Robert Glinwood

Robert Glinwood
I study the role of chemicals in plant-insect and plant-plant interactions and how they can be applied to develop sustainable crop protection strategies.


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.


Course leader for:

Plant production- soil & crops

Sustainable food production- sustainability challenges & crop system solutions


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

Publikationer i urval


Đukić N, Andrić G, Glinwood R, Ninkovic V, Andjelković B, Radonjić A. (2021) The Effect of 1‐Pentadecene on Tribolium Castaneum Behavior: Repellent or Attractant? Pest Management Science 77: 4034-4039


Vicherová E., Glinwood R., Hájek T., Šmilauer P. & Ninkovic V. 2020. Bryophytes can recognize their neighbours through volatile organic compounds. Scientific Reports 10:7405


Dahlin I, Rubene D, Glinwood R, Ninkovic V (2018) Pest suppression in cultivar mixtures is influenced by neighbor‐specific plant‐plant communication. Ecological Applications


Muola A, Weber D, Malm L, Egan PA, Glinwood R, Parachnowitsch AL, Stenberg JA (2017) Direct and pollinator-mediated effects of herbivory on strawberry and the potential for improved resistance. Frontiers in Plant Science 8: 823. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00823 

Junker R, 40 co-authors including Glinwood R (2017) Covariation and phenotypic integration in chemical communication displays: biosynthetic constraints and eco-evolutionary implications. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.14505

Schröder, M.L., Glinwood, R., Ignell, R., Krüger K. (2017) The role of visual and olfactory plant cues in aphid behaviour and the development of non-persistent virus management strategies. Arthropod-Plant Interactions doi:10.1007/s11829-016-9463-7

Losvik A, Beste L, Glinwood R, Ivarson E, Stephens J, Zhu L-H, Jonsson L. (2017) Overexpression and down-regulation of barley lipoxygenase lox2.2 affects jasmonate-regulated genes and aphid fecundity. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 18, 2765; doi:10.3390/ijms18122765


Markovic D., Nikolic N., Glinwood R., Seisenbaeva G. & Ninkovic V (2016) Plant responses to brief touching: a mechanism for early neighbour detection? PLOS ONE 11 (11), e0165742 

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 DOI: 10.1007/s11104-015-2456-y

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 Science15: 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 9, 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 DOI: 10.1007/s11829-014-9303-6 

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 doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars172

Tegelaar K, Glinwood R, Petersson J, Leimar O (2013) Transgenerational effects and the cost of ant tending in aphids. Oecologia173: 779-790 DOI 10.1007/s00442-013-2659-y


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. 
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 DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19387.x

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.


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