Press Releases 2019

October 8, 2019
When laying their eggs, tobacco hawkmoths avoid plants that smell of caterpillar feces - An olfactory co-receptor allows moths to avoid intraspecific competition


August 02, 2019
Caterpillars of the peppered moth perceive color through their skin to match their body colour to the background -twig-imitating caterpillars change their color depending on the background and move to color-matching backgrounds


July 18, 2019
A dysfunctional odorant co-receptor renders hawkmoths incapable of foraging, but not ovipositing - CRISPR-Cas9 provides a new tool for a comprehensive analysis of moth olfaction for studying interactions between insects and plants


July 1, 2019
The chemical language of plants depends on context - Environmental conditions and the genetic makeup of individual plants influence the response of insects to the plant volatile organic compound linalool



July 1, 2019
Scientists alarmed by bark beetle boom - Researchers are urging to step up research into bark beetles – also in view of climate change.


June 11, 2019
Beewolves use a gas to preserve food - European beewolf eggs produce nitric oxide which prevents the larvae’s food from getting moldy


March 26, 2019
Duckweed: The low-down on a tiny plant - Low mutation rates contribute to low genetic diversity in duckweeds


March 14, 2019
Tasty or putrid? A repellent odor inhibits the perception of a pleasant odor in vinegar flies - Vinegar flies can process conflicting odors in the brain by reducing the perception of positive odors through obnoxious odors


March 12, 2019
No super-Drosophila: Vinegar fly species have a good vision or olfaction, but not both at the same time - Vinegar flies of the genus Drosophila have either developed a more sensitive odor perception at the cost of poor vision or vice versa.


January 25, 2019
Ingenious techniques in neighborhood dispute - Wild tobacco plants gain an advantage by the timely sending of hungry caterpillars to the competition