IMPRS

International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques"

The IMPRS (http://imprs.ice.mpg.de) on "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques" is a joint initiative of the MPI-CE, FSU and HKI, which aims to offer students excellent research conditions in an interdisciplinary environment. Students from all over the world interested in entomology, ecology, microbiology, plant physiology, neuroethology and (bio)chemistry can enroll in the program with their own funding or apply for the fellowships offered within the framework of the IMPRS.

The IMPRS combines modern chemical and molecular techniques to study ecological systems systematically. Students will have the unique opportunity to combine the advances of new developments in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics with the most advanced techniques in ecological analysis for a whole-organis­mic and inter-organismic analysis of function. Organisms in nature interact in complex ways, and the traits that are important for the outcome of these interactions are largely unknown. The interactions of plants with plants, of plants with herbivores, of herbivores with pre­da­tors, and microorganisms as mediators between and at all trophic levels, crucially affect the Darwinian fitness of the interacting partners. They determine how an ecosystem functions. Understanding these interactions on a mechanistic level is a prerequisite for under­stan­ding the fundamental processes that structure all ecological systems.

JSMC Students at the IMPRS