Projects offered in 2019

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Project 1: Surfing the surface: Hydrophobins on fungal hyphae

Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, Institute for Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Aleš Svatoš, Research Group Mass Spectrometry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 2: Towards GC-MS: Adapting SIRIUS and CSI:FingerID for electron ionization fragmentation

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Böcker, Chair of Bioinformatics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert, Chair of Instrumental Analytics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Dr. Aleš Svatoš, Research Group Mass Spectrometry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 3: Molecular basis of balanced color polymorphisms in grasshoppers

Prof. Dr. Holger Schielzeth, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 4: Communication in plant communities via a hyphal network connecting the roots of neighboring plants

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 5: Tapping into signaling interactions between nematodes and aphids

Prof. Dr. Nicole M. van Dam, Molecular Interaction Ecology, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig & Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Dr Grit Kunert, Chemical Communication in Plant-Aphid Interactions, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 6: Convergent evolution of metabolic pathways: The biosynthesis of benzoxazinoids in dicotyledonous plants

Prof. Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Department of Natural Product Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Tobias Köllner
, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecolog

Project 7: The role of the transcription factor FLC in growth habit, fruit dimorphism and plant defense of Aethionema arabicum

Prof. Dr. Günter Theißen, Genetics, Matthias Schleiden Institute, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon
, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Ralf Oelmüller, Plant Physiology, Matthias Schleiden Institute, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 8: Chemical defense strategies of plants and evasion strategies of feeding insects – A systems biology approach

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schuster, Bioinformatics, Matthias Schleiden Institute, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 9: Detoxification of diterpene resin acids by the pine weevil (Hylobius abietis)

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, Institute for Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Dr. Axel Schmidt, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 10: Bimodal navigation in desert ants: The role of vision and olfaction

Dr. Markus Knaden, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Hannah Rowland
, Research Group Predators and Prey, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 11: Tiny beetle with a chemical weapon: Do flea beetles use mustard oils against predators and pathogens?

Dr. Franziska Beran, Research Group Sequestration and Detoxification in Insects, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Jonathan Gershenzon
, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 12: A bird’s eye view of warning signals

Dr. Hannah Rowland, Research Group Predators and Prey, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Uwe Mayer, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento