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.

Photo: Anna Schroll
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
We support the Initiative “Weltoffenes Thüringen”.

We support the Initiative “Weltoffenes Thüringen”.

We are committed to ensuring that people from different backgrounds live and work together in a respectful manner.
Training and international collaborations are key features of our work.

Training and international collaborations are key features of our work.

Photo: Anna Schroll
We believe diversity and inclusion leads to the best science.

We believe diversity and inclusion leads to the best science.

Photo: Jürgen Scheere

Research News

Oxidant pollutant ozone removes mating barriers between fly species
Elevated ozone levels increase the occurrence of mostly sterile hybrids between different species of the genus Drosophila
New habitats affect plant defense
Populations of ribwort plantain outside their original range are just as well defended as native populations, and in some cases even better
Silkmoths: Different olfactory worlds of females and males
Female moths primarily use their sense of smell to find the best host plants on which to lay their eggs, with the deterrent effect of caterpillar feces playing an important role

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Servanté, E. K.; Halitschke, R.; Rocha, A. C.; Baldwin, I. T.; Paszkowski, U.: Independent regulation of strigolactones and blumenols during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in rice. The Plant Journal (2024)
Wierz, J. C.; Gimmel, M. L.; Huthmacher, S.; Engl, T.; Kaltenpoth, M.: Evolutionary history of tyrosine-supplementing endosymbionts in pollen-feeding beetles. The ISME Journal (accepted)
Ernst, L.; Lyu, H.; Liu, P.; Paetz, C.; Sayed, H. M. B.; Meents, T.; Ma, H.; Beerhues, L.; El-Awaad, I.; Liu, B.: Regiodivergent biosynthesis of bridged bicyclononanes. Nature Communications 15, 4525 (2024)

News

Andrea Müller from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology receives the Beutenberg Campus Award for the best doctoral thesis.
After the IMPRS symposium on April 17-18, 2024, Marion Lemoine, Ronja Krüsemer, Johannes Körnig and Iulia Barutia received the presentation awards for the best talks and posters.
Wir laden am 25. April 2024 wieder alle interessierten Schülerinnen und Schüler ab der 8. Klasse ein, am Forsche Schüler Tag einen Blick in unsere Forschungslabore zu werfen und selbst Wissenschaft „auszuprobieren“.

Events and Seminars

Natalia Dudareva

Volatile emission and perception: crossing the same barriers but in the opposite direction
Jul 2, 2024 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Bruno Lemaitre

Layers of immunity: Deconstructing the Drosophila effector response
Jul 18, 2024 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Klaus Schläppi

to be announced
Aug 29, 2024 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)
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