Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

We investigate how organisms interact with chemical signals.
We do research in the lab to better understand interactions at a molecular level.

We do research in the lab to better understand interactions at a molecular level.

We do research in the glasshouse and in the field to better understand interactions and signals in their natural environment.

We do research in the glasshouse and in the field to better understand interactions and signals in their natural environment.

Photo: Anna Schroll
Training and international collaborations are key features of our work.

Training and international collaborations are key features of our work.

We believe diversity and inclusion leads to the best science.

We believe diversity and inclusion leads to the best science.

We celebrate our 25th anniversary together with our neighboring institute.

We celebrate our 25th anniversary together with our neighboring institute.

Follow the QR-code to listen to short podcasts about our current research.

Research News

The Mona Lisa effect: How eyespots deter predators that approach from different directions
Chicks are intimidated by eyespots that appear to gaze at them, providing an explanation for why eyespots are often symmetrical

Catnip and pea aphid came up with different ways to make the same molecule
While the chemical steps for the biosynthesis of nepetalactone appear to be identical in the plants and insects, they use different enzymes to catalyze them.

Microbial enzymes are the key to pectin digestion in leaf beetles
The degradation of the cell wall component pectin through the acquisition of an originally microbial enzyme provides access to the nutrient-rich constituents of plant cells.

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Aceves-Aparicio, A.; Narendra, A.; McLean, D. J.; Lowe, E. C.; Christian, M.; Wolff, J. O.; Schneider, J. M.; Herberstein, M. E.: Fast acrobatic maneuvers enable arboreal spiders to hunt dangerous prey. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 119 (40), e2205942119 (2022)
Ganesan, R.; Wierz, J. C.; Kaltenpoth, M.; Flórez, L. V.: How it all begins: Bacterial factors mediating the colonization of invertebrate hosts by beneficial symbionts. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews (2022)
Mithöfer, A.; Riemann, M.; Faehn, C. A.; Mrazova, A.; Jaakola, L.: Plant defense under Arctic light conditions: Can plants withstand invading pests? Frontiers in Plant Science 13, 1051107 (2022)

News

Over 250 scientists from all over the world will present and discuss their latest research results in smell and taste research.
In the category "doctoral researchers" Nomthi Kanyile received the prize for the best presentation and Ana Simão Pinto de Carvalho the prize for the best poster.
Mohammed Khallaf receives the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society.

Events and Seminars

IMPRS Symposium

Mar 21, 2023 - Mar 22, 2023
Dornburg Castle

Jürgen Krieger

TBA
Mar 30, 2023 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Monica Pupo

TBA
Apr 20, 2023 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)
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