Projects offered in 2021

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Project 1: Monitoring the rhizosphere via the integrity of the cell wall

Prof. Dr. Ralf Oelmüller, Plant Physiology, Matthias Schleiden Institute, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Priv. Doz. Dr. Axel Mithöfer, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 2: The contribution of microbiome communities in the gut of the mealybug Pseudococcus jackbeardsleyi to the detoxification of cocaine and other tropane alkaloids

Dr. John D'Auria, Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 3: The effect of climate-relevant temperature shifts on leaf microbiota colonization

Dr. Matt Agler, Plant Microbiosis, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 4: Metabolic host-symbiont integration in a cuticle supplementing symbiosis

Dr. Tobias Engl, Department of Insect Symbiosis, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth, Department of Insect Symbiosis, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 5: Localization and logistics of alkaloids biosynthesis in medicinal plants using single cell metabolomics and transcriptomics

Prof. Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Department of Natural Product Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Lorenzo Caputi, Department of Natural Product Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology