Press Releases 2021

July 6, 2021
The evolution of vinegar flies is based on the variation of male sex pheromones
Max Planck researchers decipher the chemical language underlying mating in 99 species of the genus Drosophila

June 21, 2021
Franziska Eberl erhält die begehrte Otto-Hahn-Medaille
Die junge Max-Planck-Forscherin untersuchte, wie sich Pappeln gegen zwei Angreifer gleichzeitig wehren: gefräßige Raupen und pathogene Pilze.

May 17, 2021
Highest honor of the German government for Bill Hansson
The director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology is awarded the Cross of Merit 1st class of the Federal Republic of Germany for his services to the internationalization of research in Germany and in Jena.

May 14, 2021
How moths find their “flame” – Genetic basis of mate attraction discovered
An international team of biologists has discovered the gene controlling the mating preference of male European corn borer moths for the female sex pheromone.

May 11, 2021
Horseradish flea beetle: Protected with the weapons of its food plant
Researchers elucidate how the insect regulates the accumulation of plant toxins via special transporters.

May 11, 2021
A beetle’s Achilles heel: Glyphosate inhibits symbiotic bacteria in the saw-toothed grain beetle
Susceptibility of their microbial partners to the herbicide may be an underestimated weak spot of insects that could add to their decline.

April 19, 2021
Defensive symbiosis leads to gene loss in bacterial partners - The genome of symbiotic bacteria of beewolves is in the process of being reduced to their important protective function: the production of antibiotics.

March 9, 2021
Chemical signal in plants reduces growth processes in favor of defense - Beta-cyclocitral produced by plants after herbivore attack increases defense responses while inhibiting the production of metabolites for growth

February 16, 2021
Climate change likely drove the extinction of North America’s largest animals - New research suggests that overhunting by humans was not responsible for the extinction of mammoths, ground sloths, and other North American megafauna. 

January 14, 2021
How plants produce defensive toxins without harming themselves - Defense and autotoxicity: Researchers elucidate the biosynthesis and mode of action of diterpene glycosides in wild tobacco