Press Releases 2015

December 17, 2015
Their enemy’s sex pheromone helps flies protect their offspring - Female Drosophila flies avoid oviposition sites that smell of parasitic wasps. This increases the survival rate of their larvae.

December 8, 2015
Cooperating bacteria isolate cheaters - Bacteria, which reciprocally exchange amino acids, stabilize their partnership on two-dimensional surfaces and limit the access of non-cooperating bacteria to the exchanged nutrients

October 22, 2015
Reducing the sweetness to survive - Manduca sexta caterpillars' developed a surprising detoxification mechanism against their host plant’s sweet toxin

October 15, 2015
A sex pheromone assembly line in Manduca sexta - A single amino acid change in a female moth enzyme is responsible for the production of new sex pheromones

October 7, 2015
Edible love gifts may influence female behavior - Male crickets offer nuptial gifts to their mating partners which may alter the females’ reproductive physiology and make them less likely to mate with other males

September 30, 2015
Die chemische Ökologie von Plankton: Wie individuell sind die Einzeller im Meer und wie beeinflussen sie sich gegenseitig? - Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert von der Universität Jena neuer Max Planck Fellow am Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie

August 25, 2015
A community of soil bacteria saves plants from root rot - Without a protective mix of root bacteria, wild tobacco plants lose the fight against sudden wilt disease

August 18, 2015
Linking molecules to microbes - Researchers visualize antibiotic substances and their bacterial producers simultaneously

July 9, 2015
Deceptive flowers - How flowers use scent and nectar to manipulate pollinators and herbivores

June 24, 2015
The secret weapons of cabbages: Overcome by butterfly coevolution - Researchers reveal the mechanisms of the arms-race between butterflies and plants

June 17, 2015
Two Otto Hahn Medals go to Jena - Jakob Zscheischler from the MPI for Biogeochemistry and Hany Dweck from the MPI for Chemical Ecology receive the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society

June 10, 2015
Microbe-mediated adaptation to a novel diet - Symbiotic bacteria enabled bugs to feed on plant seeds and promoted species diversity

June 4, 2015
Feeding caterpillars make leaves shine - Scientists visualize calcium signals in plants which are elicited by wounding and ultimately regulate defense responses against herbivores

May 20, 2015
One simple molecule regulates sexual behavior in Drosophila - Scientists identify methyl laurate as Drosophila melanogaster sex pheromone

May 7, 2015
Seltene blaue Blütenpracht - Blauglockenbaum blüht am Jenaer Beutenberg vor dem Max-Planck- Institut für chemische Ökologie

April 15, 2015
Diversity in a monoculture - Functional differences within a species ensure its survival and improve the productivity of the whole ecosystem

March 18, 2015
Leaf odor attracts Drosophila suzukii - Beta-cyclocitral is highly attractive to fruit crop pest

March 9, 2015
Antibiotika aus „Schutzsymbiosen“ zwischen Insekten und Bakterien - Thüringer Forschungspreis 2014 für Grundlagenforschung an Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth verliehen

February 27, 2015
Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA interference - RNA interference protects potato plants against herbivore attack

February 23, 2015
Bacteria network for food - Bacteria connect to each other and exchange nutrients

January 27, 2015
Things smell good for a reason - Fruit flies use olfactory cues to detect healthy antioxidants in their food