Projects offered in 2020

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Project 1: 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 2: Mycorrhizal communication: between plant response and fungal symbiosis

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. Katrin Krause, Institute for Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 3: 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 4: 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 Ecology

Project 5: 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
Ales Svatos, Research Group Mass Spectrometry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 6: Small bugs - global effects: Microbial communication with consequences for climate functioning

Prof. Dr. Georg Pohnert, Chair of Instrumental Analytics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Dr. Marine Vallet, Max Planck Fellow Group, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 7: The gut microbiota of the spruce bark beetle: Best friends of a tree killer?

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, Department of Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth, Department of Insect Symbiosis, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Project 8: The effect of climate-relevant temperature shifts on leaf microbiota colonization

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

Project 9: Evolution of the olfactory system in feeding versus non-feeding moths

Dr. Sonja Bisch-Knaden, Lepidopteran Neuroethology, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Nicole M. van Dam, Molecular Interaction Ecology, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig & Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Project 10: 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