Institute Symposium 2013

Date: September 11-12, 2013

Location: Studentenhaus (Mensa), Philosophenweg 20, 07743 Jena

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

09:00-09:10 Bill S. Hansson, Managing Director
Welcome and opening remarks
09:10-09:40 Ludwig Kronthaler, General Secretary of the Max Planck Society
"The Max Planck Society's position in tomorrow's science system"


Session 1: Olfaction and Surface Analyses (Chair: Katrin Groh)

09:40-10:00 Veit Grabe, BMBF Research Group Olfactory Coding
"The basic glomerulus typology in the olfactory system of Drosophila melanogaster"
10:00-10:20 Oksana Tuchina, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
"Olfactory pathway and odor processing in terrestrial hermit crab Coenobita"

Sonja Bisch-Knaden, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
"Domestication shaped the silkmoth’s olfactory system"

10:40-11:00Aleš Svatoš, Mass Spectrometry Research Group
"New technologies/methods for surface analysis"
11:00-11:30Coffee Break


Session 2: Communication and Chemical Defense (Chair: Emmanuel Gaquerel)

11:30-11:50 Stephan H. von Reuss, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry
"Deciphering the language of nematodes – Ascaroside signaling in intra- and
 interspecies communication"
11:50-12:10 Sandra Scholz, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry
"Calcium sensor CML37 – A player in herbivore induced plant defense"
12:10-12:30William Hidalgo, Biosynthesis/NMR Research Group
"Phenylphenalenones: The weapons of banana plants against its enemy
 Mycosphaerella fijiensis"
12:30-12:50Daniel Giddings Vassão, Department of Biochemistry
"Toxicity and detoxification of plant chemical defenses by insect herbivores"
12:50-14:00Lunch Break

Franziska Beran, Research Group Detoxification in Insects
"A novel glucosinolate-myrosinase system in Phyllotreta flea beetles"


Session 3: Enzymology and Biochemistry (Chair: Axel Mithöfer)

14:20-14:40 Louwrance Wright, Department of Biochemistry
"Regulation of the MEP pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana: Unexpected results
 and ecological implications"
14:40-15:00 Tobias Köllner, Department of Biochemistry
"The formation and function of nitrogen-containing compounds in poplar

Christelle Robert, Research Group Root-Herbivore Interactions
"Secondary metabolite hijacking by a specialist root herbivore"

15:20-15:40Sindy Frick, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry
"Metal ions control product specificity of isoprenyl diphosphate synthases in
 Phaedon cochleariae"
15:40-16:10Coffee Break

Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)


Thursday, September 12, 2013


Session 4: Evolution and Genomics (Chair: Tobias Engl)

09:00-09:20 Glen D’Souza, VW Research Group Experimental Ecology & Evolution
"Less is more: Selective advantages account for the loss of biosynthetic
genes in bacteria"
09:20-09:40 Roy Kirsch, Department of Entomology
"200 million years of adaptation: Evolutionary origin and specific activities of
plant cell wall degrading enzymes in phytophagous beetles"
09:40-10:00Taras Nechitaylo, Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis
"Genomics and physiology of the beewolf symbiont Streptomyces philanthi"
10:00-10:20Shuqing Xu, Department of Molecular Ecology
"Learning from Nicotiana attenuata genome: Molecular basis of herbivore
induced defenses"

Coffee Break

10:50-12:30Poster Session 2 (even numbers)
12:30-13:30Lunch Break


Session 5: Fitness and Behavior  (Chair: Verena Jeschke)

13:30-13:50 Heiko Vogel, Department of Entomology
"Diet mixing in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria"
13:50-14:10 Stefan Meldau, Department of Molecular Ecology
"Too big to fail: How plants regulate their defense economy"
14:10-14:30Alexander Haverkamp, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
"A bouquet for a hawkmoth: The influence of flower odor on the foraging
 behavior of Manduca sexta"
14:30-14:50Sang-Gyu Kim, Department of Molecular Ecology
"Circadian clock regulates floral rhythms with large fitness consequences"

Coffee Break

15:20-15:40 Bill S. Hansson
Laudatio for Ian T. Baldwin – newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
15:40-16:30 Ian T. Baldwin, Department of Molecular Ecology
"The past and future of Chemical Ecology and our Institute"
16:30-18:30Panel discussion with scientists of the Friedrich Schiller University about the role of Chemical Ecology and the MPI-CE in the future research landscape