Dr. Franziska Eberl

   Department of Natural Product Biosynthesis
 Phone:+49 (0)3641 57 1337Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
 Fax:-Hans-Knöll-Straße 8
  emailD-07745 Jena

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Forests are complex ecosystems, which are characterized by an enormous diversity of plant, microbial and animal species and their interactions. Many of these interactions are not beneficial for one of the interaction partners, considering for example pathogen infection and herbivore feeding. Especially trees with their large seize and long life span are under continuous attack, and commonly different attackers occur at the same time on the same tree.

Studies that were focusing on plant defenses mostly considered single attack scenarios. My aim is therefore to elucidate not only changes caused by one attacker, but also how combined attacks influence the host tree. As a model system I use black poplar trees (Populus nigra), the biotrophic poplar leaf rust fungus (Melampsora larici-populina) and herbivorous insects, mainly the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar). I study how each of these antagonists influences the chemistry and physiology in the host, as well as the effects on co-occurring antagonists.
last updated on 2020-02-24