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

Effect on induction on plant resistance

Ethology

Multimodal links in higher brain centres

Host-selection: Kairomone analysis

Induction of Antennal Lobe patterns in herbivores

Modulation of odour-mediated behaviours in blood feeding insects

Evolution

Host selection and generalists/specialists

Deorphanization of moth plant kairomone receptors

Evolution of pheromone preference in moths

Coding and modulation of host plant selection

Experience and host plant selection

Chemo-receptors in blood feeding insects