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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. more

European Smell and Taste Conference kicks off in Berlin

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

Case solved: the biosynthesis of strychnine elucidated

Researchers from Jena show how the poison nut tree forms strychnine more

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. more

Rejected twice as a doctoral researcher, now honored for best dissertation

Mohammed Khallaf receives the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. more

Antagonistic interactions of plant defense compounds

Tobacco hornworms neutralize different defense mechanisms of tobacco plants after ingestion more

Tobacco hawkmoths always find the right odor

The moths can distinguish crucial from irrelevant odors in a complex odorous mixture to locate food sources and host plants for laying their eggs. more

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. more

25 years of Max Planck research celebrated twice

The Max Planck Institutes for Biogeochemistry and Chemical Ecology in Jena celebrate their 25th anniversary with a joint ceremony. more

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