Press Releases 2016

May 27, 2016
Hawk moths have a second nose for evaluating flowers - Using olfactory neurons on their proboscis, moths weigh which flowers to visit

May 19, 2016
Scent guides hawk moths to the best-fitting flowers - Max Planck researchers show that Manduca sexta recognizes the scent of flowers matching its proboscis and thereby optimizes energy gain.

May 10, 2016   
International Ellis Island Medal of Honor awarded to Bill Hansson - Jena Max Planck director and vice president of the Max Planck Society was honored in New York for his contributions to international scientific cooperation and as a global leader in neuroscience research. 

March 10, 2016
How stick insects handle indigestive food - Max Planck researchers discovered multifunctional cellulases, enzymes capable of degrading plant cell wall components, previously unknown in animals

February 4, 2015
The odor of stones - Unicellular microalgae smell dissolved minerals in the water

January 5, 2016
The dandelion uses latex to protect its roots against insect feeding - A single chemical compound in the latex sap of the plant deters cockchafer larvae