October 14, 2013
Peter Biedermann received the Klaus Tschira Award for Achievements in Public Understanding of Science
The Klaus Tschira Foundation awarded Peter Biedermann the Klaus Tschira Award 2013 in Biology. The scientist from the Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis received his PhD in 2012. He now summarized his research, which focuses on the evolution of social life in Ambrosia beetles, in a generally understandable article to be published in the supplement of the magazine "Bild der Wissenschaft", KlarText!. The award, endowed with 5000 EUR, supports outstanding junior scientists who are successful in making their research findings accessible to a lay audience and hereby increase a public appreciation of science.
September 23, 2013
Zwillenberg-Tietz-Stiftung funds PhD project at the MPI for Chemical Ecology
The Zwillenberg Tietz Foundation supports Raimund Nagel's PhD project under the supervision of Jonathan Gershenzon and Axel Schmidt in the Department of Biochemistry. It is focused on conifer defense strategies against pests. Raimund Nagel is studying whether plant secondary metabolites increase the resistance of spruce and pine against bark beetles or moths.
Link to the project
June 7, 2013
Meredith Schuman received Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society
During the Annual Meeting of the Max Planck Society, held on June 5-6, 2013, in Potsdam, Meredith Schuman was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal. This prize is awarded for the best dissertations during the last year. The topic of her outstanding PhD thesis in the Department of Molecular Ecology (Ian T. Baldwin) was "The response of Nicotiana attenuata plants to herbivory: polymorphism and functions in nature"
April 30, 2013
Ian Baldwin elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
During the 150th Annual Meeting on Monday, April 29, 2013, the National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific organization in the United States of America, announced the election of new members; among them is Ian Baldwin, head of the Department of Molecular Ecology. The NAS membership recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
March 23, 2013
Best Poster Award to Laura Flórez and and Best Talk Award to Hassan Salem at Evolutionary Biology Meeting in Göttingen
At the Evolutionary Biology Meeting of the German Zoological Society, held March 22-23, 2013 in Göttingen, Laura Flórez received the best poster award for her presentation entitled: "Burkholderia as insect endosymbionts: the fully equipped bacterial partners of Lagria hirta tenebrionid beetles". Hassan Salem was awarded a prize for the best talk on "Detailing the symbiotic contributions of Actinobacteria towards firebugs". Both are PhD students in the Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis headed by Martin Kaltenpoth.
March 22, 2013
Poster prize for Anja Strauß at Gordon Research Conference in USA
Anja Strauß from the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry (Prof. Boland) received a prize for one of the best posters at the Gordon Research Conference "Multi-Drug Efflux Systems" in Ventura, CA, USA, March 17-22, 2013. Her poster was entitled: "Beetle juice strategy: ABC transporter acts as a gatekeeper while unifying sequestration and active defense."
March 21, 2013
Reinhold von Sengbusch Poster Award for Martin Schäfer
Martin Schäfer from the Department of Molecular Ecology received one of the Reinhold von Sengbusch Poster Awards during the 26th Conference of Molecular Biology of Plants, February 26 - March 1, 2013, Dabringhausen (under the patronage of the German Botanical Society). The prize was awarded for his poster entitled "The role of cytokinins in herbivore defense responses of Nicotiana attenuata", co-authored by Christoph Brütting, Ivan David Meza Canales, Klaus Gase, Radka Vanková, Ian Baldwin and Stefan Meldau.
February 26, 2013
Scholarship from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region awarded to Ayufu Yilamujiang
Ayufu Yilamujiang, PhD student in the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, received a scholarship from the Department of Education of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for self-financed students studying abroad. He was selected for his outstanding achievements during his Biochemistry studies at Friedrich Schiller University and at the MPI-CE in Jena.
December 3, 2012
Peter Biedermann receives Dr. Lutz Zwillenberg Prize
The University of Bern, Switzerland, awarded Peter Biedermann, postdoc in the Insect Symbiosis Group, the Dr. Lutz Zwillenberg Prize for his outstanding dissertation on the "Evolution of Cooperation in Ambrosia Beetles". The award remembers biologist Dr. Lutz O. Zwillenberg who died in December 2011.
November 30, 2012
Jonathan Gershenzon honored as AAAS Fellow
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Jonathan Gershenzon as an AAAS Fellow in the section of Biological Sciences. With this honor, the AAAS acknowledges his distinguished contributions to knowledge of the composition, ecological role and evolution of plant defense compounds. The AAAS is the world's largest scientific society. It was founded in Pennsylvania in 1848. Since 1880, AAAS has been publishing the the journal Science.
November 5, 2012
Christelle Robert received Award for Sustainable Development
Christelle Robert from the Department of Biochemistry, member of the Root-Herbivore Interactions Group, received the 2012 Sustainable Development Award from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. This prize recognizes her outstanding PhD thesis on "The key to success: Host plant adaptations in the root herbivore Diabrotica virgifera virgifera" (supervisor: Prof. Ted Turlings; co-supervisor: Matthias Erb; project collaborator: Tobias Köllner).
October 15, 2012
Bill S. Hansson elected member of the Academia Europaea
Bill S. Hansson, director of the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology and currently managing director of the MPI-CE, was elected member of the Academia Europaea. This European scientific academy was founded in 1988 by scientists from the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands as a pan-European body that could express the opinions and ideas of scientists from across Europe. The academy has more than 2000 members, including over 40 Nobel Laureates.
September 28, 2012
David G. Heckel on insecticide resistance 50 years after Silent Spring (Science 337 no. 6102, Sept. 28, 2012)
50 years after Rachel Carson published her famous book Silent Spring, which marked the birth of the environmental movement, David G. Heckel provides an overview on the current state of resistances pest insects have developed against insecticides (SCIENCE, Vol. 337, 1621-1624, DOI: 10.1126/science.1226994).
June 25, 2012
Poster prize for Dorothea Meldau at New Phytologist Symposium in Rhodes
Dorothea Meldau, Department of Molecular Ecology, received the runners-up poster prize during the 28th New Phytologist Symposium "Functions and ecology of the plant microbiome" in Rhodes, Greece, May 18-21, 2012. Her poster was entitled: "The smelly road - how Bacillus sp. B55 promotes plant growth."
April 19, 2012
MPI for Chemical Ecology founding member of the Jena Alliance for Integration
The founding ceremony of the Jena Alliance for Integration (Jenaer Integrationsbündnis) was held on April 19, 2012, in the old town hall in Jena. The goal of the alliance is supporting and organizing the integration of migrants in Jena in a sustainable, collaborative, and long-term effort. As a founding member, the MPI obliged to participate in this alliance and will continue its commitment for a cosmopolitan and tolerant Jena.
April 19, 2012
Royal Entomological Society (RES) Journal Award for Yannick Pauchet
For his paper "Pyrosequencing the Manduca sexta larval midgut transcriptome: messages for digestion, detoxification and defence" (2010, Insect Molecular Biology, 19(1), pp. 61-75., co-authored with P. Wilkinson, H. Vogel, D. Nelson, S. Reynolds, D.G. Heckel, and R. H. ffrench-Constant), Yannick Pauchet receives the Best Paper Award for the best manuscript published in the RES journal Insect Molecular Biology during 2010/2011.