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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...


30.01.2018

FLI_Cancer or degenerative deseases? One out of the two is likely to be our cause of death when we get older

Above the age of 50, the most likely causes of death are cancer and degenerative diseases such as heart failure, dementia or diabetes. Since life expectancy has been considerably growing over the last...


23.01.2018

MPI-BGC_New formulas for exploring the age structure of non-linear dynamical systems

Mathematical models about how mass moves in natural systems are used in various scientific fields such as to understand the global carbon and water cycles, or predicting the spread of contaminants or...


08.01.2018

MPI-BGC_Max-Planck Fellowship for Professor Christian Wirth at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry extended

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) has approved the renowned Max Planck fellow programme for Leipzig-based biologist Professor Christian Wirth and extended it for a further...


19.12.2017

MPI-BGC_From Alaska to Amazonia: First global maps of plant traits that drive vegetation growth

Detailed global maps of key traits of higher plants have been compiled for the first time, thanks to researchers from the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for...


28.11.2017

MPI-CE_Maize pest exploits plant defense compounds to protect itself

A new study explains why biological control of the western corn rootworm has not been efficient

The western corn rootworm continues to be on the rise in Europe. Why attempts to biologically target this...


23.11.2017

MPI-CE_Desert ants cannot be fooled

These master navigators are able to assess the reliability of landmarks as they search for the way home

Cataglyphis fortis desert ants can learn visual or olfactory cues to pinpoint their nest, but...


20.11.2017

MPI-CE_Microbial resident enables beetles to feed on a leafy diet

Thistle tortoise beetles outsource the job of breaking down plant cell walls to a symbiotic bacterium

An international team including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology has...


08.08.2017

MPI-BGC_Scientists take step towards more accurate predictions of tree drought mortality

As the number of hot droughts increases worldwide, scientists try to solve the difficulty of making consistent predictions about what will happen to plants and vegetation in the future. This is of...


27.01.2017

MPI-BGC_Older and more diverse forests are more stable in taking up carbon dioxide

Plants take up carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Part of it is later released again by respiration. Overall, forests tend to take up more CO2 than they release. However,...


20.01.2017

MPI-CE_Bodyguards in the gut have a chemical weapon

Symbiotic bacteria produce antibiotics to clear harmful pathogens from the gut of caterpillars

Beneficial bacteria in the gut of moth larvae produce an antimicrobial agent that kills competing bacteria...


18.01.2017

MPI-BGC_Water as the underlying driver of the Earth’s carbon cycle

Currently terrestrial ecosystems absorb about one quarter of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. However, how this land carbon sink will develop in the future is uncertain...


19.12.2016

MPI-BGC_Observing atmospheric methane - 12 years of analysis

An international consortium of multi-disciplinary scientists has compiled a synthesis of the global methane budget, documenting and analyzing its enigmatic changes since the year 2000. Unlike carbon...


01.12.2016

MPI-BGC_Vegetation and climate researcher receives Beutenberg Campus award

Matthias Forkel, former doctoral student at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, is this year’s winner of the Beutenberg Campus science award in the category „outstanding dissertation”. He will...


16.11.2016

FLI_1,60 million euro for aging researcher in Jena - Francesco Neri is awarded Sofia Kovalevskaja Award

In acknowledgement of his research, junior researcher Francesco Neri from Jena, Germany, was awarded the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award on November 15, 2016, in Berlin. The prize, which is granted by the...


15.11.2016

MPI-BGC_Record growth in atmospheric CO2, in spite of stable anthropogenic emissions, due to weaker sinks

In spite of almost no growth in emissions, the growth in atmospheric CO2 concentration was at a record-high in 2015 and could be a record high again in 2016, at 23 and 25 Gt CO2 per year,...


15.11.2016

MPI-BGC_Large-scale wind energy slows down winds and reduces turbine efficiencies

Wind energy has been remarkably successful in providing an increasing share of cheap renewable energy. But can this trend continue to supply more and more renewable energy for decades to come? A new...


14.11.2016

MPI-CE_Plants modulate accumulation of metabolites at organ level

Scientists develop computational metabolomic approach to measure metabolic diversity in different plant tissues.
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena and the University...


07.11.2016

MPI-CE_Dependency can be an evolutionary advantage

Bacteria which are adapted to their environment and depend on others grow better.
It is generally assumed that it is a good strategy for any kind of organism to be as independent from others as...


03.11.2016

MPI-CE_Plant roots in the dark see light

Light transmitted from the shoot to the roots activates photoreceptors in the roots and triggers light-dependent growth responses in plants.
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical...