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

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
Nature is inventive - the same substance is produced differently by plants
The production of special plant defense compounds has evolved independently in distantly related plant families
Tracking down the formation of cardenolides in plants
Researchers identify the first enzymatic step in the biosynthesis of these plant steroids important in the medical treatment of heart disease

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Liu, J.; Lefevere, H.; Coussement, L.; Delaere, I.; Meyer, T. D.; Demeestere, K.; Höfte, M.; Gershenzon, J.; Ullah, C.; Gheysen, G.: The phenylalanine ammonia-lyase inhibitor AIP induces rice defence against the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne graminicola. Molecular Plant Pathology 25 (1), e13424 (2024)
Liu, Z.; Liao, C.; Zou, L.; Jin, M.; Shan, Y.; Quan, Y.; Yao, H.; Zhang, L.; Wang, P.; Liu, Z. et al.; Wang, N.; Li, A.; Liu, K.; Heckel, D. G.; Wu, K.; Xiao, Y.: Retrotransposon-mediated variation of a chitin synthase gene confers insect resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Vip3Aa toxin. (2024)
Li, Z.; Wang, Q.; Knebel, D.; Grabe, V.; Ulrich, Y.: Division of labour underlies efficient colony defence in a clonal ant. (2024)

News

During the 3rd International Conference on Insect Pest Management, Bill Hansson, director of the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, was awarded a honorary professorship at Nanjing Agricultural University.
On October 23, 2023, Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena, represented by its Vice President Prof. Dr. Christoph Steinbeck, awarded Martin Kaltenpoth the Honorary Professorship of Evolutionary Ecology in the university's auditorium.
The employee of the Human Resources Department was honored for her achievements during her vocational training.

Events and Seminars

Michael Wink

to be announced
Mar 14, 2024 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

Noah Whiteman

to be announced
Apr 15, 2024 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
Hybrid lecture (online via zoom & MPI-CE, A1.009 + A1.011)

IMPRS Symposium

Apr 17, 2024
Dornburg Castle
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