Press Releases 2019

December 19, 2019
Predatory lacewings do not care whether their diamondback moth prey detoxifies plant defenses or not - Lacewing larvae are able to detoxify plant toxins too, but in a different manner as their prey: caterpillars of the diamondback moth

December 2, 2019   
Sweet potato uses a single odor to warn its neighbors of insect attack - Odor induces a defense response in sweet potatoes to herbivores and protects other plants against potential invaders.

October 30, 2019    
Parasite manipulates algal metabolism for its own benefit - Pathogenic fungi attack diatoms in the ocean and trigger the formation of new, beneficial substances in the algae.

October 8, 2019
When laying their eggs, tobacco hawkmoths avoid plants that smell of caterpillar feces - An olfactory co-receptor allows moths to avoid intraspecific competition

August 02, 2019
Caterpillars of the peppered moth perceive color through their skin to match their body colour to the background -twig-imitating caterpillars change their color depending on the background and move to color-matching backgrounds

July 18, 2019
A dysfunctional odorant co-receptor renders hawkmoths incapable of foraging, but not ovipositing - CRISPR-Cas9 provides a new tool for a comprehensive analysis of moth olfaction for studying interactions between insects and plants

July 1, 2019
The chemical language of plants depends on context - Environmental conditions and the genetic makeup of individual plants influence the response of insects to the plant volatile organic compound linalool

July 1, 2019
Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom - Researchers are urging to step up research into bark beetles – also in view of climate change.

June 11, 2019
Beewolves use a gas to preserve food - European beewolf eggs produce nitric oxide which prevents the larvae’s food from getting moldy

March 26, 2019
Duckweed: The low-down on a tiny plant - Low mutation rates contribute to low genetic diversity in duckweeds

March 14, 2019
Tasty or putrid? A repellent odor inhibits the perception of a pleasant odor in vinegar flies - Vinegar flies can process conflicting odors in the brain by reducing the perception of positive odors through obnoxious odors

March 12, 2019
No super-Drosophila: Vinegar fly species have a good vision or olfaction, but not both at the same time - Vinegar flies of the genus Drosophila have either developed a more sensitive odor perception at the cost of poor vision or vice versa.

January 25, 2019
Ingenious techniques in neighborhood dispute - Wild tobacco plants gain an advantage by the timely sending of hungry caterpillars to the competition