Institute Symposium 2018

Date: November 28-29, 2018

Abbe Center Beutenberg, Hans-Knöll-Straße 1, 07745 Jena (Oral and Poster Sessions)



Wednesday, November 28, 2018


09:00-09:20 David G. Heckel, Managing Director
Opening remarks + review of the year 2017/18

Session 1 (Chair: Felix Feistel)

09:20-09:40Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry
It sucks to be an herbivore: Plant defenses against phloem-feeding insects
09:40-09:55Franziska Eberl, Department of Biochemistry
Small size, big effects: a fungal plant pathogen manipulates tree-insect interaction
09:55-10:10Jan Günther, Department of Biochemistry
The biosynthesis of 2-phenylethanol in Populus trichocarpa - lessons from specialized metabolism
10:10-10:25Christian Paetz, NMR/Biosynthesis Research  Group
Current projects and possibilities of the NMR group
10:25-10:55Coffee Break

Session 2 (Chair: Fabio Miazzi)

10:55-11:15Markus Knaden, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
How insects are driven by their noses
11:15-11:30Ian Keesey, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
Natural sources of alcohol provide pheromone pathway amplification in Drosophila via microbial assistance
11:30-11:45Jin Zhang, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
Fecal odors deter oviposition in Manduca sexta
11:45-12:00Zhi-Ling Yang, Research Group Sequestration and Detoxification in Insects
Multiple MFS transporters regulate the glucosinolate composition in the sequestering flea beetle Phyllotreta armoraciae
12:00-12:15Diana Mewes, Martin Niebergall and Angela Overmeyer
Introduction of MAX - the new intranet
12:15-13:15Lunch Break

Session 3 (Chair: Marine Vallet)

13:15-13:20Introduction Sarah O’Connor (Jonathan Gershenzon)
13:20-13.40Sarah O’Connor, John Innes Centre and new director at the MPI-CE
Natural Products from Plants
13:40-13:55Hannah Rowland, Max Planck Research Group Predators and Prey
Co-evolution of aposematic signals and receiver psychology
13:55-14:10Tim Baumeister, Max Planck Fellow Group Plankton Community Interaction
Metabolomics approaches to address microbial complexity in phytoplankton communities
14:10-14:25Aleš Svatoš and Riya Menezes, Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics Research Group
High-throughput metabolomics: Q-Exactive-HFX and GNPS
14:30-14:45Poster talks, session 1 (odd numbers) (12 speakers)
14:45-16:15 Poster session 1 (odd numbers) (in Abbe Center foyer)
14:45-16:15Coffee + cake available


Thursday, November 29, 2018


09:00-10:00Introduction of the speaker (Jonathan Gershenzon )
Henrik Hartmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie
Deutscher Vortrag: Waldsterben reloaded oder: Warum in die Ferne schweifen? Sieh, das Wichtige liegt so nah!

Session 4 (Chair: Corinna Krempl)

10:00-10:15Melanie Unbehend, Department of Entomology
The sexual attraction gene: the key to finding the perfect mate lies in the brain
10:15-10:30Roy Kirsch, Department of Entomology
Causes and consequences of an impaired pectin digestion in beetles
10:30-10:45Shantanu Shukla, Department of Entomology
Microbiome-mediated preservation as an adaptive strategy in carrion-feeding insects
10:45-11:15Coffee Break

Session 5 (Chair: Rayko Halitschke)

11:15-11:45 Ian Baldwin, Department of Molecular Ecology
What's in store for the last 8 years of the Department of Molecular Ecology?
11:45-12:00Dapeng Li, Department of Molecular Ecology
The information landscapes of secondary metabolites, defended fortresses or moving targets?
12:00-12:15Lucas Cortés, Department of Molecular Ecology
Studying a plant’s ecological interactions in the time domain
12:15-13:15Lunch Break
13:15-13:30Florencia Campetella, Research Group Olfactory Coding
Time to learn: changing the valence of an odor with experience
13:30-13:45Axel Mithöfer, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry
Plant insect interactions: From defense to carnivory
13:45-14:00Poster talks, session 2 (even numbers) (12 speakers)


Poster Session 2 (even numbers) in the Abbe Center foyer

14:00-15:30Coffee + cake available
15:30-15:45 Conclusions (David G. Heckel)


PDF of program - PDF of poster list