A vast proportion of the planet biodiversity is constituted of plants, (insect) herbivores, and (insect) herbivores natural enemies. In our ever-changing world, it is crucial to study, document, and understand the nature of the interactions between the trophic levels.


Hiltpold’s group uses a multi-disciplinary approach to disentangle the complexity of these so-called tritrophic interactions. Applying chemical ecology principles, behavioral experiments, plant physiology and morphology, field and lab approaches, the development of mathematical models, we aim at unraveling the complexity of tritrophic interactions and their importance in our ecosystems.


Because up to 90% of the plant biomass can be allocated to the roots, we take the challenge of studying tritrophic in the underground. This new frontier in ecology opens promising research avenue for integrated pest management of some of the most challenging insect pests in our agricultural ecosystems.



Agricultural Entomology

David Ingber

Ivan Hiltpold (PI)

Funded by:

Dupont Pioneer

Duncan Brown

Ivan Hiltpold (PI)

Funded by:


Ivan Hiltpold (PI)

Co-Investigators: B. Kunkel, B. Cissel

& J. Tooker

Funded by:

The Atlantic Soybean Council