Press Releases 2014

December 16, 2014
How the brain can distinguish good from bad smells - Scientists identify the lateral horn in the brain of fruit flies as the processing center for behaviorally relevant odor information

December 9, 2014
Toxic fruits hold the key to reproductive success - A dopamine precursor in the toxic fruits of the morinda tree increases fertility in female Drosophila sechellia flies

December 1, 2014
The nutritionists within - Firebugs depend on gut bacteria for vitamin supply

November 12, 2014
Microbial colonization measures - Spodoptera larvae actively biosynthesize an iron chelator, thereby directly influencing their gut flora

September 25, 2014
Playing tag with sugars in the cornfield - Armyworms deactivate a maize chemical defense by reattaching a sugar in the opposite configuration

August 29, 2014
Ready for mating at the right time - Researchers identify a pheromone in the urine of male tilapia fish that stimulates spawning in females

June 6, 2014
Ameisenforscherin erhält die Otto-Hahn-Medaille - Cornelia Bühlmann wird für ihre Forschung zum Orientierungsverhalten von Wüstenameisen von der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet

May 8, 2014
Beetles that taste like mustard - Flea beetles outwit their host plant’s mustard oil bomb and use it for their own purposes

April 15, 2014
Faithful allies since the Cretaceous - Symbiosis between beewolves and their protective bacteria originated millions of years ago

March 27, 2014
The first insects were not yet able to smell well - Odorant receptors of recent insects evolved long after insects migrated from water to land.

March 16, 2014
Nectar: a sweet reward from plants to attract pollinators − Flowering plants need sugar transporter SWEET9 for nectar production

January 15, 2014
Ants Protect Acacia Plants Against Pathogens - Researchers discover an additional level of this insect-plant symbiosis

January 2, 2014
Toxic Breath Keeps Spiders Away - Tobacco hornworm larvae exhale a small fraction of nicotine from ingested tobacco leaves as a defense signal to deter predatory spiders