Department of Applied Chemical Ecology
The main activities of the department have been focused on entomological problems in plant protection studied from a chemical ecological point of view. These include basic research studies on insect pests, development of potential solutions of problems raised by these insects and technology transfer activities. The most important activity fields are behavioral studies in connection with chemical and visual communication of insects, isolation and extraction of semiochemicals, elucidation of their chemical structures, evaluation of their applicability based on laboratory experiments and field studies, development of new insect trapping devices and their evaluation in the everyday plant protection practice. A technology transfer product of the department is the CSALOMON® pheromone trap family. The department manages the year-by-year production of trapping devices, continuous introduction of new tools and their quality control which are presented to the growers through the extension service of the institute.
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