Press Releases 2018

December 5, 2018
Cereals use chemical defenses in a multifunctional manner against different herbivores - Plants rely on their toxins not only to fend off caterpillars but also to regulate defense mechanisms against aphids.

October 16, 2018
Sex or food?  Decision-making in single-cell organisms - Diatoms show complex behavior: They can select between the search for sex partners or nutrient sources.

October 15, 2018
How beetle larvae thrive on carrion - Burying beetles rely on their gut symbionts in order to transform decaying carcasses into nutritious nurseries for their young

September 21, 2018
Desert ants have an amazing odor memory  - The insects can learn many food odors and remember them all their lives

August 28, 2018
Leaf molecules as markers for mycorrhizal associations - Metabolites in above-ground parts of a plant reveal a plant’s successful mutualism with mycorrhizal fungi

August 16, 2018
How an herbivore hijacks a nutrient uptake strategy of its host plant - The struggle for iron determines the fate of maize and its most damaging insect pest, the Western corn rootworm.

July 17, 2018
Sap-sucking bugs manipulate their host plants’ metabolism for their own benefit - Tupiocoris notatus bugs copy plant hormones, inject them into tobacco leaves and may thus increase nutrient content

April 17, 2018
The microbiome of a native plant is much more resilient than expected - Their diversity and adaptability protect plant bacterial communities against antimicrobial substances 

April 9, 2018
Why some beetles like alcohol - Alcohol used as a "weed killer" optimizes the harvest of ambrosia beetles

February 27, 2018
Scientists identify specialized brain areas for feeding and egg-laying in hawkmoths - Activity in specific areas in the olfactory center of female Manduca sexta correlates directly with different behaviors

February 13, 2018
Beewolves have been successfully using the same antibiotics for 68 million years - The antibiotic cocktail produced by symbiotic bacteria changed very little in the course of evolution and its antipathogenic effect remained unaltered