April 20, 2017

Bergamotene   ̶   alluring and lethal for Manduca sexta

The volatile compound bergamotene increases the moths’ pollination success and protects tobacco leaves against their voracious offspring (Current Biology, April 2017) more »


April 3, 2017

Herbivore-induced early defense signaling and its evolution in Nicotiana


Phylogenomic analysis of the genes involved in herbivore induced transcriptomic responses in Nicotiana showed that genome multiplication likely played an important role in shaping the evolution of early defense signaling in plants (Yearbook 2017 of the Max Planck Society)  more »


February 16, 2017

The biosynthesis of terpene pheromones in leaf beetles

A novel family of terpene synthases in Phyllotreta flea beetles is responsible for the formation of the aggregation pheromone of the pest species (Yearbook 2017 of the Max Planck Society)  more »


February 8, 2017

“Corrective glass” for mass spectrometry imaging 

The distribution of chemical substances on samples with non-flat surfaces can now be visualized (RSC Advances, January 2017) more »