect management.


Current PhD student: Francisco Gonzalez

Publikationer i urval

Mori BA et al. 2016. Enhanced yeast feeding following mating facilitates control of the invasive fruit pest Drosophila suzukii. J appl Ecol (in press)

Walker III WB et al. 2016. The chemosensory receptors of codling moth Cydia pomonella - expression in larvae and adults. Sci Rep 6:23518

Gonzalez F et al. 2016. Protocol for heterologous expression of insect odourant receptors in Drosophila. Front Ecol Evol 4:24

Hatano E et al. 2015. A herbivore-induced plant volatile interferes with host plant and mate location in moths through suppression of olfactory signalling pathways. BMC Biology 13:75

Lebreton S et al. 2015. Feeding regulates sex pheromone attraction and courtship in Drosophila females. Sci Rep 5:13132

Lebreton S et al. 2014. Love makes smell blind: mating suppresses pheromone attraction in Drosophila females via OR65a olfactory neurons. Sci Rep 4:7119

Knight AL, Witzgall P. 2013. Combining mutualistic yeast and pathogenic virus - a novel method for codling moth control. J chem Ecol 39:1019-1026

Trona F et al. 2013. Neural coding merges sex and habitat chemosensory signals in an insect herbivore. Proc R Soc B 280:20130267

Witzgall P et al. 2012. "This is not an apple" - yeast mutualism in codling moth. J chem Ecol 38:949–957

Becher PG et al. 2012. Yeast, not fruit volatiles mediate attraction and development of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Funct Ecol 26:822-828

Saveer AM et al. 2012. Floral to green: mating switches moth olfactory coding and preference. Proc R Soc B 279:2314-2322

Witzgall P et al. 2010. Sex pheromones and their impact on pest management. J chem Ecol 36:80-100

Witzgall P et al. 2008. Codling moth management and chemical ecology. Annu Rev Entomol 53:503–522

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Telefon: 040-415307
Växtskyddsbiologi, Box 102
23053 Alnarp
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