Laboratory of Chemical and Behavioural Ecology


The main research trends are chemical ecology, aspects of insects’ interaction among themselves and with the environment by infochemical signals, and ecological and evolutionary issues on behaviour of organisms. Moths (Lepidoptera), honey bees (Hymenoptera) and flies (Diptera) are the main research objects. Having carried out laboratory and field tests, the structure of sex attractants and their antagonists in 50 insect species of 10 families has been determined and chemical structure of sex pheromones identified. Every year, Laboratory researchers operate in joint ventures abroad, in particular in Iowa University in the USA, the Royal Institute of Technology and Lund University in Sweden and Hamburg University in Germany.