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Research experience



Senior Researcher/Group Leader „Arthropod Infochemistry“
with Prof. Bill S. Hansson, Max Planck Institute f. Chemical Ecology, Dept. of Evolutionary Neuroethology, 2007 - continued; see Current Projects section


Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Mattias Larsson, SLU Dept. of Crop Science, Chemical Ecology, Alnarp, Sweden; Funded by the OECD, 2005
Response spectra of scarab olfactory sensilla (Melolontha and Pachnoda), life history investigations (Pachnoda), brain preparation (Amphimallon, Melolontha).

PhD student with Prof. Dr. Monika Hilker, Freie Universität Berlin, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2000 - 2006
Pheromone communication, function of host plant volatiles, reproductive and oviposition behaviour, species isolation, interactions between larvae and host plants below ground (Melolontha melolontha L.).

Diploma thesis with Prof. Dr. Monika Hilker 1998 - 1999
Pheromone communication, function of host plant volatiles, pheromone glands, antennal morphology (Melolontha hippocastani Fabr., Phyllopertha horticola L.).


Student assistant with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dohle, Freie Universität Berlin, 1996
Nutrient analysis of permanent and seasonal fresh water ponds.


Trainee with Prof. Dr. Luis Druehl, Bamfield Marine Station, BC, Canada, 1996
Distribution of brown algae at selected sites in the Pacific Rim National Park.


Grants obtained


How does a rhizophagous insect locate plant roots? A case study with Melolontha melolontha larvae. (DFG RE 3023/1-1; Collaboration with Prof. Monika Hilker; FU Berlin)

Perception of host plant volatiles by phytophagous scarab beetles (/i>Melolontha and Pachnoda) based on single sensillum recordings.(OECD, JA00029923; Collaboration with Dr. Mattias Larsson, SLU, Alnorp, Sweden)

Chemical orientation in the European Cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha. (DFG Hi 416/13-1/2; grant application co-authored with Prof. Monika Hilker)

Scientific expert activities


Advisor for the Austrian Federal Ministry for the Environment - Efficacy testing of insect repellents, insect attractants and inseticides


Referee


Biocontrol Science and Technology
Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Angewandte Entmologie
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Ecology
Junge Wissenschaft - Young Scientist
Physiological Entomology
Phytochemistry
Plant and Soil

Fachgutachter DFG, Lebenswissenschaften 1


Peer reviewed publications before 2006


Reinecke A, Ruther J, Hilker M (2005): Electrophysiological and behavioural response of Melolontha melolontha to saturated and unsaturated aliphatic alcohols. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 115,33-40.

Reinecke A, Ruther J, Tolasch T, Francke W, Hilker M (2002): Alcoholism in cockchafers: orientation of male Melolontha melolontha towards green leaf alcohols. Naturwissenschaften 89,265-269.

Reinecke A, Ruther J, Hilker M (2002): The scent of food and defence: green leaf volatiles and toluquinone as sex attractant mediate mate finding in the European cockchafer Melolontha melolontha. Ecology Letters 5,257-263.

Ruther J, Reinecke A, Tolasch T, Hilker M (2002): Phenol - Another cockchafer attractant shared by Melolontha hippocastani Fabr. and M. melolontha L. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C 57,910-913.

Ruther J, Reinecke A, Hilker M (2002): Plant volatiles in the sexual communication of Melolontha hippocastani: response towards time-dependent bouquets and novel function of (Z)-3-hexen-1-ol as a sexual kairomone. Ecological Entomology 27,76-83.

Ruther J, Reinecke A, Tolasch T, Hilker M (2001): Make love not war: a common arthropod defence compound as sex pheromone in the forest cockchafer Melolontha hippocastani. Oecologia 128,44-47.

Ruther J, Reinecke A, Thiemann K, Tolasch T, Francke W, Hilker M (2000): Mate finding in the forest cockchafer, Melolontha hippocastani, mediated by volatiles from plants and females. Physiological Entomology 25,172-179.


Other publications


Ruther J, Reinecke A, Hilker M (2004): Mate finding in the forest cockchafer, Melolontha hippocastani Fabr., mediated by volatiles. Laimburg Journal 1,197-199.

Ruther J, Reinecke A, Hilker M (2002):The way to a men's heart is through its stomach: synergistic interaction between plant volatiles and a sex pheromone enables mate finding in Melolontha cockchafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Zoology 105 (Supplement V (DZG 95.1)),20.

Ruther J, Reinecke A, Hilker M (2002): Chemical orientation in Melolontha cockchafers. IOBC wprs Bulletin 25,15-20.

Ruther J, Reinecke A, Hilker M (2001): Chemically mediated mate finding in the European forest cockchafer, Melolontha hippocastani Fabr. (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae). Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Angewandte Entomologie 13,373-376.


last updated on 2011-10-19