Podcasts

The eLIFE Podcast
March 2014
Episode 10:
In this episode of the eLife podcast we hear about the mating habits of flies, radiation resistance in bacteria, how insects learned to smell, and the Hawaiian bobtail squid ...

The receptors that allow insects to smell various chemicals probably evolved around the time they developed the ability to flyInterview with Christine Missbach.

3sat nano Spezial
25 October 2013
Die letzte ihrer Art - Agarökologe rettet Banane vor dem Aussterben
Der Kassler Agrarökologe Andreas Bürkert ist im Oman auf die seltene Bananensorte Umq Bir gestoßen. Sie ist nahezu immun gegen den schlimmsten Bananenschädling, den Bananenrüsselkäfer, der regelmäßig Bananenplantagen befällt und dort immense Ernteausfälle verursacht. Mit Hilfe des Biochemikers Dirk Hölscher vom Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie versucht er herauszufinden, mit welchen Abwehrstoffen sich diese Bananenart erfolgreich gegen den Schädling wehrt.
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Deutschlandfunk - Forschung Aktuell
17 May 2013
Einwanderer mit überlegenen Waffen - Warum der Asiatische Marienkäfer seine europäischen Verwandten verdrängt
Geholt, um in Gewächshäusern die Blattläuse kleinzuhalten, hat sich der asiatische Marienkäfer zu einer großen Bedrohung für seine europäischen Verwandten entwickelt. Forscher haben jetzt das Geheimnis seines durchschlagenden Erfolgs entschlüsselt. Einer von ihnen, Heiko Vogel vom Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie in Jena, erläutert es im Gespräch mit Ralf Krauter.
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Deutschlandradio Wissen
9 January 2013
Tabak ruft um Hilfe - Wie der Forscher Ian Baldwin das Notrufsystem von Tabak entschlüsselt: Im Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie in Jena haben Forscher die Überlebensstrategie wilder Tabakpflanzen entdeckt: Sie rufen um Hilfe. Normalerweise wehren sich die Pflanzen, indem sie vermehrt Nikotin bilden. Das Nervengift vetreibt die Schädlinge. Doch das wirkt nicht immer. Die Lösung: biochemische Kommunikation. Damit ruft die Tabakpflanze Verbündete herbei. (Interview with Ian Baldwin - in English)
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Deutschlandfunk - Forschung Aktuell
18 October 2012
Ausgefeilte Konservierung - Multi-Antibiotika-Brutprophylaxe des räuberischen Bienenwolfes: Bienenwölfe fangen Honigbienen als Frischvorrat für ihre Nachkommen. Um Gelege und Beute im sandigen Nest zu konservieren benutzt die Wespenart einen ganzen Cocktail von Antibiotika, bereitgestellt von Bakteriensymbionten, mit denen sie bereits seit gut 100 Millionen Jahren kooperiert. (Interview with Tobias Engl and Martin Kaltenpoth, Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis)
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BBC World Service - Science in Action
29 September 2012
From BBC World Service - Science in Action: The book ‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson was published in 1962. Said to be a key factor in launching the environmental movement. Carson wrote about the effects of chemical pesticides and especially DDT and the consequences it had, not just for insects and plants, but also the wider wildlife and human health. She speculated that the harm of unregulated pesticide use, could lead to a spring devoid of birdsong and the buzz of insects. The book triggered a ban on DDT for agricultural uses ... Also how changes in pesticide use and scientific understanding of them has changed over the past 50 years (Interview with David Heckel: 13.20-17.30).
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Das Erste - W wie Wissen
20 November 2011
Die Sinne der Pflanzen
Pflanzen nehmen sehr genau wahr, was um sie herum geschieht - und sind lebendiger, als wir denken. Weil aber ihre Uhren sehr viel langsamer gehen als unsere, übersehen wir leicht, wie lebendig sie sind. Sie erobern und verteidigen aktiv ihren Lebensraum, manche sind sogar erfolgreiche Jäger - und dabei nutzen auch sie ihre Sinne.
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Quirks & Quarks, CBC Radio
25 September 2010
Caterpillar's Fatal Attraction to Tobacco
Chewing tobacco just became a little more of a health risk than previously thought, especially for the tobacco hornworm. As it eats away at the tobacco leaf, a chemical in its saliva reacts with a substance given off by the plant, called Green Leaf Volatiles (GLVs). This is the tobacco plant's mechanism for sending an SOS to the big-eyed bug, a predator of the hornworm. Dr. Ian Baldwin, the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, has found that the big-eyed bug receives the signal and comes to the aid of the tobacco plant by eating the hornworm. This research could be valuable to the future of environmentally friendly, sustainable pest control.
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Quirks & Quarks, CBC Radio
30  January 2010
Plant Punishes a Presumptuous Pollinator
In every relationship there has to be a reasonable give and take, or the disadvantaged partner may go looking for greener grass. What's true in humans turns out to be true in plants. Dr. Ian Baldwin, director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany has been looking at a plant that switches to a new pollinator if its old one does it wrong. The plant is normally pollinated at night by a moth, but the moth can lay very hungry caterpillars on the plant, which can devour the plant's leaves. Dr. Baldwin has found that if too many caterpillars take advantage of the plant, it will switch the timing of the its flowering to the daytime, when the moth is inactive but hummingbirds can pollinate it.
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BBC World Service - Science in Action
17 July 2009
From BBC World Service - Science in Action: Researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology have discovered that trees have the ability to send out a chemical SOS to get help from friendly insects and this trick may have huge implications for creating naturally pest-resistant crops. Science in Action’s Anna Lacey joined scientists out in a former military zone between Germany and Poland where the research is being carried out.
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Science Podcast
29 August 2008
From the SCIENCE Podcast: An interview with Ian Baldwin on how flowering plants manipulate pollinators in order to maximize their reproductive potential.
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National Public Radio
29 September 2007
Worm Resurgence Troubles Apple Farmers

by Dan Charles
Organic apple farmers keep their fruit free of worms by spraying their trees with a naturally occurring virus. But insects in some orchards in Germany have developed resistance to this biological insecticide and farmers are concerned... (including an interview with David Heckel)
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Download or play the first Plant Journal podcast:
 An interview with Ian Baldwin on his article "Making sense of nectar scents: the effects of secondary metabolites on floral visitors of Nicotiana attenuata", by Wendy Barnaby.
Click to launch or right click to download the podcast (mp3 file, 12.6 MB, 17 minutes 57 seconds).
Read the article on Blackwell Synergy