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Anna Laura Erdei

Anna Laura Erdei
postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Plant Protection Biology


I am a plant biologist with a broad interest in volatiles mediating interactions between insects, plants and microbes. With the guidance of Marie Bengtsson and Peter Witzgall I am studying the chemical communication Cydia pomonella in order to gain a deeper understanding in the volatiles affecting the behavior of this insect with the long term perspective of finding new possibilities for pest management. I have experience in volatile collection and analysis, sensory measurements, behavioral studies, and field experiments.



I am teaching in the 'Analytical methods in chemical ecology ' and  'GC-MS analysis of volatiles' doctoral courses. 


2012 Biology BSc,  Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest – graduated with Honours

2014  Biology MSc, plant biology specialisation,  Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest – graduated with Honours

2020 PhD  in Environmental biology  at Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest – summa cum laude

2017-2021 assistant researcher at the Plant Protection Institute of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest 



Selected publications

Sousa, M., Mulaosmanovic, E., Erdei, A. L., Bengtsson, M., Witzgall, P., & Alsanius, B. W. (2023). Volatilomes reveal specific signatures for contamination of leafy vegetables with Escherichia coli O157: H7. Food Control, 146, 109513.

Erdei, A. L., Szelényi, M. O., Deutsch, F., Rikk, P., & Molnár, B. P. (2022). Lure design for Drosophila suzukii based on liquid culture of fruit epiphytic yeasts: Comparing the attractivity of fermentation volatiles for seasonal morphs. Journal of Applied Entomology.

Erdei, A. L., David, A. B., Savvidou, E. C., Dzemedzionaite, V., Chakravarthy, A., Molnár, B. P., & Dekker, T. (2022). The push-pull intercrop Desmodium does not repel, but intercepts and kills pests. bioRxiv.

Szelényi, M. O., Erdei, A. L., Jósvai, J. K., Radványi, D., Sümegi, B., Vétek, G., & Kárpáti, Z. (2020). Essential oil headspace volatiles prevent invasive box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis) oviposition—Insights from electrophysiology and behaviour. Insects, 11(8), 465.

Molnár, P. B., Bognár, C., Erdei, A. L., Fujii, T., Vági, P., Jósvai, J. K., & Kárpáti, Z. (2018). Identification of the female-produced sex pheromone of an invasive greenhouse pest, the European pepper moth (Duponchelia fovealis). Journal of chemical ecology, 44(3), 257-267.

Erdei, A. L., Kósa, A., & Böddi, B. (2019). Distinct UV-A or UV-B irradiation induces protochlorophyllide photoreduction and bleaching in dark-grown pea (Pisum sativum L.) epicotyls. Photosynthesis research, 140(1), 93-102.


Postdoctor at the Department of Plant Protection Biology
Postal address:
Växtskyddsbiologi, Box 190
234 22 LOMMA
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp