Semiochemicals in Pest Control and Conservation Biology

This is a graduate student course on the applications of pheromones, kairomones and other semiochemicals. It is organized by the Pheromone Group at the Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden and the Chemical Ecology Group at the Department of Plant Protection Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The course will take place in Lund, Sweden, 5–15 November 2013.

The coming course is given in collaboration with and support from the ClimBEco Graduate Research School, which is part of Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC).


Since the first identification of a pheromone fifty years ago the world of chemical signals has received much attention from scientists in biology, chemistry and agriculture/forestry. Many of the findings have come into practical use, mainly for monitoring or suppression of insect pests. Yet, a very small fraction of crop protection is based on semiochemicals, despite their obvious advantages over conventional insecticides. Why is this and what can be done to increase the applied use of these sustainable alternatives? More recently other possibilities to use odour signals have become obvious in e.g. detection of rare species. Can this be developed and used more widely in conservation biology? These are issues that will be dealt with during the course, which includes lectures, student presentations, exercises and discussions.


The course has been given four times before with in total 70 participants from 32 countries.

On the program

  • Monitoring of pest species
  • Monitoring of rare species
  • Mating disruption
  • Mass trapping, lure & kill, trap crop
  • Repellence
  • Calling for help, tritrophic interactions
  • Chemistry from milligram scale to kilograms
  • Commercial and legal aspects

Detailed program

(Will be posted here later)


Graduate (MSc, PhD) students in biological, chemical, agricultural or forestry disciplines and post-docs.


Ecology Building, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden.




Tuition fee

Even though the course is heavily subsidised, we are unfortunately forced to charge a course fee. This time the course fee will be 3500 SEK (about 400 € or 500 USD), including excursion and course dinner. Detailed payment instructions will be sent to registered participants. Note that PhD students within ClimBEco research school, Department of Biology in Lund and Department of Plant Protection Biology in Alnarp do not pay any tuition fee.

Note: The organisers or their universities do not have any funding to support participants, but the following links might be of some help:

Contact and registration

Interested participants are kindly requested to sign up and enclose a short description of scientific experience and field of research at the latest 1 October 2013 to:
Olle Anderbrant, Lund University, Department of Biology, SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden.
Tel: +46-(0)46-222 4997, Fax: +46-(0)46-222 4716, Mobile: +46-(0)70-3724997

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Inexpensive accomodation

(The famous Train Hostel "Tåget" was closed in September 2012 so is no longer available)

LUND UNIVERSITY GUEST HOUSE (only in Swedish, try Google translate)

Tunavägen 39, Lund. Phone: +46(0)46-222 3033, Fax: +46(0) 46-222 4180, Price: 500 SEK single room, 500 SEK double room. About 600 metres from the Ecology Building. Note: Reservations have to be made through the course organisers.


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