Press Releases 2016


November 11, 2016
Plants modulate accumulation of metabolites at organ level - Scientists develop computational metabolomic approach to measure metabolic diversity in different plant tissues



November 7, 2016
Dependency can be an evolutionary advantage - Bacteria which are adapted to their environment and depend on others grow better


November 3, 2016
Plant roots in the dark see light - Light transmitted from the shoot to the roots activates photoreceptors in the roots and triggers light-dependent growth responses in plants


October 7, 2016
Choosing a mate: It's the brain, not the nose, that knows - Changes in the brain determine mate choice in the European Corn Borer, an important pest of maize


September 20, 2016
The architecture of odor perception  - Olfactory glomeruli have a unique structure: The basic units of the olfactory system in the brain of Drosophila melanogaster provide references to their function and ecological relevance


September 15, 2016
The call of the dung - Frass excreted on fruits by vinegar flies contains sex pheromones and invites conspecifics to join the meal


August 26, 2016  
Moth takes advantage of defensive compounds in Physalis fruits - The berries act as immune boosters in the moth Heliothis subflexa, a specialist on this food


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


June 23, 2016
A fascination for plant defense compounds - Sandra Irmisch received the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society for outstanding young scientists
See also: Outstanding! Junior scientists of the Max Planck Society -  June 2016, Saarbrücken


May 31, 2016
Stick insects produce bacterial enzymes themselves - In the course of evolution, genes of gut microbes “jumped” to their insect host


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