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

Case solved: the biosynthesis of strychnine elucidated
Researchers from Jena show how the poison nut tree forms strychnine

Enzyme of bacterial origin promoted the evolution of longhorned beetles
Gene duplication increased the diversity and specificity of enzymes that enable beetle larvae to degrade important wood components.

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

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Binns, G. E.; Hämäläinen, L.; Kemp, D. J.; Rowland, H. M.; Umbers, K. D. L.; Herberstein, M. E.: Additive genetic variation, but not temperature, influences warning signal expression in Amata nigriceps moths (Lepidoptera: Arctiinae). Ecology and Evolution 12 (7), e9111 (2022)
Hansson, B. S.; Chang, H.; Cassau, S.; Krieger, J.; Guo , X.; Knaden, M.; Kang, L.: A chemical defense deters cannibalism in migratory locusts. Research Square (accepted)
Hernández Lozada, N. J.; Hong, B.; Wood, J. C.; Caputi, L.; Basquin, J.; Chuang, L.; Kunert, M.; Rodriguez Lopez, C. E.; Langley, C.; Zhao, D. et al.; Buell, C. R.; Lichman, B. R.; O’Connor, S. E.: A biocatalytic toolkit for the control of iridoid stereochemistry. Nature Communications (accepted)

News

In the category "doctoral researchers" Nomthi Kanyile received the prize for the best presentation and Ana Simão Pinto de Carvalho the prize for the best poster.
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.

Events and Seminars

Robbie Girling

to be announced
Sep 8, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
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 (Local Time Germany)
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 (Local Time Germany)
Online

25 Years - Institute Symposium and Alumni Event

Sep 29, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022
Abbe Lecture Hall

Claudia Köhler

to be announced
Oct 6, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:57 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011
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