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

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

Good or bad? - Neurons in higher centers of the fly brain are crucial for the evaluation of odors
Neurons in the lateral horn of the brain of vinegar flies evaluate individual odors and mediate the resulting odor-guided behavior.

Current News and Announcements

Publications

Shin, N. R.; Doucet, D.; Pauchet, Y.: Duplication of horizontally acquired GH5_2 enzymes played a central role in the evolution of longhorned beetles. Molecular Biology and Evolution 39 (6), msac128 (2022)
Rowland, H. M.; Saccheri, I. J.; Skelhorn, J.: The peppered moth Biston betularia. Current Biology 32 (10), pp. R447 - R448 (2022)
Colinas Martinez, M. F.; Goossens, A.: Transient gene expression in Catharanthus roseus flower petals using agroinfiltration. In: Catharanthus roseus: Methods and Protocols, Vol. 2505, pp. 281 - 291 (Eds. Courdavault, V.; Besseau, S.). Humana Press, Totowa, New Jersey (2022)

News

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.
Yuko Ulrich is the first recipient of the new research award of the Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz. She convinced the jury with her research on the interaction between social organization and disease resistance in social insects.

Events and Seminars

Maaria Rosenkranz

Terpenes and other volatile cues - multiple functions for plants and fungi
Jul 14, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Room: Seminar room A1.009 and A1.011

Robbie Girling

to be announced
Sep 8, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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
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
Online

25 Years - Institute Symposium and Alumni Event

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