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17.01.2024

Silkmoths: Different olfactory worlds of females and males

A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, together with colleagues from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, has studied olfaction in female…


29.11.2023

Minerals and land use determine carbon storage in soils

Carbon sequestration in soils can contribute to mitigate climate change, and soil organic matter associated with minerals has the highest capacity to store carbon. A team of researchers, including…


25.10.2023

Customized layers: Jena researchers develop new method for manufacturing tailor-made semiconductor thin films

Organic semiconductor materials are promising key technologies for the development of state-of-the-art optoelectronic components and are used in photovoltaics as well as in sensor technology and…


12.10.2023

Jena biophotonics expert Jürgen Popp honored for pioneering research

The winner of this year’s prestigious Charles Mann Award of the American Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) is Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp, one of the world’s leading…


12.10.2023

Nature is inventive - the same substance is produced differently by plants

Individual species of very different plant families produce special indole-derived defense compounds called benzoxazinoids. However, the biosynthetic pathway of these compounds was so far only known…


18.09.2023

Illuminated: Researchers investigate new physical phenomena on the nanoscale with microstructured fibers



Researchers at Leibniz IPHT have succeeded in contributing to significant advances in deciphering tiny nanoobjects: Using special optical fibers, they identified a new optical mode that enables…


28.08.2023

Division of labor affects the risk of infection

In a new study in Nature Communications, an international research team including scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology reports that, given the same genetic makeup, individual…


23.08.2023

It all depends on the genetic diversity

In a recent study in PNAS, a team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, shows that a single mutation that has immediate effects on plant fitness is…


03.08.2023

Shaping the world with light and women´s power: Leibniz IPHT offers career workshop in Jena

In order to encourage young female scientists to decide for a career in the photonics sector and to better connect them, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) is organizing the…


26.07.2023

On the right track - Novel treatment approach for soft tissue tumors

Researchers from the Leibniz Institute on Aging in Jena and the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg have discovered a novel treatment approach for soft tissue tumors, which are…


26.07.2023

Beewolf symbiosis: Protective shield for allies

The digger wasps protect their symbionts from toxic nitric oxide released by their eggs to kill pathogens

In a new study researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena and the…


12.07.2023

Land surface temperatures follow simple physics, likely because of the complexity of the processes involved

Radiation largely shapes variations of temperatures across continents, but evaporation and turbulent heat transfer also play their part. These are inherently complex processes. Following a new…


05.07.2023

Functional surface refinement: Targeted control of growth dynamics of finest tin layers

Nanometer-scale coatings with functional materials play an important role in many sensory, electronic and photonic applications. An international team of researchers – coordinated by Leibniz IPHT in…


31.05.2023

Desert ants increase the visibility of their nest entrances in the absence of landmarks

If other visual cues are missing, ants build higher nest hills to facilitate homing of foraging nest mates.


05.04.2023

Hugo Geiger Award to Robert Klas

Large-scale facilities shrink to the size of a laboratory desk, and with the help of EUV light, the needle in the haystack or the Euro on the soccer field can finally be found.

 

Perseverance and…


22.02.2023

Symbiotische Pilze verwandeln Terpene aus dem Fichtenharz in Lockstoffe für den Borkenkäfer

Die Pilzpartner setzen beim Abbau von Fichtenrinde flüchtige Verbindungen frei, die der Schädling durch spezialisierte Geruchssinneszellen wahrnimmt ...


22.02.2023

„In die Forschung zu lebensbedrohlichen Pilzinfektionen wird zu wenig Geld investiert“

Die WHO hat Ende 2022 zum ersten Mal eine Liste der wichtigsten Pilzpathogene veröffentlicht und damit die hohe Bedeutung der Forschung und Entwicklung zum Thema Pilzinfektionen hervorgehoben. Im…


19.01.2023

The dark cost of being toxic - Sequestration of plant toxins by monarch butterflies leads to reduced warning signal conspicuousness

An international research team including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena has discovered that the striking orange and black wings of monarch butterflies not only…


30.08.2022

Welcome to the nucleus the new canteen of the Leibniz-HKI

The nucleus - the new canteen of the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute - is located in the HKI Biotech Center. The nucleus is open to…


17.10.2018

Sex or food? Decision-making in single-cell organisms

Diatoms show complex behavior: They can select between the search for sex partners or nutrient sources.


01.10.2018

Desert ants have an amazing odor memory

The insects can learn many food odors and remember them all their lives

 

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology used behavioral experiments to show that desert ants are able to…


04.06.2018

Europe-wide research flights focus on greenhouse gas methane

The CoMET research mission measures the two most important greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) in the atmosphere. The specially equipped aircraft will examine the airspace from…


21.04.2018

Fraunhofer IOF_ILA 2018: Direct bonding of diffraction gratings and prisms for earth observation

Experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena are able for the first time to connect compact prism grid systems by direct bonding permanently and…


10.03.2018

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…


09.03.2018

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…