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.

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Research News

Antagonistic interactions of plant defense compounds
Tobacco hornworms neutralize different defense mechanisms of tobacco plants after ingestion

Tobacco hawkmoths always find the right odor
The moths can distinguish crucial from irrelevant odors in a complex odorous mixture to locate food sources and host plants for laying their eggs.

Good or bad? - Neurons in higher centers of the fly brain are crucial for the evaluation of odors
Neurons in the lateral horn of the brain of vinegar flies evaluate individual odors and mediate the resulting odor-guided behavior.

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Boccia, M.; Grzech, D.; Lopes, A. A.; O’Connor, S. E.; Caputi, L.: Directed biosynthesis of new to nature alkaloids in a heterologous Nicotiana benthamiana expression host. Frontiers in Plant Science 13, 919443 (2022)
Rowland, H. M.; Saccheri, I. J.; Skelhorn, J.: The peppered moth Biston betularia. Current Biology 32 (10), pp. R447 - R448 (2022)
Israni, B.; Luck, K.; Römhild, S.; Raguschke, B.; Wielsch, N.; Hupfer, Y.; Reichelt, M.; Svatoš, A.; Gershenzon, J.; Giddings Vassão, D.: Alternative transcript splicing regulates UDP-glucosyltransferase-catalyzed detoxification of DIMBOA in the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). Scientific Reports 12, 10343 (2022)

News

Mohammed Khallaf receives the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society.
The Max Planck Institutes for Biogeochemistry and Chemical Ecology in Jena celebrate their 25th anniversary with a joint ceremony.
Yuko Ulrich is the first recipient of the new research award of the Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz. She convinced the jury with her research on the interaction between social organization and disease resistance in social insects.

Events and Seminars

Frontiers in Chemical Ecology

Jun 28, 2022 08:45 AM - Jun 29, 2022 12:30 PM
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry , Room: Lecture Hall

Maaria Rosenkranz

to be announced
Jul 14, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Robbie Girling

to be announced
Sep 8, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Nico Eisenhauer

The dark side of biodiversity
Sep 15, 2022 11:30 AM
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011 + online

Kayla King

to be announced
Sep 22, 2022 11:30 AM
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