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.

Photo: Anna Schroll
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
We support the Initiative “Weltoffenes Thüringen”.

We support the Initiative “Weltoffenes Thüringen”.

We are committed to ensuring that people from different backgrounds live and work together in a respectful manner.
Training and international collaborations are key features of our work.

Training and international collaborations are key features of our work.

Photo: Anna Schroll
We believe diversity and inclusion leads to the best science.

We believe diversity and inclusion leads to the best science.

Photo: Jürgen Scheere

Research News

Oxidant pollutant ozone removes mating barriers between fly species
Elevated ozone levels increase the occurrence of mostly sterile hybrids between different species of the genus Drosophila
New habitats affect plant defense
Populations of ribwort plantain outside their original range are just as well defended as native populations, and in some cases even better
Silkmoths: Different olfactory worlds of females and males
Female moths primarily use their sense of smell to find the best host plants on which to lay their eggs, with the deterrent effect of caterpillar feces playing an important role

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Okamura, Y.; Vogel, H.: De novo genome assembly and annotation of Leptosia nina provide new insights in the evolutionary dynamics of genes involved in host-plant adaptation of Pierinae butterflies. Genome Biology and Evolution (accepted)
Ossetek, K.; Müller, A. T.; Mithöfer, A.: Robotic mechanical wounding is sufficient to induce phenylacetaldoxime accumulation in Tococa quadrialata. Plant Signaling & Behavior (accepted)
Rupp, T.; Oelschlägel, B.; Berjano, R.; Mahfoud, H.; Buono, D.; Wenke, T.; Rabitsch, K.; Bächli, G.; Stanojlovic, V.; Cabrele, C. et al.; Xiong, W.; Knaden, M.; Dahl, A.; Neinhuis, C.; Wanke, S.; Dötterl, S.: Chemical imitation of yeast fermentation by the drosophilid-pollinated deceptive trap-flower Aristolochia baetica (Aristolochiaceae). Phytochemistry (accepted)

News

After the IMPRS symposium on April 17-18, 2024, Marion Lemoine, Ronja Krüsemer, Johannes Körnig and Iulia Barutia received the presentation awards for the best talks and posters.
Wir laden am 25. April 2024 wieder alle interessierten Schülerinnen und Schüler ab der 8. Klasse ein, am Forsche Schüler Tag einen Blick in unsere Forschungslabore zu werfen und selbst Wissenschaft „auszuprobieren“.
The 2024 call for applications of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) "Chemical Communication in Ecological Systems" in Jena, Germany, will is online from March 4 until April 19, 2024.

Events and Seminars

Christoph Steinbeck

Cheminformatics for the structure elucidation of natural products
May 30, 2024 09:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Miroslav Kolařík

Secondary metabolites of fungi - a key tool for understanding fungal ecology
Jun 4, 2024 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Ricarda Winkelmann

to be announced
Jun 6, 2024 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Andrew Moeller

The evolution of the hominid gut microbiota
Jun 14, 2024 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Natalia Dudareva

Volatile emission and perception: crossing the same barriers but in the opposite direction
Jul 2, 2024 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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