Press Releases 2014


December 16, 2014
How the brain can distinguish good from bad smells - Scientists identify the lateral horn in the brain of fruit flies as the processing center for behaviorally relevant odor information
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December 9, 2014
Toxic fruits hold the key to reproductive success - A dopamine precursor in the toxic fruits of the morinda tree increases fertility in female Drosophila sechellia flies
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December 1, 2014
The nutritionists within - Firebugs depend on gut bacteria for vitamin supply
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November 12, 2014
Microbial colonization measures - Spodoptera larvae actively biosynthesize an iron chelator, thereby directly influencing their gut flora
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September 25, 2014
Playing tag with sugars in the cornfield - Armyworms deactivate a maize chemical defense by reattaching a sugar in the opposite configuration
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August 29, 2014
Ready for mating at the right time - Researchers identify a pheromone in the urine of male tilapia fish that stimulates spawning in females
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June 6, 2014
Ameisenforscherin erhält die Otto-Hahn-Medaille - Cornelia Bühlmann wird für ihre Forschung zum Orientierungsverhalten von Wüstenameisen von der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet
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May 8, 2014
Beetles that taste like mustard - Flea beetles outwit their host plant’s mustard oil bomb and use it for their own purposes
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April 15, 2014
Faithful allies since the Cretaceous - Symbiosis between beewolves and their protective bacteria originated millions of years ago
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March 27, 2014
The first insects were not yet able to smell well - Odorant receptors of recent insects evolved long after insects migrated from water to land.
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March 16, 2014
Nectar: a sweet reward from plants to attract pollinators − Flowering plants need sugar transporter SWEET9 for nectar production
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January 15, 2014
Ants Protect Acacia Plants Against Pathogens - Researchers discover an additional level of this insect-plant symbiosis
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January 2, 2014
Toxic Breath Keeps Spiders Away - Tobacco hornworm larvae exhale a small fraction of nicotine from ingested tobacco leaves as a defense signal to deter predatory spiders
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