FLI_Additional 5 Million Euro Funding for Aging Research in Jena
The Leibniz Institute on Aging (FLI) in Jena, Germany, was approved 5 million EUR additional funding by the German Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK), which thus implemented a proposal by the Senate of the German Leibniz Association. The funding is to be used to build up a new research focus on “Microbiome and Aging” at the Institute. In parallel, a recruitment effort to fill an associated tenured W3-professorship has already been initiated.  more...
MPI-CE_Scientists identify specialized brain areas for feeding and egg-laying in hawkmoths
The search for food is linked to other areas in the olfactory center of female tobacco hawkmoths (Manduca sexta) than the search for plants to best lay eggs, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, found. The scientists used 80 environmental odors that are ecologically relevant for Manduca sexta and showed where these odors are processed in the moths’ brains. The study confirmed that activity in specific areas in the antennal lobe of the insects correlates with feeding behavior, whereas activity in other areas is related to egg-laying. (Cell Reports, doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.01.082, February 2018) more...
MPI-CE_Beewolves have been successfully using the same antibiotics for 68 million years
The discovery of penicillin about 90 years ago and the widespread introduction of antibiotics to combat infectious diseases have revolutionized human medicine. However, in recent decades, the increase in multidrug-resistant pathogens has confronted modern medicine with massive problems. Insects have their own antibiotics, which provide natural protection against germs. A team of scientists from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena have now found that beewolves, unlike humans, do not face the problem of antibiotic resistant pathogens. These insects team up with symbiotic bacteria which produce an antibiotic cocktail of up to 45 different substances within a single species to protect their offspring against mold fungi. The researchers not only discovered that the number of antibiotic substances is much higher than previously thought, they also proved that the cocktail has remained surprisingly stable since the symbiosis emerged, about 68 million years ago (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, February 2018). more...
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Board meeting of the Campus Association, Beutenberg Campus Jena e.V.
The next board meeting is planned for March, 2017 in the Abbe Center Building at the Beutenberg Campus.

Forsche Schüler Tag
Every year the Beutenberg Campus invites schoolchildren to a research day where they can get to know the scientists’ working world. The invitation is parallel to Girls’ Day.
With the 'Forsche Schüler' project, 'School Scientists' from the 8th year onwards can look behind the scenes of research and ‘try out’ science. Schoolchildren can choose from a multitude of offers in the physical and life sciences, exactly in keeping with the campus motto ‘Life Science meets Physics’. Beutenberg’s many institutes offer taster workshops allowing schoolchildren to do experiments and discover science for themselves.

Forsche Schüler
The next event in the "Noble Talks" series will be organised on December 01, 2016, 17:00 in the Abbe Center Building at the Beutenberg Campus. The speaker is Prof. Dr. Karsten Danzmann, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover/Potsdam.

Campus Map and Portrayal of Individual Institutes
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