Last changed: 07 December 2018

The Department of Ecology has great knowledge about insects. We conduct research on how they live, how they interact with other species, their importance in the ecosystem and how they are affected by changes. Knowing more about insects’ ecology is important in order to understand why some insects become insect pests.


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Research groups

We have three research units that focus on insects: Agricultural entomology, Forest entomology and Insect Ecology. Insects are also important study organisms for the unit of Conservation Biology and Soil Ecology.

More about our research and researchers

Examples of projects involving insects

Insects as food, entomophagy

How can we domesticate food insects? Formas and VR project

SLU news: Edible crickets can be reared on weeds and cassava plant tops
Report: Insects as food - something for the future?

Follow our blog: Crickets as sustainable food

Kontakt: Åsa Berggren (Anna Jansson, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry)

Insect food webs in space and time

Web page of insect ecology

Contact: Tomas Roslin

Ecology of saproxylic insects

Contact: Mats Jonsell, Thomas Ranius, Jonas Victorsson

The large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis  

Contact: Göran Nordlander, Adriana Puentes

Spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus

Contact: Martin Schroeder, Åke Lindelöw

Green rights-of-way infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem services

Butterflies are favored by power-line corridors

Contact: Erik Öckinger

Optimized pollination of field beans for sustainable supply of plant protein

Kontakt: Ola Lundin

Mapping food webs for efficient natural control of insects

Contact: Riccardo Bommarco

Wasps and Diptera in bioenergy wood - do they require revised recommendations for harvest of logging residues?

Contact: Mats Jonsell

Dispersal ability of a forest pest insect and its specialist parasitoids               

Contact: Maartje Klapwijk

Primed for defence by volatiles from neighbouring plants     

Contact: Adriana Puentes

Can redundant predator communities contribute to stable biological control in the future?


Related pages:


Tomas Roslin, Professor Insect Ecology
Department of Ecology, SLU 018-672383

Åke Lindelöw Field Entomologist
Department of Ecology, SLU
018-672337, 070-6433317

Christer Björkman, professor in forest entomology
Department of Ecology, SLU  +46 (0)18-671532, 0705-581532

Riccardo Bommarco, Professor
Department of Ecology, SLU, +46 18 67 24 23

Eva Forsgren, Senior Lecturer and External Collaboration Specialist
Department of Ecology, SLU 18-67 20 83