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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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December 11, 2013
Toxic Substances in Banana Plants Kill Root Pests - Banana plants protect themselves from parasitic nematodes by increasing local concentrations of defensive substances in infected root tissues
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December 9, 2013
Intracellular ABC Transporters Enable Leaf Beetle Larvae to Accumulate Defensive Precursors When Feeding
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December 5, 2013
Preference for Oranges Protects Fruit Flies from Parasites - One single odorant receptor controls choice of citrus fruits as egg-laying substrate in Drosophila
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December 2, 2013
Division of Labor in the Test Tube - Bacteria grow faster if they feed each other
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November 21, 2013
Captive Breeding for Thousands of Years Has Impaired Olfactory Functions in Silkmoths
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October 14, 2013 
Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft 2013 an Peter Biedermann verliehen
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October 9,  2013 
Internationale Tagung der Proteom-Forscher in Jena
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September 6, 2013  
Pioneer of Ecological Genetics - Max Planck Director from Jena Elected Member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
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July 10, 2013
Optimizing Microbe Factories - Max Planck and Fraunhofer scientists team up to develop efficient biosynthetic processes for the production of pharmaceutical and industrial ingredients.
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June 10, 2013
Durch Molekularbiologie und Beobachtung in der freien Natur die Welt besser verstehen - Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zeichnet Meredith Schuman vom Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie, Jena, mit der begehrten Otto-Hahn-Medaille aus, die deutschlandweit für die besten Doktorarbeiten vergeben wird
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June 3, 2013
Female moths use olfactory signals to choose the best egg-laying sites - Small changes in the composition of green leaf volatiles induced by herbivory guide ovipositing female moths to unattacked plants
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May 17, 2013
Asian lady beetles use biological weapons against their European relatives − Invasive species from Eastern Asia uses microsporidia in order to out-compete native lady beetles
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March 18, 2013
Transistor in the Fly Antenna - Insect odorant receptors regulate their own sensitivity
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February 28, 2013
Metal Ions Regulate Terpenoid Metabolism in Insects - Controlled by metal ions a prenyl synthase in leaf beetle larvae produces the precursors for chemical defenses or juvenile hormones
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January 9, 2013   
Bugs need symbiotic bacteria to exploit plant seeds
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