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

Hormonal teamplay in trees
In poplars, two plant hormones boost each other in defense against pathogenic fungi

Scientists decode chemical defense against plant sap-sucking leafhoppers
Combining field research with molecular biology and chemical analyses puts researchers on the trail of a new defense mechanism in tobacco plants

Unexpected benefits from food competitors
When laying their eggs, female hawkmoths rather share a host plant with competitors in order to escape from parasitic wasps.

Current News and Announcements

Publications

DeMars, M.; Nakamura, Y.; Kamileen, M. O.; Sanders, J. N.; Paetz, C.; Houk, K. N.; O’Connor, S. E.: Mechanism and evolution of [4+2] cyclases in monoterpene indole alkaloid biosynthesis. Faseb Journal 36 (S1) (2022)
Li, J.; Baldwin, I. T.; Li, D.: Harmonizing biosynthesis with post-ingestive modifications to understand the ecological functions of plant natural products. Natural Product Reports (2022)
Walsh, T.K.; Heckel, D. G.; Wu, Y.; Downes, S.; Gordon, K.H.J.; Oakeshott, J.G.: Determinants of insecticide resistance evolution: Comparative analysis among Heliothines. Annual Review of Entomology 67, pp. 387 - 406 (2022)

News

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.
After the IMPRS symposium on April 6-7, 2022, Ghada Yousif,  Devasena Thiagarajan, Marilia Freire, and Andrea Müller received the presentation awards for the best talks and posters.
Prof. Denise Dearing, Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the  University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA, is currently visiting our institute as a guest scientist with funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Events and Seminars

25th Anniversary of the Institute

Jun 1, 2022
Abbe Lecture Hall

Tae Seok Moon

to be announced
Jun 2, 2022 11:00
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Maaria Rosenkranz

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

Robbie Girling

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