Juan Huang

Much of my research has focused on chemical interactions among organisms such as host plant resistance in lettuce to banded cucumber beetles, volatile emissions in tobacco in response to pathogen infection, mosquito oviposition in response to physical and chemical cues. I believe chemicals play an important role in the interaction between all living organisms and their environment. The specificity and non-toxic nature of these chemicals makes them an appealing option for integrated pest management. A solid understanding of the behavioral ecology underlying the semiochemical-mediated communication systems could greatly improve the degree of success in deployment of behavior-modifying chemicals in management programs.  My research interest is to understand characters of these chemical signals and to examine their effects on organisms’ physiology, behavior, and ecology as well as their evolutionary consequences, with the ultimate goal of discovering and developing behaviorally active chemicals in monitoring and control of pests in an environmentally and ecologically sound manner.


Juan Huang