Press Releases 2021

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‚Äôs 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