Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Chemical EcologyWe 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 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.
We believe diversity and inclusion leads to the best science.
We celebrate our 25th anniversary together with our neighboring institute.Follow the QR-code to listen to short podcasts about our current research.
Current News and Announcements
290, 1995 (2023)You are what you eat—ecological niche and microhabitat influence venom activity and composition in aquatic bugs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
14, 1157932 (2023)Editorial: Insights in invertebrate physiology 2021. Frontiers in Physiology
17, 1130091 (2023)Experience-dependent plasticity in the olfactory system of Drosophila melanogaster and other insects. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
After the IMPRS symposium on March 21-22, 2023, Francesca Protti Sanchez, Ana Baños, Venkatesh Pal Mahadevan, Nomthi Kanyile, Marina Quadrado, and Ramya Ganesan and received the presentation awards for the best talks and posters.
The Jena chemist is awarded the most prestigious German research prize for her fundamental discoveries on plant natural product biosynthesis.
Over 250 scientists from all over the world will present and discuss their latest research results in smell and taste research.