January 29, 2016
Stefan Pentzold receives a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
Stefan Pentzold, who is a postdoc in the research group "Chemical Defense of Leaf Beetles" (headed by Dr. Antje Burse) successfully applied for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship and will receive EU-funding within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program for the next two years. His project is called "ChemoSense - Elucidating the Mechanisms of Insect’s Chemical Taste to Understand Specific Host-Plant Selection". He will study poplar leaf beetles (Chrysomela populi), especially their gustatory receptors, and poplars by using transcriptomic sequencing, RNAi, heterologous expression, LC-MS, and other analytical techniques in order to find out how and why these herbivorous insects select their host plants.
July 28, 2015
Poster Prizes for MPI researchers at international conferences
Two PhD students from the MPI for Chemical Ecology were awarded poster prizes at international meetings this summer. Laura Flórez from the Insect Symbiosis Group received an award for her poster "Egg defense in Lagriid beetles and the many talents of Burkholderia symbionts" at the Gordon Research Conference on Animal-Microbe Symbioses in Waterville Valley, NH, USA. Chhana Ullah from the Department of Biochemistry was also honored for his poster "Flavan-3-ols are a general chemical defense in poplar against fungal pathogen attack" at the 31st Meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology in Stockholm, Sweden.
April 23, 2015
Young visitors at the MPI for Chemical Ecology on the Forsche-Schüler-Tag
The 6th "Forsche-Schüler-Tag" (Young Scientists' Day) on April 23, 2015, attracted 23 girls and boys to the MPI for Chemical Ecology. They attended scientific workshops under the supervision of MPI-CE researchers and performed exciting experiments in the labs.
Some impressions are available here (German only).
March 9, 2015
Thuringian Research Prize for Basic Research 2014 awarded to Martin Kaltenpoth
The Federal State of Thuringia awarded the Thuringian Research Prize for Basic Research 2014 to the Leader of the Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis, Martin Kaltenpoth. The awards ceremony took place at the Leibniz Institute for Phontonic Technology in Jena on March 9, 2015. The prize was awarded by the Thuringian minister for Economy, Research and Digital Society, Wolfgang Tiefensee.
To the press release (in German)
February 26, 2015
Success at "Jugend forscht" competition
Theresa Krüger, Nadja Eberl and Carla Gorse, three senior class students at the Angergymnasium Jena, were successful in the regional "Jugend forscht" competition. Their project on the bacterial symbionts of Oryzaephilus surinamensis, a corn pest, co-supervised by Martin Kaltenpoth and his colleagues from the Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis, won the 1st prize in biology as well as a special price awarded by the Rotary Club Jena Ernst Abbe. Congratulations!!!
February 16, 2015
Daimler and Benz Foundation supports Franziska Beran’s research project
Franziska Beran, head of the Research Group Sequestration and Detoxification in Insects, received a two-year postdoctoral scholarship from the Daimler and Benz Foundation starting February 1, 2015. The foundation supports the research project on the “Evolution and host-plant associations of Psylliodes flea beetles” by providing a financial support of 40.000 Euro in total.