Chemical ecology

Last changed: 17 October 2017

Animals, plants and microorganisms use chemical signals to obtain information about their environment and to communicate with each other. We investigate how chemical communication works, using insects and other animals as models. Our group has been awarded a Linnaeus grant for the ICE3-initiative.

Our three main areas of research concern:

  • insect--plant,
  • insect--microbe and
  • insect--animal

interactions and the chemical signals which mediate these interactions.


We develop these chemical messenger compounds, pheromones and other semiochemicals, for control and monitoring insects in agriculture, horticulture and forestry, and for insects that transmit diseases. A changing climate with higher summer temperatures and altered rainfall patterns makes insect control an increasingly urgent challenge.

In addition to application-oriented work, our research concerns even sensory physiology, evolutionary processes underlying odour communication systems, molecular mechanisms of odour perception, and behavioural modulation by learning and multisensorial stimuli.


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