Marcel Dicke

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials M.
Main position Hoogleraar WUR
Disciplines Biochemistry
  Agriculture and horticulture
Chair Entomologie
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2011
Member of Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Wageningen University & Research
Laboratory of Entomology
Postbus 16
6700 AA Wageningen
tel.  0317 484 311

Marcel Dicke investigates the ecology of insect-plant interactions. During his PhD project (1980s) he made the breakthrough discovery that plants respond to herbivory with the production of a complex odour blend that attracts the enemies of the herbivores that inflicted the damage (coined plants cry for help). This has resulted in a paradigm shift in the research field of plant-animal interactions (covering animals ranging from tiny mites to birds) and has resulted in a new research field on multitrophic interactions and community ecology.

In the past 10 years his research has been instrumental in the integration of community ecology with analytical chemistry and molecular biology. This integration is at the basis of an extensive form of systems biology, i.e. from genes to communities.