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Department of Chemical Ecology

Prof. Dr. Caroline Müller

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Logo der Chemischen Ökologie Chemical ecology deals with biological and chemical investigations of natural products that are involved in the communication between individuals within one or different species and which influence ecological interactions. In our group we explore the role of natural products which mediate interactions between plants, herbivorous insects and their antagonists (predators, parasitoids) as well as interactions between mutualistic partners such as fungi. We focus on the isolation and identification of such compounds and the elucidation of their functions in an ecological, behavioural, genetic, population-biological and evolutionary context.

Guests are welcome any time!


During the semester break please attend our

Journal Club

on Thursdays, 16:15 pm, room W1-135



Our lectures take place on Thursday, 05:00 pm in room V2-145

06-Dec-2018, Dr. Grit Kunert (MPI Jena): Host plant specificity of the pea aphid complex - a consequence of complex interactions

20-Dec-2018, Dr. Lisa Johanna Tewes: Influences of plant chemotype and fungal specialisation on disease development inBunias orientalis

10-Jan-2019, Caroline Pons: Coping with drought in agriculture - role of mycorrhiza in wheat-aphid-drought interactions

17-Jan-2019, Dr. Sarah C. Paul: The influence of clerodendrins on copulation and conflict in the turnip sawflyAthalia rosae

24-Jan-2019: BSc/MSc candidates

31-Jan-2019, Svenja Geisler: Glucosinolate metabolism in Phaedon cochleariae larvae