July 1, 2019

The chemical language of plants depends on context

Environmental conditions and the genetic makeup of individual plants influence the response of insects to the plant volatile organic compound linalool (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, July 2019) more »


July 1, 2019

Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom

Researchers are urging to step up research into bark beetles – also in view of climate change (Trends in Ecology and Evolution, June 2019)  more »


June 25, 2019

How pitcher plants attract and digest their prey

Spring traps, sticky mucilage, pitfalls - carnivorous plants have come up with unusual techniques to derive additional nutrients. Axel Mithöfer and his group study pitcher plants from Southeast Asia (MaxPlanckForschung 2/2019) more »


June 11, 2019

Beewolves use a gas to preserve food

European beewolf eggs produce nitric oxide which prevents the larvae’s food from getting moldy (eLife, June 2019) more »