We investigate how organisms interact with chemical signals.

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 glasshouse and in the field to better understand interactions and signals in their natural environment.

Training and international collaborations are key features of our work.

We believe diversity and inclusion leads to the best science.

  

Jonathan Gershenzon

   

Molecular Ecology

    

Silke Sachse

    

Bill Hansson  

  

Yuko Ulrich

     

Axel Mithöfer

   

Sarah O'Connor

   

Hannah Rowland

    

David Heckel

   

Martin Kaltenpoth

   

Huw Groucutt

  

Georg Pohnert

Research News

Gut enzyme in cockchafer larvae activates dandelion defense mechanism

October 11, 2021
Removing the sugar component from a toxin in dandelion roots increases larval growth while simultaneously deterring the larvae from feeding.

Learning helps tobacco hawkmoths to select a nectar source and oviposition site more efficiently

September 27, 2021
Learned odors influence the moths' preferences for certain flowers and host plants. Olfactory sensory cells on the proboscis, on the other hand, play no role in learning.

The evolution of vinegar flies is based on the variation of male sex pheromones

July 06, 2021
Max Planck researchers decipher the chemical language underlying mating in 99 species of the genus Drosophila.

Current News and Announcements

Publications

1.
Salem, H.; Kaltenpoth, M.: Beetle-bacterial symbioses: Endless forms most functional. Annual Review of Entomology 67, pp. 201 - 219 (2022)
2.
Smith, H. E.; Price, G. J.; Duval, M.; Westaway, K.; Zaim, J.; Rizal, Y.; Aswan; Puspaningrum, M. R.; Trihascaryo, A.; Stewart, M. et al.; Louys, J.: Taxonomy, taphonomy and chronology of the Pleistocene faunal assemblage at Ngalau Gupin cave, Sumatra. Quaternary International 603, pp. 40 - 63 (2021)
3.
Chakraborty, M.; Mahmud, N. U.; Ullah, C.; Rahman, M.; Islam, T.: Biological and biorational management of blast diseases in cereals caused by Magnaporthe oryzae. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 41 (7), pp. 994 - 1022 (2021)

News

Sarah O'Connor to receive the 2022 Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products of the American Chemical Society.
The young Max Planck researcher studied how poplars defend themselves against two attackers at the same time: voracious caterpillars and pathogenic fungi.
The director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology is awarded the Cross of Merit 1st class of the Federal Republic of Germany for his services to the internationalization of research in Germany and in Jena.

Events and Seminars

Daniel Voytas

The promise of plant gene editing at scale
Oct 13, 2021 15:00 - 16:00
online via zoom

André Kessler

title to be announced
Oct 20, 2021 14:00 - 15:00
online via zoom

Guillermo Jimenez Aleman

SARS-CoV-2 fears green: the chlorophyll catabolite Pheophorbide a is a potent antiviral
Oct 28, 2021 14:00 - 17:00
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Erik Poelman

title to be announced
Nov 10, 2021 14:00 - 15:00
online via zoom
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