Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Dr. Zsolt Kárpáti

Dr. Zsolt Kárpáti

Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter, University of Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

-    Neuroethology of insects including peripheral and central neurophysiology, immunohistochemistry and neuroanatomy
-    Insect chemical communication
-    Plant-insect interactions
-    Environmentally friendly, odor based pest control







•    2001-07 Ph.D. in insect chemical ecology, University of Pannonia, Keszthely, Hungary.
•    1998-01 M.Sc. in insect chemical communication, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
•    1992-98 B.Sc. in moth pheromone communication, University of Eötvös Lóránd, Budapest, Hungary

Professional Positions
•    2019- Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Würzburg, Germany.
•    2019 Senior Researcher, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria
•    2012-17 Permanent Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
•    2010-12 Marie Curie Researcher, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
•    2007-10  Post-Doctoral Researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden
•    2004-07 Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
•    2002-04 Junior Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
•    1998-2002 Research Technician, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
•    1998 Teacher of Chemistry, József Budenz High School, Budapest, Hungary

Parental leave
•    01.01.2018.- 31.12. 2018

 Research Fellowships and Grants
•    2017-18 Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (NKFIH) (55k€) •    2014-18 SCOPES, Swiss-Hungarian-Serbian Fund (30k€)
•    2013-16 János Bolyai Individual Research Scholarship from Hung. Acad. Sci. (20k€)
•    2013-17 Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) (25k€)
•    2013-18 Marie Curie CIG EU reintegration grant (100k€)
•    2010-12 Marie Curie IEF EU fellowship (50k€)
•    2009       FORMAS (Swedish) Travel grant (1k€)
•    2004      “Eötvös” Hungarian State Scholarship (5k€)

Publication list

Szelényi, M. O., Erdei, A. L., Jósvai, J. K., Radványi, D., Sümegi, B., Vétek, G., Molnár, B. P., Kárpáti, Z. (2020) Essential oil headspace volatiles prevent invasive box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis) oviposition—insights from electrophysiology and behaviour. Insects, 11, 465. DOI: 10.3390/insects11080465

Lohonyai, Z., Vuts J., Kárpáti, Z., Koczor, S., Domingue, M. J., Fail, J., Birkett, M. A., Tóth, M., Imrei, Z. (2020) Benzaldehyde: an alfalfa related compound for the spring attraction of the pest weevil Sitonia humaralis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Plant Protection 81: 149-160.

Schorkopf, D. L. P., Molnár, B. P., Solum, M., Larsson, M. C., Millar, J. G., Kárpáti, Z., Dekker, T. (2019) False positives from impurities result in incorrect functional characterization of receptors in chemosensory studies Progress in Neurobiology 181:101661 DOI: 10.1016/j.pneurobio.2019.101661

Molnár, B. P., Kárpáti, Z., Nagy, A., Szarukán, I., Csabai, J., Koczor, S., Tóth, M. (2019) Development of a Female-Targeted Lure for the Box Tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae): a Preliminary Report Journal of Chemical Ecology 45(8): 657-666. DOI: 10.1007/s10886-019-01094-0

Lohonyai, Z., Vuts, J., Kárpáti, Z., Koczor, S., Domingue, M. J., Fail, J., Birkett, M., Tóth, M., Imrei, Z. (2019) Benzaldehyde: an alfalfa related compound for the spring attraction of the pest weevil Sitona humeralis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Pest Management Science, 75:3153–3159 DOI: 10.1002/ps.5431

Molnár, B. P., Bognár, C., Erdei, A. L., Fujii, T., Vági, P., Jósvai, J. K., Kárpáti, Z. (2018) Identification of the Female-Produced Sex Pheromone of an Invasive Greenhouse Pest, the European Pepper Moth (Duponchelia fovealis) Journal of Chemical Ecology 44(3): 257-267. DOI: 10.1007/s10886-018-0928-2

Molnár, B. P., Erdei, A. L., Szelényi, M. O., Jósvai, J. K., Rikk, P., Vági, P., Bognár, C., Kárpáti, Z. (2018) Identification of the female-produced sex pheromone of the European pepper moth (Duponchelia fovealis) Plant Protection 79: 141-148.

Vuts, J., Koczor, S., Imrei, Z., Jósvai, J. K., Lohonyai, Z., Molnár, B. P., Kárpáti, Z., Szőcs, G. Tóth, M. (2018) Methods in chemical ecology Plant Protection 79: 89-109.

Nagy, A., Szarukán, I., Csabai, J., Molnár, A., Molnár, B. P., Kárpáti, Z., Szanyi, S., Tóth, M. (2017) Distribution of box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis Walker 1859) in the northeast part of the Carpathian basin with a new Ukrainian record and Hungarian data. EPPO Bulletin 0: 1-4. DOI: 10.1111/epp.12384

Kárpáti, Z., Molnár, B. P. (2017) Volatile compounds of larval excrete repel box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis) oviposition Plant protection 78: 241-248.

Tanasković, S., Popović, B., Gvozdenac, S., Kárpáti, Z., Bognár, C., Erb, M. (2017) Level of larval attack on maize roots as a consequence of artificial infestation with western corn root worm eggs. Agrofor 2: 132-138. DOI: 10.7251/AGRENG1701132T

Fodor, J., Köblös, G., Kákai, Á., Kárpáti, Z., Molnár, B. P., Dankó, T., Bozsik, G., Bognár, C., Szőcs, G., Fónagy, A. (2017) Molecular cloning, mRNA expression and biological activity of the pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide (PBAN) from the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis. Insect Molecular Biology 26: 616-632. DOI: 10.1111/imb.12324

Molnár, B. P., Tóth, Z., Kárpáti Z. (2017) Synthetic blend of larval frass volatiles repel oviposition in the invasive box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis. Journal of Pest Science 90: 873-885. DOI: 10.1007/s10340-017-0837-0

Kárpáti Z., Fejes-Tóth A., Bognár C., Szőke C., Bónis P., Marton C., Molnár B. P. (2016) Pheromone-based monitoring of the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) in Hungary. Maydica 61: 1-7.

B. P. Molnár, Z. Tóth, A. Fejes-Tóth, T. Dekker, Z. Kárpáti (2015) Electrophysiologically-active maize volatiles attract gravid female European Corn Borer, Ostrinia nubilalis. Journal of Chemical Ecology 41:997-1005. DOI: 10.1007/s10886-015-0640-4

M. K. Asplen, G. Anfora, A. Biondi, D-S. Choi, D. Chu, K. M. Daane, P. Gibert, A. P. Gutierrez, K. A. Hoelmer, W. D. Hutchison, R. Isaacs, Z-L. Jiang, Z. Kárpáti, M. T. Kimura, M. Pascual, C. R. Philips, C. Plantamp, L. Ponti, G. Vétek, H. Vogt, V. M. Walton, Y. Yu, L. Zappalà, N. Desneux (2015) Invasion biology of spotted wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii): a global perspective and future priorities. Journal of Pest Science 88: 469-494. DOI: 10.1007/s10340-015-0681-z

Lengyel, G. D., Orosz, S., Kiss, B., Lupták, R., Kárpáti, Z. (2015) New records and present status of the invasive spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) (Diptera) in Hungary. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 61: 73-80. DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

Koutroumpa, F. A., Kárpáti, Z., Monsempes, C., Hill, S., Hansson, B. S., Jacquin-Joly, E., Krieger, J., Dekker T. (2014) Shifts in sensory neuron identity parallel differences in pheromone preference in the European corn borer. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2:65. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00065

Kovács, A., Hunyadi, I., Fejes-Tóth, A., Fejes-Tóth, P., Hári, K., Sipos, K., Ladányi, M., Kárpáti, Z., Pénzes, B. (2014) Behavioral and physiological study on the European pepper moth (Duponchelia fovealis, Zeller) host plant selection Plant Protection 50: 357-364.

Capurro, A., Baroni, F., Kuebler, L., Kárpáti, Z., Dekker, T., Lei, H., Hansson, B. S., Pearce, T. C., Olsson, S. (2014) Temporal features of spike trains in the moth antennal lobe revealed by a comparative time-frequency analysis Plos One 9(1): e84037 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084037

Kárpáti, Z., Tasin, M., Cardé, R. T., Dekker, T. (2013) Early quality assessment lessens pheromone specificity in a moth Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110: 7377-82. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1216145110

Kiss, B., Lengyel, G., Nagy, Z., Kárpáti, Z. (2013) First record of spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii Matsumura, 1931) in Hungary Plant Protection 49: 97-99.

Kárpáti Z., Knaden, M., Reinecke, A., Hansson, B. S. (2013) Intraspecific combinations of flower and leaf volatiles act together in attracting hawkmoth pollinators Plos One 8(9): e72805 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072805

Kuebler, L., Schubert, M., Kárpáti, Z., Hansson, B. S., Olsson, S. B. (2011) Antennal lobe processing correlates to moth olfactory behavior Journal of Neuroscience 32: 5772–5782. DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.6225-11.2012

Kárpáti, Z., Olsson, S. B., Hansson, B. S., Dekker, T. (2010) Inheritance of central neuroanatomy and physiology related to pheromone preference in the male European corn borer BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 1-12. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-10-286

Cizej, M. R., Kárpáti, Z., Leskosek, G., Radisek, S. (2010) Determination of the strain of European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner) in Savinja valley; preliminary monitoring of male European corn borer with pheromone bait. Hop Bulletin 17: 65-73.

Molnár, B., Kárpáti, Z., Hillbur Y., Szőcs G., Hall D. (2009) Identification of female-produced sex pheromone of the Honey Locust gall midge, Dasineura gledithciae Journal of Chemical Ecology 35: 706-714. DOI: 10.1007/s10886-009-9641-5

Kárpáti, Z., Dekker, T., Hansson, B. S. (2008) Reversed functional topology in the antennal lobe of the male European corn borer Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 2841-2848. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.017319

Kárpáti, Z., Szőcs, G. (2007): Comparison of  hop volatile, as a kairomone, and components of corn volatile, on antennae of female European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis), by means of electroantennography Plant Protection 43: 523-529.

Kárpáti, Z., Molnár, B., Szőcs, G. (2007) Pheromone titer and mating frequency of E- and Z-strains of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis: Fluctuation during scotophase, and age dependence Acta Phytopathol. Entomol. Hung. 42: 331-341. DOI: 10.1556/APhyt.42.2007.2.15

Bengtsson, M., Kárpáti, Z., Szőcs, G., Reuveny, H., Yang, Z., Witzgall, P. (2006) Flight tunnel responses of Z strain European corn borer females to corn and hemp plants Environ. Entomol. 35: 1238-1243. DOI: 10.1603/0046-225X(2006)35[1238:FTROZS]2.0.CO;2

Szőcs, G., Tóth, M., Kárpáti, Z., Zhu, J., Löfstedt, C., Plass, E., Francke, W. (2004) Identification of polyenic hydrocarbons from the northern winter moth, Operophtera fagata, and development of a species specific lure for pheromone traps Chemoecology 14: 53-58. DOI:

Franke, W., Franke, S., Bergmann, J., Tolasch, T., Subchev, M., Mircheva, A., Toshova, T., Svatos, A., Kalinova, B., Kárpáti, Z., Szőcs, G., Tóth, M. (2002) Female sex pheromone of Cameraria ohridella Desch. And Dim. (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae): Structure confirmation, synthesis and biological activity of (8E,10Z)-8,10-tetradecadienal and some analogues Z. Naturforsch 57c: 739-752. DOI: 10.1515/znc-2002-7-832

Szőcs, G., Kárpáti, Z., Tóth, M., Franke, W. (2000): Here is the synthetic sex pheromone of the horse chestnut leaf-miner (Cameraria ohridella)! Plant Protection 36: 429-430.

Subchev, M., Tóth, M., Wu, D., Stanimirova, L., Toshova, T., Kárpáti, Z. (2000) Sex attractant for Diloba caeruleocephala (L.), (Lep., Dilobidae) – (Z)-8-tridecenyl acetate J. Appl. Ent. 124: 197-199. DOI: 10.1046/j.1439-0418.2000.00452.x

Book Chapter

Dekker T., Kárpáti Z. (2020) Coding and Evolution of Pheromone Preference in Moths. In: Ishikawa Y. (eds) Insect Sex Pheromone Research and Beyond. Entomology Monographs. Springer, Singapore
ISBN: 978-981-15-3081-4