Press Releases 2017


November 16, 2017
Microbial resident enables beetles to feed on a leafy diet - Thistle tortoise beetles outsource the job of breaking down plant cell walls to a symbiotic bacterium


October 30, 2017
Food odor enhances male flies’ attractiveness - When female flies smell their favorite food, they become more receptive to courting males


August 16, 2017  
The irresistible fragrance of dying vinegar flies - Bacterial pathogens cause infected flies to produce more sex pheromones and so expand their deadly reach


August 10, 2017
Self-defense for plants - A clever strategy to protect plants against herbivores could be used as an attractive alternative to chemical pest control


July 24, 2017
Dodder: a parasite involved in the plant alarm system - Host plants communicate warning signals through a parasite network, when insects attack


June 12, 2017
Leading expert in insect olfaction research - Jena Max Planck Director Bill S. Hansson was elected to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina


May 19, 2017
Joint forces on carcasses: Cooperation of burying beetles and their microbiota


April 28, 2017
Symbiotic bacteria: from hitchhiker to beetle bodyguard
Bacterial symbionts transition between plant pathogenicity and insect defensive mutualism


April 20, 2017
Bergamotene   ̶   alluring and lethal for Manduca sexta
The volatile compound bergamotene increases the moths’ pollination success and protects tobacco leaves against their voracious offspring


February 8, 2017
“Corrective glass” for mass spectrometry imaging - The distribution of chemical substances on samples with non-flat surfaces can now be visualized


January 19, 2017
Bodyguards in the gut have a chemical weapon - Symbiotic bacteria produce antibiotics to clear harmful pathogens from the gut of caterpillars