Press Releases 2018

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