Cross-effects between below- and aboveground multitrophic interactions
Project responsable Ted Turlings
Team member Christiane Bobillier
Claudia Zwahlen

Thomas Degen
Abstract We study the chemical signals that plants emit when they are attacked by insect herbivores and how natural enemies of the herbivores use these signals as foraging cues. The research aims to unravel the mechanisms of these so-called tritrophic interactions and to use this knowledge to study their ecological consequences and evolutionary history, but also to develop novel methods to exploit the plant-produced signals for the control of agricultural pests.
Keywords tri-trophic interactions, indirect plant defence, parasitoids, entomopathogenic nematodes, synomones, host searching
Type of project Fundamental research project
Research area Ecology
Method of financing SNSF: Project funding (Div. I-III)
Status Completed
Start of project 1-7-2005
End of project 30-9-2008
Overall budget 335'000.00
Additional info http://p3.snf.ch/projects-107974
Contact Thomas Degen