Bachelor / Master Thesis

The Biochemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena offers a

Bachelor / Master Thesis or a research internship.

Small, but what a performance! How do duckweeds defend themselves?

The Lemnaceae are the fastest growing flowering plants. Due to their high nutritional value, they are especially attractive for plant consumers. But how do these plants fend off attackers?

In this project, we investigate the defense mechanisms of duckweeds. Do these plants produce toxic compounds and are these metabolites active against the plant enemies? Can the plants even warn each other from the attackers?

We are looking for a motivated and reliable student with interest in plant physiology, ecology, phytochemistry and plant stress responses. We offer an exciting project in a worldwide leading research institute, the opportunity to learn a wide range of methods and optimal supervision in a small and young research group. Starting time of the project is flexible.

Interested students please contact Meret Huber: mhuber [at]