Press Releases 2015


December 17, 2015
Their enemy’s sex pheromone helps flies protect their offspring - Female Drosophila flies avoid oviposition sites that smell of parasitic wasps. This increases the survival rate of their larvae.
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December 8, 2015
Cooperating bacteria isolate cheaters - Bacteria, which reciprocally exchange amino acids, stabilize their partnership on two-dimensional surfaces and limit the access of non-cooperating bacteria to the exchanged nutrients
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October 22, 2015
Reducing the sweetness to survive - Manduca sexta caterpillars' developed a surprising detoxification mechanism against their host plant’s sweet toxin
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October 15, 2015
A sex pheromone assembly line in Manduca sexta - A single amino acid change in a female moth enzyme is responsible for the production of new sex pheromones
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October 7, 2015
Edible love gifts may influence female behavior - Male crickets offer nuptial gifts to their mating partners which may alter the females’ reproductive physiology and make them less likely to mate with other males
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September 30, 2015
Die chemische Ökologie von Plankton: Wie individuell sind die Einzeller im Meer und wie beeinflussen sie sich gegenseitig? - Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert von der Universität Jena neuer Max Planck Fellow am Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie
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August 25, 2015
A community of soil bacteria saves plants from root rot - Without a protective mix of root bacteria, wild tobacco plants lose the fight against sudden wilt disease
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August 18, 2015
Linking molecules to microbes - Researchers visualize antibiotic substances and their bacterial producers simultaneously
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July 9, 2015
Deceptive flowers - How flowers use scent and nectar to manipulate pollinators and herbivores
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June 24, 2015
The secret weapons of cabbages: Overcome by butterfly coevolution - Researchers reveal the mechanisms of the arms-race between butterflies and plants
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June 17, 2015
Two Otto Hahn Medals go to Jena - Jakob Zscheischler from the MPI for Biogeochemistry and Hany Dweck from the MPI for Chemical Ecology receive the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society
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June 10, 2015
Microbe-mediated adaptation to a novel diet - Symbiotic bacteria enabled bugs to feed on plant seeds and promoted species diversity 
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June 4, 2015
Feeding caterpillars make leaves shine - Scientists visualize calcium signals in plants which are elicited by wounding and ultimately regulate defense responses against herbivores
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May 20, 2015
One simple molecule regulates sexual behavior in Drosophila - Scientists identify methyl laurate as Drosophila melanogaster sex pheromone
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May 7, 2015
Seltene blaue Blütenpracht - Blauglockenbaum blüht am Jenaer Beutenberg vor dem Max-Planck- Institut für chemische Ökologie
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April 15, 2015
Diversity in a monoculture - Functional differences within a species ensure its survival and improve the productivity of the whole ecosystem
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March 18, 2015
Leaf odor attracts Drosophila suzukii - Beta-cyclocitral is highly attractive to fruit crop pest
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March 9, 2015
Antibiotika aus „Schutzsymbiosen“ zwischen Insekten und Bakterien - Thüringer Forschungspreis 2014 für Grundlagenforschung an Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth verliehen
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February 27, 2015
Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA interference - RNA interference protects potato plants against herbivore attack
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February 23, 2015
Bacteria network for food - Bacteria connect to each other and exchange nutrients
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January 27, 2015
Things smell good for a reason - Fruit flies use olfactory cues to detect healthy antioxidants in their food
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