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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 | Molecular Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Media Release
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
Postdoctoral position in Chemical Ecology

Dr Mick Hanley (Plymouth University, UK) and Dr Nicole M. van Dam (iDiv, Leipzig, Germany) are looking for an enthusiastic candidate for a postdoctoral position shared between their labs.  › more

01.10.2018 | MIE Group News

The collaborative Research Centre ChemBioSys was positively re-evaluated for the second funding period by the German Research Foundation (DFG).  › more

09.07.2018 | MIE Group News
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.  › more

08.06.2018 | MIE Group News, EcoMetEoR
Esther-Marie Lintzel

Esther-Marie Lintzel, master student from the University Leipzig, starts her master thesis.  › more

09.05.2018 | MIE Group News
Henriette Uthe

By supporting and teaching ecologist and biodiversity researchers, Henriette will implement metabolomics analyses in their research.  › more

02.05.2018 | MIE Group News

“Root chemical traits and their roles in belowground biotic interactions" second most downloaded paper of Pedobiologia in the last 90 days.  › more

25.04.2018 | MIE Group News
Dimitra Papantoniou

Dimitra Papantoniou joins MIE as a PhD student. She is part of MiRA EU-ITN, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie program funded network to study Microbe-induced Resistance to Agricultural Pests.  › more

18.04.2018 | MIE Group News

MIE hosts Dr. Lori Shapiro. Dr. Shapiro will give a talk on species interactions and co.evolution along the global plant crop movement.  › more

26.03.2018 | MIE Group News

Valérie Lopez, PhD student of University of Rennes, France, will stay with us for the entire month of March 2018.  › more

07.03.2018 | MIE Group News
Dr. Andreas Schedl

Dr. Andreas Schedl: Maternity leave cover of Dr. Katharina Grosser  › more

21.02.2018 | MIE Group News
Annalena Lenk (right) and Till Deilmann (left)

FSU Jena BSc students at iDiv - New BSc course “Integrative Ökologie”.  › more

21.02.2018 | MIE Group News
Esraa Mustafa

Esraa Mustafa is a Master of science student from Cairo University in Egypt. Her research focus while at the Molecular Interaction Ecology group in iDiv is to evaluate the impact of plant root…  › more

15.01.2018 | MIE Group News

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

15.01.2018 | MIE Group News, EcoMetEoR
Dimitra Papantoniou

Dimitra Papantoniou is a first year PhD student in the laboratory of Plant and Environmental Biotechnology in the department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly, Larisa, Greece.  › more

27.11.2017 | MIE Group News

Recently Nicole van Dam was interviewed by Anne Krebiehl, a journalist who writes for the online journal “Whine Enthusiast”.  › more

16.11.2017 | MIE Group News
A selection of caterpillars associated with New Guinean figs.

Martin Volf and his colleagues collaborate on interdisciplinary projects focusing on eco-evolutionary dynamics driving formation of plant defenses and insect diversity. Their recent work has been…  › more

16.11.2017 | MIE Group News
Martin Volf

Martin is a postdoctoral researcher who specializes on insect-plant interactions, evolution of plant defensive traits, and chemical ecology.  › more

14.11.2017 | MIE Group News
Eco-Metabolomics Workshop Group

From the 16th to 18th October, 34 experts from Ecology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics joined together at the iDiv core centre to discuss the current challenges and pitfalls of applying Metabolomics…  › more

25.10.2017 | Molecular Interaction Ecology
Dr Saori Fujii

Dr Saori Fujii (VU Amsterdam) will visit iDiv on 10 October 2017.  › more

18.09.2017 | Molecular Interaction Ecology
Adam McCarthy

Adam McCarthy is an undergraduate student from Manchester University studying Cell Biology. He is doing a 9 month industrial placement at iDiv in the Molecular Interaction Ecology department. He is…  › more

11.09.2017 | MIE Group News
Nicola Gorringe

Nicola Gorringe is currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree at Cardiff University and is undertaking a traineeship in her third year at iDiv in the Molecular Interaction Ecology research group,…  › more

05.09.2017 | MIE Group News
Galini Papadopoulou

Our PhD student Galini Papadopoulou received a grand by Friedrich Schiller University of Jena for participation at the “VII International Symposium on Brassicas” in Pontevedra, Spain.  › more

29.05.2017 | MIE Group News, yDiv
Stefanie Pencs

After writing her Master thesis in molecular resistance genetics at the JKI Quedlinburg, Stefanie worked as a scientific assistant at the IPK Gatersleben in the group for plant reproductive biology…  › more

09.05.2017 | MIE Group News
Delia radicum larvae

A research article by Tomonori Tsunoda, Sebastian Krosse, and Nicole M. van Dam entitled “Root and shoot glucosinolate allocation patterns follow optimal defence allocation theory” is now published…  › more

24.04.2017 | MIE Group News
Bob Raijmakers

Bob Raijmakers is a MSc student in Biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen. The focus of his master is on plant-herbivore interactions.   › more

24.04.2017 | MIE Group News
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