Wilhelm Boland

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Wilhelm Boland (5 January 1950 in Wesel) is a German chemist.

Scientific career[edit]

After his dissertation (1978) and habilitation (1986) at the University of Cologne, Boland became Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at Karlsruhe University in 1987. He was appointed Full Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry at Bonn University in 1994. Since 1996 he is Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and head of the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry.[1] In 1998 he was appointed Honorary Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.

Boland studies the defensive chemistry of leaf beetles[2] and the induction of plant defense pathways. Microbial interactions with plants and insects are further research topics in his department. He developed new methods in analytical and synthetic chemistry and investigates enzyme mechanisms and the gut chemistry of insects.[3]

Awards and Honors[edit]

Selected Publications[edit]

  • Takabayashi, Junji; Arimura, Gen-Ichiro; Ozawa, Rika; Shimoda, Takeshi; Nishioka, Takaaki; Boland, Wilhelm (2000). "Herbivory-induced volatiles elicit defence genes in lima bean leaves". Nature 406 (6795): 512–5. doi:10.1038/35020072. PMID 10952311. 
  • Kuhn, J. (2004). "Selective transport systems mediate sequestration of plant glucosides in leaf beetles: A molecular basis for adaptation and evolution". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101 (38): 13808. doi:10.1073/pnas.0402576101. 
  • Heil, Martin; Greiner, Sabine; Meimberg, Harald; Krüger, Ralf; Noyer, Jean-Louis; Heubl, Günther; Eduard Linsenmair, K.; Boland, Wilhelm (2004). "Evolutionary change from induced to constitutive expression of an indirect plant resistance". Nature 430 (6996): 205–8. doi:10.1038/nature02703. PMID 15241414. 
  • Mithofer, A.; Wanner, G; Boland, W (2005). "Effects of Feeding Spodoptera littoralis on Lima Bean Leaves. II. Continuous Mechanical Wounding Resembling Insect Feeding is Sufficient to Elicit Herbivory-Related Volatile Emission". Plant Physiology 137 (3): 1160–8. doi:10.1104/pp.104.054460. PMC 1065415. PMID 15728342. .
  • Heil, M.; Rattke, J; Boland, W (2005). "Postsecretory Hydrolysis of Nectar Sucrose and Specialization in Ant/Plant Mutualism". Science 308 (5721): 560–3. doi:10.1126/science.1107536. PMID 15845855. 
  • Arimura, Gen-Ichiro; Kost, Christian; Boland, Wilhelm (2005). "Herbivore-induced, indirect plant defences". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids 1734 (2): 91. doi:10.1016/j.bbalip.2005.03.001. 
  • Walter, Agnes; Mazars, Christian; Maitrejean, Mathias; Hopke, Jörn; Ranjeva, Raoul; Boland, Wilhelm; Mithöfer, Axel (2007). "Structural Requirements of Jasmonates and Synthetic Analogues as Inducers of Ca2+ Signals in the Nucleus and the Cytosol of Plant Cells". Angewandte Chemie International Edition 46 (25): 4783. doi:10.1002/anie.200604989. 
  • Dabrowska, P.; Freitak, D.; Vogel, H.; Heckel, D. G.; Boland, W. (2009). "The phytohormone precursor OPDA is isomerized in the insect gut by a single, specific glutathione transferase". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (38): 16304. doi:10.1073/pnas.0906942106. 
  • Kirsch, R.; Vogel, H.; Muck, A.; Reichwald, K.; Pasteels, J. M.; Boland, W. (2011). "Host plant shifts affect a major defense enzyme in Chrysomela lapponica". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 (12): 4897. doi:10.1073/pnas.1013846108. 
  • Mithöfer, Axel; Boland, Wilhelm (2012). "Plant defense against herbivores: Chemical aspects". Annual Review of Plant Biology 63: 431–450. doi:10.1146/annurev-arplant-042110-103854. 
  • Strauß, A.; Peters, S.; Boland, W.; Burse, A. (2013). "ABC transporter functions as a pacemaker for the sequestration of plant glucosides in leaf beetles". eLife. 2013;2:e01096. doi:10.7554/eLife.01096. 
  • González-Teuber, M.; Kaltenpoth, M.; Boland, W. (2014). "Mutualistic ants as an indirect defence against leaf pathogens". New Phytologist 202 (2): 640–650. doi:10.1111/nph.12664. 
  • Pesek, J.; Svoboda, J.; Sattler, M.; Bartram, S.; Boland, W. (2015). "Biosynthesis of 8-hydroxyquinoline-2-carboxylic acid, an iron chelator from the gut of the lepidopteran Spodoptera littoralis". Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 13 (12): 178–184. doi:10.1039/c4ob01857e. 


  1. ^ MPI for Chemical Ecology Website
  2. ^ Host Change Alters Toxic Cocktail MPG News March 10, 2011
  3. ^ Insect gut microbe with a molecular iron reservoir MPG News Sept. 1, 2011
  4. ^ ISCE Webseite

External links[edit]

Webpage of the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology