Former Research Groups

Emeritus group Bioorganic Chemistry

Scientists in the group the production of defensive secretions of leaf beetles to gain information on the biosynthesis, regulation and evolution of these defensive strategies.
Head: Prof. (em) Dr. Wilhelm Boland

Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis

The independent Max Planck Research Group is studying the evolutionary and chemical ecology of symbioses between insects and actinomycete bacteria.Group leader: Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth

VW Research Group Experimental Ecology and Evolution

Research of the group funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (VW) focuses on the ecology and evolution of individuals that interact on different levels of selection. Main emphasis lies on the conflicts of interest that arise from these interactions as well as potential routes to resolve them. Group leader: Dr. Christian Kost
Current Affiliation: Osnabrück University, Institute of Ecology

Research Group Shoot-Root Communication

The overarching question of the root research group is how plants use their roots in defense against herbivores.Group leader: Dr. Matthias Erb
Current Affiliation: University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

DFG Emmy Noether Research Group Microbial Chemical Ecology

We aim to understand the chemical basis of interactions between microorganisms, and between microorganisms and other organisms. Group leader: Dr. Dieter Spiteller
Current Affiliation: University of Konstanz, Chemical Ecology

DFG Emmy Noether Research Group Ecological aspects of induced plant defence to pathogens and herbivores

We use wild species to study in their natural habitat how induced immunity to different natural enemies affects the interactions of the plant with mutualists and natural enemies from different phyla. Group leader: Dr. Martin Heil
Current Affiliation: Plant Ecology Laboratory, Department of Genetic Engineering, CINVESTAV, Mexico