Projects offered in 2017

 

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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: Mycorrhizal roots and flowers – does a common signaling system lead to phenotype associations among AMF and pollination preferences in a native tobacco?

Prof. Dr. Ian Baldwin, Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, Institute for Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 3: 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 4: Multiple chemical compounds from Mortierella hyalina, a root-colonizing fungus, promote plant performance

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

Project 5: Opposing the mustard-oil bomb with a glutathione bomb

Dr. Franziska Beran, Research Group Detoxification and Sequestration in Insects, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. David Heckel, Department of Entomology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 6: The role of plant defense mechanisms for maintaining the diversity of host races in the pea aphid

Dr. Grit Kunert, Research Group Plant-Aphid Interactions, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Axel Mithöfer, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Ralf Oelmüller, Department of Plant Physiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Dr. Alexandra Furch, Research Group Plant Vascular Biology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 7: Evolution in an invasive species: How does sexual communication evolve in a recently invaded moth species?

Prof. Dr. David Heckel, Department of Entomology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Astrid Groot, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Project 8: Thriving in waste: The role of microbiota in black soldier fly adaptation to a highly variable environment

Dr. Heiko Vogel, Project Group Host Plant Adaptation, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Shantanu Shukla, Project Group Host Plant Adaptation, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. David Heckel, Department of Entomology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 9: Molecular profiling Drosophila olfactory sensory neurons

Prof. Dr. Bill Hansson, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Sofia Lavista-Llanos, Project Group Drosophila Neurogenetics, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 10: Specificity, phylogeny and fitness contributions of phytoplasma effector proteins

Prof. Dr. Günter Theißen, Department of Genetics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Axel Mithöfer, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 11: Desert ant navigation based on olfactory cues

Dr. Markus Knaden, Project Group Insect Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Silke Sachse, Research Group Olfactory Coding, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 12: How bright and how nasty: The economics of variable aposematic traits

Dr. Hannah Rowland, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Jon Blount, University of Exeter, UK

Project 13: Communication: Fungal metabolites as response to organismic interaction

Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, Institute for Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Boland, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Katrin Krause, Institute for Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 14: Mustard oils and fruit flies: Explaining the toxic effects of isothiocyanates on a model insect

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Daniel Giddings Vassão, Project Group Detoxification and Mode of Action, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Markus Knaden, Project Group Insect Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Sofia Lavista-Llanos, Project Group Drosophila Neurogenetics, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 15: Identification and functional role of male pheromones in Manduca

Dr. Sonja Bisch-Knaden, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Aleš Svatoš, Research Group Mass Spectrometry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 16: The role of olfactory receptors in Manduca behaviour

Dr. Ewald Grosse Wilde, Project Group Olfactory Genes, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
PD Dieter Wicher, Project Group Reception and Transduction, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology