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Exploring unknown avenues of intra- and interspecies communication in Drosophila

The manuscripts within this dissertation aimed to investigate odor-mediated communication channels for the interactions of Drosophila flies with each other, other Drosophila species, and with microorganisms. Throughout the dissertation, I introduce the frass of adult Drosophila flies as a previously...

Sensing pheromones and host volatiles in moths and flies : from molecules to d ...

Insects are highly dependent on pheromones and host volatiles for finding a mating partner or host plants for feeding and oviposition, respectively. In this dissertation I elucidated the role of such volatiles in different life stages and sexes of moths and demonstrated the impact of specific host blends...
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Chemosensory receptors in the tobacco hawkmoth Manduca sexta

Chemosensation, the sense of smell and taste, allows animals to assess the chemical properties of their environment. They use it to identify food sources, avoid harmful substances, find mating partners, escape from predators and to find places suitable for their offspring. We employed the tobacco...

The function of volatile semiochemicals in host plant choice of ovipositing...

Providing favourable and secure conditions that benefit the offspring is an ubiquitous struggle among the world’s creatures. For herbivorous insects that don’t provide parental care to their offspring the choice of host plants is crucial for reproductive success. Various factors influence the performance...