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How can insect odour-dependent systems adapt to changes in the environment? Environmental changes can be short or long term and must be met by adaptations at phenotypic or genotypic levels. The present project aims to study modulatory processes at different levels in insect chemical ecology, ethology and evolution, from single molecules to whole animals, from sensitisation and learning to evolution.

In a multi-disciplinary approach we will study chemical, molecular, neurobiological and behavioural events to shed light on mechanisms underlying modulation in the systems studied, systems that also are excellent models of general principles in chemoreception.

Here are some of our on-going projects:

Ecology Ethology Evolution

Host selection and background odours

Mate and host finding: mating and feeding state

Plant, microbe and insect in host selection

Effect on induction on plant resistance

Bacteria induced volatiles in soil arthropods and plants

Multimodal links in higher brain centres

Bacteria induced volatiles in soil arthropods and plants

Host-selection: Kairomone analysis

The smell of Yeasts: Unravelling volatile fingerprints

Drosophila olfactory preference, functional and evolutionary basis

Induction of Antennal Lobe patterns in herbivores

Mate and host finding: mating and feeding state

Modulation of odour-mediated behaviours in blood feeding insects

Host selection and generalists/specialists

Deorphanization of moth plant kairomone receptors

Evolution of pheromone preference in moths

Coding and modulation of host plant selection

Effect experience on host plant selection

Evolution of chemo-receptors in blood feeding insects

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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