Press Releases 2013

December 11, 2013
Toxic Substances in Banana Plants Kill Root Pests - Banana plants protect themselves from parasitic nematodes by increasing local concentrations of defensive substances in infected root tissues

December 5, 2013
Preference for Oranges Protects Fruit Flies from Parasites - One single odorant receptor controls choice of citrus fruits as egg-laying substrate in Drosophila

December 2, 2013
Division of Labor in the Test Tube - Bacteria grow faster if they feed each other

September 6, 2013  
Pioneer of Ecological Genetics - Max Planck Director from Jena Elected Member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

July 10, 2013
Optimizing Microbe Factories - Max Planck and Fraunhofer scientists team up to develop efficient biosynthetic processes for the production of pharmaceutical and industrial ingredients

June 10, 2013
Durch Molekularbiologie und Beobachtung in der freien Natur die Welt besser verstehen - Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zeichnet Meredith Schuman vom Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie, Jena, mit der begehrten Otto-Hahn-Medaille aus, die deutschlandweit für die besten Doktorarbeiten vergeben wird

June 3, 2013
Female moths use olfactory signals to choose the best egg-laying sites - Small changes in the composition of green leaf volatiles induced by herbivory guide ovipositing female moths to unattacked plants

May 17, 2013
Asian lady beetles use biological weapons against their European relatives − Invasive species from Eastern Asia uses microsporidia in order to out-compete native lady beetles

March 18, 2013
Transistor in the Fly Antenna - Insect odorant receptors regulate their own sensitivity

February 28, 2013
Metal Ions Regulate Terpenoid Metabolism in Insects - Controlled by metal ions a prenyl synthase in leaf beetle larvae produces the precursors for chemical defenses or juvenile hormones