Robert Glinwood, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Crop Production Ecology, SLU
Box 7044
Uppsala 750 07
Robert Glinwood

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Plant volatile compounds are involved in a range of ecological interactions. I study the role of these chemicals in plant-insect and plant-plant interactions and how this knowledge can be applied to the develop- ment of sustainable crop protection strategies.

Ongoing research

I study the role of plant volatile organic compounds in signalling within and between plants and between plants and insects. My research aims to enhance the capacity of plants to resist attack by aphid pests, by exploiting chemical signalling between the plants themselves, between plants and aphids, and between plants and aphid natural enemies in order to develop new, more sustainable solutions to aphid control in cereals, primarily barley. Aphids are phloem-feeding insects that are able both to induce and suppress plant defensive response. I study how plant volatile chemicals influence the behaviour of aphids and their natural enemies and how different aspects of aphid behaviour and ecology affect the induction of volatiles in plants.


I study the effects of plant-plant chemical communication on the natural enemies of aphids, primarily ladybirds and parasitic wasps, and investigate tritrophic interactions in mixed genotype cropping.

I work with the volatile chemistry of crop plants, collecting and identifying the volatile blends released by the plants and investigating how they mediate interactions between plants and between plants and insects. The ultimate goals are to discover new ways to manipulate induced resistance against pests and diseases in crop plants, and to design new cropping systems that more effectively use the indirect defence provided by natural enemies.




Recent publications

Kegge, W., Ninkovic, V, Glinwood, R., Welschen, R.A.M., Voesenek L.A.C.J. & Pierik, R. (2015) Exposure to low red:far-red light conditions affects emission of volatile organic compounds and their effects on biomass allocation in neighbouring barley (Hordeum vulgare) plants. Annals of Botany (in press)

Vucetic A., Dahlin I., Petrovic-Obradovic O., Glinwood R., Webster B. & Ninkovic V. (2014) Volatile interaction between undamaged plants affects tritrophic interactions through changed plant volatile emission. Plant Signaling & Behavior e29517

Markovic D., Glinwood, R. & Ninkovic, V. (2014) Plant response to touch affects the behaviour of aphids and ladybirds. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 8: 171-181

Hossain S., Bergkvist G., Berglund K., Glinwood R., Kabouw P., Mårtensson A. & Persson P. (2014) Concentration and time dependent effects of isothiocyanates produced from Brassicaceae shoot tissues on the pea root rot pathogen Aphanomyces euteiches. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry doi:  10.1021/jf501776c

Schröder ML, Glinwood R, Ignell R & Krüger K (2014) Visual cues and host-plant preference of the bird cherry-oat aphid, Rhopalosiphum padi (Hemiptera: Aphididae). African Entomology 22: 428-436.

Ninkovic V,  Dahlin I, Vucetic A, Petrovic-Obradovic O, Glinwood R, Webster B (2013) Volatile exchange between undamaged plants – a new mechanism affecting insect orientation in intercropping. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69431.

Webster B, Qvarfordt E, Olsson U, Glinwood R (2013) Different roles for innate and learnt behavioral responses to odors in insect host-location. Behavioral Ecology 24: 366-372 doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars172

Pareja M, Qvarfordt E, Webster B, Mayon P, Pickett J, Birkett M, Glinwood R (2012) Herbivory by a phloem-feeding insect inhibits floral volatile production. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31971. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031971

Glinwood, Robert, Elham Ahmed, Erika Qvarfordt, and Velemir Ninkovic. 2011. “Olfactory learning of plant genotypes by a polyphagous insect predator.” Oecologia 166 (3) (July): 637-47. doi:10.1007/s00442-010-1892-x.

Glinwood, Robert, Velemir Ninkovic, and Jan Pettersson. 2011. “Chemical interaction between undamaged plants – Effects on herbivores and natural enemies.” Phytochemistry 72 (13) (September): 1683-9. doi:10.1016/j.phytochem.2011.02.010.

Ninkovic, Velemir, Sate Al Abassi, Elham Ahmed, Robert Glinwood, and Jan Pettersson. 2011. “Effect of within-species plant genotype mixing on habitat preference of a polyphagous insect predator.” Oecologia 166 (2) (June): 391-400. doi:10.1007/s00442-010-1839-2.

Glinwood, Robert, Elham Ahmed, Erika Qvarfordt, Velemir Ninkovic, and Jan Pettersson. 2009. “Airborne interactions between undamaged plants of different cultivars affect insect herbivores and natural enemies.” Arthropod-Plant Interactions 3 (4) (July 24): 215-224. doi:10.1007/s11829-009-9072-9.

Pareja, Martín, Abdul Mohib, Michael A. Birkett, Samuel Dufour, and Robert T. Glinwood. 2009. “Multivariate statistics coupled to generalized linear models reveal complex use of chemical cues by a parasitoid.” Animal Behaviour 77 (4) (April): 901-909. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2008.12.016.

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