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Research interests


I am interested in the influence of biodiversity as well as the effects of different light conditions and variations in nutrient availability on the chemical defense of Plantago lanceolata.

Ribwort Plantain is a common herb with worldwide distribution. It is mainly defended against herbivory by the two iridoidglycosides Aucubin and Catalpol. Furthermore volatile organic compounds play an important role in the indirect defense.

I investigate whether there is any correlation between the surrounding plants, light or nutrients and the chemical defense of Plantago lanceolata.