Plant-Insect Interactions

 Magne Friberg, Associate Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Lund University

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am interested in the processes that have made plants and plant-feeding insects two of the most diverse and abundant groups of organisms on earth. Much of my current research involves the evolution of plant signals, and the responses to these signals by their associated insects. My study systems include multiple plant- and insect species that form small interaction networks. In these networks, I study spatial patterns in plant signaling and insect preferences, and how these interactions are affected by the nature of the plant-insect relationship (antagonistic/mutualistic), and by the specificity of the interaction. My ambition is to bridge the traditional gap between zoology and botany by integrating studies of animal- and plant ecology, life-history biology, behavior and molecular- and chemical ecology.