Michael Rostas

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Senior Lecturer
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Lincoln University, Burns 519b
Qualifications and affiliations: 
DipBio (MSc equiv.), Dr habil. (Ecology)

Dr Michael Rostás joined the Centre in 2010 from Würzburg University in Germany where he lectured in botany and insect-plant interactions and led a research group in the fields of chemical ecology and insect-plant interactions.

Michael gained his MSc and PhD from the Free University of Berlin and spent two years as a postdoc in Prof Ted Turlings' laboratory at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. He has expertise in: 

  • Chemical ecology
  • Biological control
  • Plant and insect defences
  • Interactions between plants, fungi and insects
  • Plant volatiles as ecological signals
Selected Publications: 

Rostás M., Cripps M, Silcock P (in press) Aboveground endophyte affects root volatile emission and host plant selection of a belowground insect. Oecologia, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-3104-6

Rostás M., Maag D., Ikegami M., Inbar, M. (2013) Gall volatiles defend aphids against a browsing mammal. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:193.

Winter T.R., Borkowski L., Zeier J. & Rostás M. (2012). Heavy metal stress can prime for herbivore-induced plant volatile emission. Plant Cell and Environment, 35, 1287-1298.

Rostás M. & Blassmann K. (2009). Insects had it first: surfactants as a defence against predators. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences

Tautz J. & Rostás M. (2008). Honeybee buzz attenuates plant damage by caterpillars. Current Biology, 18, R1125-R1126.

Rostás M. & Eggert K. (2008). Ontogenetic and spatio-temporal patterns of induced volatiles in Glycine max in the light of the optimal defence hypothesis. Chemoecology, 18, 29-38.

Rostás M., Simon M. & Hilker M. (2003). Ecological cross-effects of induced plant responses towards herbivores and phytopathogenic fungi. Basic and Applied Ecology, 4, 43-62.