Short News Archive - 2005

November 30, 2005
Beutenberg Campus Jena is one of 365 "Landmarks in the Land of Ideas" 2006"

The Jena Beutenberg Campus with its eight scientific institutes and two start-up centers has been selected as one of 365  "landmarks in the land of ideas" by the initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" under the patronage of Federal President Horst Köhler.

Press Release Beutenberg Campus Jena ist "Ort der Ideen 2006"

November 21, 2005
Chemistry Prize 2005 of the Volkswagen Foundation awarded to Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert
Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert, until June 2005 leader of the project group "Dynamic Chemical Defense of Algae" in the Department of  Bioorganic Chemistry, was awarded the Chemistry Prize 2005 of the  Volkswagen Foundation on November 18, 2005.  On top of that Prof. Pohnert received a Lichtenberg Professorship at the University of Jena in Juli 2005. At present Prof. Pohnert is professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

November 10, 2005
Claudia Voelckel receives Beutenberg Campus Award
Former member of the Department of Molecular Ecology Claudia Voelckel will receive the Beutenberg Campus Award for her outstanding dissertation on "Herbivore-induced changes in the transcriptome of Nicotiana attenuata" on November 10, 2005. At present she holds a PostDoc position at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

November 8, 2005
IMPRS Presentation Prize awarded to Markus Hartl and Christian Kost 

The IMPRS had its 3rd biannual Symposium on November 4 -5. Framed by two external speakers, Prof. Stefan Schulz from the TU Braunschweig, and Prof. Marcel Dicke from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, the 41 students presented their projects. The IMPRS Faculty chose the best contributions. The evaluation was also based on questionaires the students had to fill. The prizes were awarded to Markus Hartl for his talk on “Indigestible diversity in plant defenses – unraveling the importance of protease inhibitors in Solanum nigrum” and Christian Kost for his poster on “Lima bean neighbourhood watch”. They won a 1000 EUR traveling fund to a scientific conference of their choice. Congratulations!

June 24, 2005
Rayko Halitschke receives Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society

For his thesis on "Mechanisms of jasmonate-induced activation of defense responses in Nicotiana attenuata"  Rayko Halitschke received the Otto Hahn Medal 2004 in Rostock on June 23, 2005.  Since 1978 the Max Planck Society honours young scientists for outstanding scientific performance.

May 31, 2005
Jugend forscht 2005
Anne-Kathrin Schmidt and Danny Kupka (both 18) from the Staatliches Gymnasium Kölleda reached the Federal Competition as Thuringian Winners in Biology.
Their Topic: Toxic Spittle - Eat and to be Eaten - Spitting as a Defense Mechanism in Larvae of the Tobacco Moth Manduca sexta

April 7, 2005
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Boland receives Hans Herloff Inhoffen Medal
In a joint event of the German Research Centre for Biotechnology (GBF) and the Technical University Braunschweig on April 6, 2005,  Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Boland was awarded the Hans Herloff Inhoffen Medal. This prize is donated by the friends of the GBF and is awarded yearly to outstanding performance in chemistry or life sciences.
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March 22, 2005
Master of Self-Healing -   Green algae close wounds by enzymatic activation of a protein cross linking agent

Dr. Georg Pohnert and his team at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena shed light on the mystery, how Caulerpa taxifolia can close wounds immediately by enzymatic transformation of a stored terpene into a very efficient cross linking reagent.

January 20, 2005
Scientists find common roots for thousands of plant compounds

Jena and West Lafayette, USA. - Just one cellular pathway produces the raw ingredients plants use to make thousands of compounds, from molecules with anticancer properties to the active ingredient in catnip, according to a team of researchers at Purdue University and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.
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January 11, 2005
Thuringian Research Prize 2004 awarded by Minister of Education Göbel
In the area of Basic Research the Thuringian Research Prize is awarded to Prof. Dr. Jörn Piel, University of  Bonn (until November 2004 researcher at the  Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena), for his research on "Bacterial Symbionts as active agents isolated from animals". The awards ceremony will take place on February 3, 2005, at the Fachhochschule Schmalkalden.