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.

Photo: Anna Schroll

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.

Research News

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

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.

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

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Jamilur Rahman, Ian Thomas Baldwin, and Klaus Gase, "California TRV-based VIGS vectors mediate gene silencing at elevated temperatures but with greater growth stunting," BMC Plant Biology 21, 553 (2021).
Rajarajan Ramakrishnan, Jaromír Hradecký, Amit Roy, Blanka Kalinová, Rya C Mendezes, Jiri Synek, Jaromír Bláha, Aleš Svatoš, and Anna Jirošová, "Metabolomics and transcriptomics of pheromone biosynthesis in an aggressive forest pest Ips typographus", in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, (2021).

News

The biochemist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena has been elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences.
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.

Events and Seminars

Po-Yuan Shih

Characterization of the salivary effectors involved in the host plant adaptation of pea aphidsCharacterization of the salivary effectors involved in the host plant adaptation of pea aphids
Dec 1, 2021 14:00
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)
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