Helena Ruhanen, MSc, PhD student
Research area: chemical ecology, agroecology, plant-insect and plant-plant interactions, entomology
I am working on project called "Optimising volatile-mediated plant-to-plant interactions to deliver robust pest control" (OptiVol). Project aim is to develop pest control strategies for brassicaceous crop plants, such as cabbage and broccoli. I am conducting field and laboratory experiments to understand mechanisms of plant-plant interactions and how to utilize this information in farming. These strategies are based on intercropping and they can be adjusted for needs of organic farming.
email: helena.ruhanen (at) uef.fi