Chemical ecology deals with biological and chemical investigations of natural products that are involved in the communication between individuals within one or different species and which influence ecological interactions. In our group we explore the role of natural products which mediate interactions between plants, herbivorous insects and their antagonists (predators, parasitoids) as well as interactions between mutualistic partners such as fungi. We focus on the isolation and identification of such compounds and the elucidation of their functions in an ecological, behavioural, genetic, population-biological and evolutionary context.
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Our Journal Club
Between 4-Aug-2016 and 13-Oct-2016 we meet every thursday, 4:15 pm in room W1-135 to diskuss current publications. The topic of the publication in question will be announced at short notice.
Thursday, 1-Sept-2016, W2-145, 10:15 am
Colin Orians, Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Studies, Tufts University, USA
Invasion slowdown: Plant-mediated interference protects a threatened conifer from a destructive insect