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Our main focus of research is an accurate understanding of plant-insects-(and other invertebrates) interactions. Dr. Hiltpold and his group strive to document key interactions above and belowground. The long-term goal of the lab is to developed science-based sustainable approaches to control herbivorous pests in cropping system. In a society with ever growing needs for more food resources but yet limited cropping land, it is pivotal to ensure increased sustainable production in agriculture to guarantee food and political safety for us and future generations.

 

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, we integrate principles of behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, molecular ecology, nematology (entomopathogenic nematodes), and modeling and other statistical tools to improve the control of some major insect pests such as the western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) or the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda).

 

Our holistic approach allows to open new research avenues in belowground multitrophic ecology yet not ignoring concerns aboveground.

 

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 we used when we created them"    −   A. Einstein