Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv)

Sandra Boswinkel: Geographical location influences insect performance

EcoMeteor and MIE welcome Sandra Boswinkel

Sandra Boswinkel is a Bachelor Student from Radboud Unversity in Nijmwegen. In the course of her bachelor thesis she´s investigating the effects of geographical location on insect performance by comparing the performance of inland versus coastal populations of solanum dulcamara when they are exposed to the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata). Solanum dulcamara belongs as potato to the family of Solanacea and was therefore selected as model plant  to investigate potato pests. Furthermore, previous research on coastal vs inland populations of solanum dulcamara showed that the coastal plants were less desired than inland plants what might be due to their higher glycoalkaloid content. During her research stay from the 04th to the 15th of March, Sandra analyzed the abundance of glycoalkaloids and phytohormons in the leaves of Solanum dulcamara collected at 8 different collecting points from the coast and in the inland of the Netherlands.

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EcoMeteor and MIE are hosting Dr. Hisham Abd El-lateaf

Dr. Hisham Abd El-lateaf from the National Research Centre in Cairo spends a 2-weeks research stay with the EcoMetEoR platform in iDiv.

In his current project he is studying the analysis and quantification of glucosinolates in seeds and meals of moringa oleifera and moringa peregrina.The aim of this project is to maximize the utilization of the moringa meal that remains after oil extraction. By Studying the effect of using different procedures for oil extraction including (hydraulic pressing, Screw pressing and extraction by solvent) from two species of moringa seeds grown in Egypt (moringa oleifera and moringa peregrina) on the content of their meals of glucosinolates qualitatively and quantitatively with emphasis on the biological activity of pure glucosinolates against different cancer cell lines. In addition the investigation also aims to study the effect of aqueous treatment of the cakes of the previous two species of moringa seeds on the content of their meals of glucosinolates.

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Successful Workshop "Introduction to Ecometabolomics for Ecologists"

From the 27th to 31st of August 15 PhD Students and 1 PostDoc participated the introductory workshop "Introduction to Ecometabolomics for Ecologists". The week was filled with lectures, hands-on sessions and many discussions aboutthe application of metabolomics in ecological research. The participants learned about the design of a metabolomic experiment, how to extract the metabolites and collect volatile compounds and how to process and interpret the MS Data.

Vom 16. bis 18.Oktober 2017 trafen sich 34 Experten aus den Fachbereichen Ökologie, Biochemie und Bioinformatik im Zentrum für Biodiversitätsforschung, um über die aktuellen Herausforderungen und Tücken in der Anwendung der sogenannten Metabolomik bei ökologischen Studien zu diskutieren.  Themenschwerpunkte waren dabei das richtige experimentelle Design, analytische Platformen und Algorithmen zur Detektion von Peaks im Rahmen chromatografischer und massenspektrometrischer Analysen. Dabei wurden auch Abläufe der Datenprozessierung und multivariante statistische Analysen im Rahmen von Workshops unter die Lupe genommen und getestet

Neben dem enormen Wissens-und Erfahrungsaustausch wurde nun als weiteres Resultat dieses intensiven Workshops der gemeinsame Review Artikel  "Current Challenges in Plant Ecometabolomics" im International Journal for Molecular Science von 30 Teilnehmern veröffentlicht (



Group picture of all workshop participants

News from EcoMetEoR

NEW video protocol on Glucosinolate Extraction & Analysis published in JoVE

Two postdoctoral researcher positions at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig.  › mehr

15.01.2018 | News der MIE-Gruppe, EcoMetEoR
Dr. Katja Steinauer

Katja Steinauer, PostDoc at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), stays with us in June 2018 as a guest researcher using the facilities of the EcoMetEoR platform.  › mehr

08.06.2018 | News der MIE-Gruppe, EcoMetEoR
Abigail Moreno-Pedraza & Diandro Ricardo Barilli

Dieser Artikel ist nur auf Englisch verfügbar. For the next months, Abigail Moreno-Pedraza (CINVESTAV, Mexico) and Diandro Ricardo Barilli (UNESP, Brazil) stay with us as guest researchers of the…  › mehr

02.11.2018 | News der MIE-Gruppe, EcoMetEoR
MIE and EcoMetEoR host Jiao Qu

MIE and EcoMetEoR host Jiao Qu  › mehr

29.11.2018 | EcoMetEoR, News der MIE-Gruppe

Interesting homepages

Homepage of the European Metabolomics Training Coordination Group (EmTraG) - Overview about Metabolomics Training courses and Metabolomics Training Centres

Homepage of the Metabolomics Society - Useful information on upcoming events, Subscription for Metabolomics Newsletter, Jobs, Tutorials, Databases

Molecular Interaction Ecology group at iDiv - Molecular and chemical mechanisms governing interactions between plants and their biotic and abiotic environment.

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