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

Symbiotic bacteria protect beetle larvae from pathogens
Bacteria produce antifungal compound protecting the eggs, larvae, and pupae from infections / Bacterial community is retained even during molting stages.

Case solved: the biosynthesis of strychnine elucidated
Researchers from Jena show how the poison nut tree forms strychnine

Enzyme of bacterial origin promoted the evolution of longhorned beetles
Gene duplication increased the diversity and specificity of enzymes that enable beetle larvae to degrade important wood components.

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Köllner, T. G.; David, A.; Luck, K.; Beran, F.; Kunert, G.; Zhou, J.-J.; Caputi, L.; O’Connor, S. E.: Biosynthesis of iridoid sex pheromones in aphids. (2022)
Kamileen, M. O.; DeMars II, M.; Hong, B.; Nakamura, Y.; Paetz, C.; Lichman, B. R.; Sonawane, P. D.; Caputi, L.; O’Connor, S. E.: Recycling upstream redox enzymes expands the regioselectivity of cycloaddition in pseudo-aspidosperma alkaloid biosynthesis. (2022)
Dearing, M. D.; Kaltenpoth, M.; Gershenzon, J.: Demonstrating the role of symbionts in mediating detoxification in herbivores. Symbiosis 87, pp. 59 - 66 (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

25 Years - Institute Symposium and Alumni Event

Sep 29, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022
Abbe Lecture Hall

Claudia Köhler

Epigenetic drivers of plant species diversity
Oct 6, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:57 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Sharon Hill

to be announced
Oct 20, 2022 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Dieter Link

Know How and Technology Transfer with Max Planck Innovation: Well-Tried and New Tools
Oct 27, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Martin Schebeck

to be announced
Nov 3, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011
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