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

Microbial enzymes are the key to pectin digestion in leaf beetles
The degradation of the cell wall component pectin through the acquisition of an originally microbial enzyme provides access to the nutrient-rich constituents of plant cells.

Symbiotic bacteria protect beetle larvae from pathogens
Bacteria produce antifungal compound protecting the eggs, larvae, and pupae from infections / Bacterial community is retained even during molting stages.

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

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Gruber, L.; Cantera, R.; Pleijzier, M. W.; Hansson, B. S.; Rybak, J.: Diversification of neuropil organization in specialized and broadly tuned olfactory glomerular circuits in Drosophila melanogaster. (2022)
Kiefer, J. S. T.; Schmidt, G.; Krüsemer, R.; Kaltenpoth, M.; Engl, T.: Wolbachia causes cytoplasmic incompatibility, but not male-killing in a grain pest beetle. Molecular Ecology (accepted)
Dearing, M. D.; Kaltenpoth, M.; Gershenzon, J.: Demonstrating the role of symbionts in mediating detoxification in herbivores. Symbiosis 87, pp. 59 - 66 (2022)

News

Over 250 scientists from all over the world will present and discuss their latest research results in smell and taste research.
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.

Events and Seminars

Sharon Hill

to be announced
Oct 20, 2022 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Dieter Link

Know How and Technology Transfer with Max Planck Innovation: Well-Tried and New Tools
Oct 27, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Martin Schebeck

to be announced
Nov 3, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Mohamed Abou Donia

to be announced
Nov 7, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Richard Merrill

To be announced
Nov 10, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011
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