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Ecological chemistry/natural product chemistry (»Add to Infobox)

Research Leader: Professor Anna-Karin Borg Karlsson
Tatsuya Ashitani, Astrid Kännaste, Ilme Liblikas, Jenny Lindh, Raimondas Mozuraitis, Katinka Pålsson, Marie Pettersson, Fredrik Rahm

Organic Chemistry

Ecological chemistry is a research area studying the structure and function of chemical signals between organisms. Our aim is to investigate the molecular receptive range (chemodiversity) in insects, the specificity and complexity in perception, behaviour, learning and speciation, i.e. the chemical basis of biodiversity. Main interests are the chemistry and biochemistry underlying insect behaviour with focus on insect/insect and insect/host plant interactions.

Our results are utilized for example in environmentally safe antifeedants for the large pine weevil, use of pheromones and kairomones for the control of insect pests and repellents for ticks and mosquitoes. In the last 5 years more than 50 papers in international scientific journals, and in 9 PhD theses. For recent results see:

Andersson, J., Borg-Karlson, A.-K. and Wiklund, C. (2000) Sexual cooperation in butterflies - a male-transferred antiaphrodisiac reduces harassment of recently mated females. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 267, 1271-1275.

Borg-Karlson, A.-K., Valterová, I., Unelius, R., Tengö, J., Francke, W. (2003) 3S-(+)-linalool, as mate attractant pheromone component in the bee Colletes cunicularius (Hymenoptera, Colletidae). J.Chem. Ecol. 29,1,1-14.

Stranden, M., Borg-Karlson, A.-K. and Mustaparta, H. (2002) Receptor neuron discrimination of the germacrene D enantiomers in the moth Helicoverpa armigera, Chemical Senses 27, 142-152.

Galizia, C.G., Kunze, J., Gumbert, A., Borg-Karlson, A.-K, Sache, S. Markl, C., Menzel. R., (2005) Relationship of visual and olfactory signal parameters in a food-deceptive flower mimicry system. Behavioral Ecology, 16(1):159-168.

Biosynthesis, Ecological chemistry, Pheromones, Insect-plant interactions, Chemical signals, Selective synthesis

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Carl Trygger Foundation

FORMAS (The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning)

KSLA (The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry)

KVA (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)

SI (The Swedish Institute)

VR (The Swedish Research Council)


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