Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

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The main building of the institute, located on top of the Beutenberg.

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology is located on Beutenberg Campus[1] in Jena, Germany. It was founded in March 1996 and is one of 80 institutes of the Max Planck Society (Max Planck Gesellschaft).[2] Chemical ecology examines the role of chemical signals that mediate the interactions between plants, animals, and their environment, as well as the evolutionary and behavioral consequences of these interactions. The managing directors of the institute is David G. Heckel.

About 175 scientists, among them many PhD candidates and students, do their research in five departments and three research groups.

  • Department of Molecular Ecology (Ian T. Baldwin)
  • Department of Bioorganic Chemistry (Wilhelm Boland)
  • Department of Biochemistry (Jonathan Gershenzon)
  • Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology (Bill S. Hansson)
  • Department of Entomology (David G. Heckel)
  • Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis (Martin Kaltenpoth)
  • NMR/Biosynthesis Research Group (Bernd Schneider)
  • Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics Research Group (Aleš Svatoš)

Coordinates: 50°54′38″N 11°34′5″E / 50.91056°N 11.56806°E / 50.91056; 11.56806

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)[edit]

The International Max Planck Research School "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques"[3] is a graduate program jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Leibniz Institute für Natural Product Research and Infection Biology in Jena and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Gatersleben. The IMPRS spokespersons are Jonathan Gershenzon and Ralf Oelmüller. The IMPRS is part of the "Jena School for Microbial Communication",[4] which was founded in 2006 and consists of three graduate schools.

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