June 29, 2016

Jasmonate-deficient tobacco plants attract herbivorous mammals

Tobacco plants which lack the hormones responsible for nicotine production are feasted on by rabbits and other mammals (eLife June 2016)  more »


May 31, 2016

Stick insects produce bacterial enzymes themselves

 In the course of evolution, genes of gut microbes “jumped” to their insect host (Scientific Reports, May 2016) more »


May 27, 2016

Hawk moths have a second nose for evaluating flowers

Using olfactory neurons on their proboscis, moths weigh which flowers to visit (eLife, May 2016) more »


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 (Nature Communications, May 2016) more »