Evolutionary Ecology of Plant-Insect Interactions

Organisational unit: Research group


We are interested in the processes that generate biodiversity. In our research, we investigate the processes that have made plants and plant-feeding insects two of the most diverse and abundant groups of organisms on earth.


We combine genomic, evolutionary and ecological studies to ask and answer questions about the distribution, diversification and conservation of biodiversity within and among species, and in particular how these patterns and processes are affected by the interaction between plants and insects. Our research bridges the gap between zoology and botany by integrating studies of animal- and plant biodiversity. We study spatial patterns in plant signalling and defence traits and insect host- /and nectar plant preference, and how these interactions are affected by the nature of the plant-insect relationship (antagonistic/mutualistic), by the specificity of the interaction, and by the geographic context at landscape- and continent scales. We are also interested in how within species variation enables and facilitates adaptation, knowledge that is crucial for management of insect populations that can adapt and survive in a changing climate.

Recent research outputs

Hampus Petrén, Gabriele Gloder, Diana Posledovich, Christer Wiklund & Magne Friberg, 2021 Jan, In: Ecology and Evolution. 11, 1, p. 242-251 10 p.

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Zachary J Nolen, Burcin Yildirim, Iker Irisarri, Shanlin Liu, Clara Groot Crego, Daniel Buchvaldt Amby, Frieder Mayer, M Thomas P Gilbert & Ricardo J Pereira, 2020 Dec, In: Molecular Ecology. 29, 24, p. 4985-5002

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Øystein H. Opedal, Otso Ovaskainen, Marjo Saastamoinen, Anna Liisa Laine & Saskya van Nouhuys, 2020 Dec, In: Ecology. 101, 12, 16 p., e03186.

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