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News of Molecular Interaction Ecology

Alexander Krüger has joined the Molecular Interaction Ecology (MIE) group as a research assistant and to write his MSc thesis. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of…  › more

04.05.2021 | MIE Group News

After succesfully defending his PhD thesis at the University of Bern, Con van Doan has joined the MIE group. Cong will work as a technical assistant in the project of Leonardo Bassi,…  › more

04.05.2021 | MIE Group News
iDiv platform video highlights Ecometabolomics

Our Media and Communications unit made a  very nice series of videos of the iDiv platforms. In addition, they made an integrated video, where the iDiv platforms are presented as a network. As…  › more

08.03.2021 | MIE Group News
MIE celebrates  International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), featuring the Molecular Interaction Ecology (MIE) Management Team.

Over the last months, several MIE group members presented their research on plant health related topics. However, this would not have been possible without the MIE management team. Next to…  › more

16.12.2020 | MIE Group News
MEES honours students mentored by Nicole van Dam

Four excellent MS students of the Master Ecology and Evolutionary Systematics (MEES) were selected to participate in Honours Programme at FSU Jena. MSc students Dongik Chang, Alex Krüger, Sheethal…  › more

02.12.2020 | MIE Group News
Dongik Chang

Dongik Chang, has recently joined the Molecular Interaction Ecology (MIE) group as a research assistant and to write her MSc thesis. Dongik studied environmental health science in South Korea and…  › more

23.11.2020 | MIE Group News
MIE celebrates Plant Health, featuring Adam Anaia

MIE celebrates Plant Health, featuring Adam Anaia: “I am Redouan Adam Anaia from the Netherlands. During my bachelor in Molecular Life Sciences, I became intrigued by plant chemodiversity and its…  › more

19.11.2020 | MIE Group News
Jessil Pajar wins second best poster prize at the Max Planck-Chemical Ecology Institute symposium

Jessil Pajar’s first poster from her PhD project won the 2nd place at the Max Planck-Chemical Ecology Institute symposium! Jessil is working on a project entitle “Tapping into signaling interaction…  › more

09.11.2020 | MIE Group News
Crispus Mbaluto successfully defended his PhD thesis!

On 21 October 2020 we had the first PhD defence in MIE. Crispus Mbaluto defended his PhD thesis with great success; due to the Corona measurements the defence was held online. The hat that Crispus…  › more

22.10.2020 | MIE Group News
Jessil Ann Pajar

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. October 2020 is the month of…  › more

20.10.2020 | MIE Group News
Redouan Adam Anaia starts his PhD project at MIE

Redouan Adam Anaia has joined the Molecular Interaction Ecology group at the German Centre for Integrated Biodiversity Research (iDiv) as a PhD student. Adam will work on the the chemodiversity of…  › more

24.09.2020 | MIE Group News
New review on gut bacterial communities of insects by Rebekka Sontowski and Nicole van Dam

Like in many other organisms, the guts of insects are full of many different bacteria. These bacteria can help their host to overcome toxic diets or can boost its resistance to pathogens. Rebekka…  › more

21.09.2020 | MIE Group News
MIE celebrates Plant Health, featuring Jennifer Gabriel

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. September 2020 is the month of…  › more

15.09.2020 | MIE Group News
Rebekka and Leila start four-week internship at EcoMetEoR and MIE

Like many other crops sunflowers suffer from soil- born pathogens like the fungus Verticillium dahliae, which can cause up to 30% yield loss. The usual way in agriculture to control this fungus…  › more

10.09.2020 | MIE Group News
Paper published by Crispus Mbaluto

Congratulations to Crispus Mbaluto! The first chapter of his PhD thesis is now online at AoB PLANTS. His research, funded by DAAD,  shows that the effect of aboveground caterpillar feeding on…  › more

04.09.2020 | MIE Group News
Picture: © S. Bernhardt/iDiv.

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. August 2020 is the month of Ming…  › more

20.08.2020 | MIE Group News
Rebekka Sontowski

On Sunday 9 August 2020 the local TV station MDR broadcasted the documentary "Wie geht es unseren Insekten". It highlights iDiv research on insect decline,  including the Flexpool project…  › more

20.08.2020 | MIE Group News
Picture: © S. Bernhardt/iDiv.

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. July 2020 is the month of Axel…  › more

20.07.2020 | MIE Group News
Practicum bags with clover plants, caterpillars and materials, packed by Jennifer Gabriel (right). Pictures: NM van Dam, FSU Jena/iDiv

If anything, the Corona crisis forces us to be creative about our teaching. For the third year Bachelor Biology course “Vom Molekül zu komplexen Gemeinschaften (BB3.Ö13)“ at FSU Jena, PhD student…  › more

26.06.2020 | MIE Group News
Picture: © S. Bernhardt (iDiv)

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. June 2020 is the month of Rebekka…  › more

18.06.2020 | MIE Group News
Kudos to our MIE First Aid Helpers!

Today, Su Görth, Alexander Weinhold and Andreas Schedl took a course to freshen up their First Aid skills.  Their efforts will ensure that MIE and others at iDiv will get assistance when needed.…  › more

10.06.2020 | MIE Group News
Two positions in Ecometabolomics at iDiv

We are currently advertising for a postdoctoral researcher and a technician to join our group in iDiv. The Postdoc will join the Ecometeor, iDiv’s support unit for ecometabolomics, and will focus on…  › more

08.06.2020 | MIE Group News
Martin Volf

On a recently released video on the iDiv YouTube channel, former MIE member Martin Volf induces large oak trees with methyljasmonate. He carries out this experiment at a stunning height of more than…  › more

04.06.2020 | MIE Group News
MIE celebrates Plant Health, featuring visiting scholar Dr Qianhan Shang

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. May 2020 is the month of Qianhan…  › more

11.05.2020 | MIE Group News
MIE celebrates Plant Health featuring our iDiv gardener Alvin Barth

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. In addition to scientists, also…  › more

20.04.2020 | MIE Group News
BeMOST website online

The BeMOST project lead by Maria Pappas (Democritus University of Thrace) published its website. This collaborative research project is funded by Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation…  › more

30.03.2020 | MIE Group News
Dimitra Papantoniou

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. March 2020 is the month of Dimitra…  › more

06.03.2020 | MIE Group News
Nerea Perez Andres

Molecular Interaction Ecology welcomes Nerea Perez Andres from Maastricht University (the Netherlands) to the group. Together with Dr. Fredd Vergara, Nerea will study the chemical profiles of root-…  › more

05.03.2020 | MIE Group News
Crispus Mbaluto

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Every month, one of our team members introduces his or her interest in plant health. February 2020 is the month of…  › more

17.02.2020 | MIE Group News

The Molecular Interaction Ecology group has welcomed three new group members in January. Dr. Guadalupe Andraca Gómez has started working on the InsektMobil project. This citizen science project aims…  › more

30.01.2020 | MIE Group News

The year 2020 is the United Nations' International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the…  › more

30.01.2020 | MIE Group News
Open PhD position at MIE

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate to join our research group. The aim of the project is to gain a deeper mechanistic understanding of the ecological and evolutionary drivers of a…  › more

27.01.2020 | MIE Group News
MIE scores a publication hattrick in Frontiers in Plant Sciences

Over the last weeks, several MIE members got the good news that their papers would be accepted in the Open Access Journal “Frontiers in Plant Science”. Rebekka Sontowski and Axel Touw each published…  › more

07.01.2020 | MIE Group News
Students of the Louise-Otto-Peters-school working in the lab

On Monday the 2nd of December, MIE welcomed class 12 of the Louise-Otto-Peters-school from Leipzig to the molecular lab. The students visited the MIE labs despite their day off and got an insight in…  › more

07.01.2020 | MIE Group News
Nicole van Dam is crossing Solanum dulcamare chemotypes to yield seeds for the project in the greenhouse of the Botanical Garden of Leipzig.

On 5 December 2019 the German Science Foundation DFG approved the application of the Research Unit “Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity in Plants”. Nicole van Dam and Fredd Vergara…  › more

17.12.2019 | Molecular Interaction Ecology, MIE Group News

On 15 October 2019,  MDR TV broadcasted a beautiful documentary on the Leipzig botanical garden, the oldest botanical garden in Germany. You will see our iDiv gardener Alvin, our former gardener…  › more

16.10.2019 | Molecular Interaction Ecology
Lisa Steiniger

Molecular Interaction Ecology welcomes Lisa Steiniger from the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Gymnasium (Leipzig) to the group. In the coming year, Lisa will study how belowground herbivory by larvae of the cabbage…  › more

25.09.2019 | MIE Group News
Martin Volf

iDiv postdoctoral researcher Martin Volf received an Alexander von Humboldt Return Fellowship to continue his research on chemical defence mechanisms of trees against herbivorous insects. Volf has…  › more

25.09.2019 | Molecular Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
Rebekka Sontowski (Photo: Stefan Bernhardt / iDiv)

Rebekka Sontowski (iDiv, FSU) honored for her outreach activities of the MIE group  › more

30.08.2019 | iDiv, Molecular Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, yDiv
Melody Fu

Melody is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Applied Plant and Soil Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. She won the Go Global Self-Directed Research Award…  › more

23.07.2019 | MIE Group News
MIE movie stars

On Friday 7 June a film crew of MDR visited our lab and greenhouses to get an impression of the research that's done at MIE. The takes they made will be part of a documentary on the botanical gardens…  › more

12.06.2019 | MIE Group News
MIE postdoc wins award

Fredd Vergara (right), postdoctoral researcher at Molecular Interaction Ecology and EcoMetEoR, received the 2019 Metabolites Travel Awards sponsored by MDPI Metabolites for his presentation at the…  › more

12.06.2019 | Molecular Interaction Ecology
MIE hosts Justine Knaden and Luise Hock of FSU Jena

From the 15th to the 17th of May 2019, MIE is hosting Justine Knaden and Luise Hock. Luise and Justine are part of the BSc course “Integrative Ökologie” at FSU Jena, taught by Nicole van Dam and…  › more

15.05.2019 | MIE Group News
MIE Data upload workshop with the iDiv BDU team

On May 7 2019, Jitendra Gaikwad and his team of the iDiv BDU came to Leipzig for an hand-on data upload workshop for all MIE members. They helped us to upload our metabolomics (meta)data in the iDiv…  › more

07.05.2019 | MIE Group News
Picture: Pia Backmann

Former iDiv PhD student Dr Pia Backmann was interviewed on RadioEins on her modeling paper in American Naturalist.  Pia explains how native tobacco plants can use their caterpillars to beat the…  › more

12.02.2019 | MIE Group News
Caterpillars of the tobacco hawk moth (<em>Manduca sexta</em>) can tolerate nicotine well, but if their host plant produces other chemical substances, they look for a new feeding place if possible. (Picture: Pia Backmann)

Tobacco plants gain an advantage by the timely sending of hungry caterpillars to the competition  › more

25.01.2019 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members, Molecular Interaction Ecology
MIE hosts Arletys Verdecia-Mogena

For the next 3 months, Arletys Verdecia-Mogena will join the MIE group as a guest researcher on a DAAD scholarship. Arletys is a junior researcher from the Centre for Genetic Engineering and…  › more

22.01.2019 | MIE Group News
Students of the Louise-Otto-Peters-school working in the lab

On Monday the 26th of November MIE welcomed class 12 of the Louise-Otto-Peters-school from Leipzig to the molecular lab. During their time in the lab, the students got an insight in molecular genetic…  › more

13.12.2018 | MIE Group News
MIE and EcoMetEoR host Jiao Qu

MIE and EcoMetEoR host Jiao Qu  › more

29.11.2018 | EcoMetEoR, MIE Group News
Abigail Moreno-Pedraza & Diandro Ricardo Barilli

For the next months, Abigail Moreno-Pedraza (CINVESTAV, Mexico) and Diandro Ricardo Barilli (UNESP, Brazil) stay with us as guest researchers of the EcoMetEoR platform. Abigail will use her time in…  › more

02.11.2018 | MIE Group News, EcoMetEoR
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