The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology is a world-class institution whose research focusses on the principles, mechanisms and effects of evolutionary change.  It comprises three departments (Evolutionary Genetics, Evolutionary Theory, and Microbial Population Biology) and numerous independent research groups.  It employs nearly 200 people from more than 30 nationalities.

 

Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology is a world-class institution whose research focusses on the principles, mechanisms and effects of evolutionary change.  It comprises three departments (Evolutionary Genetics, Evolutionary Theory, and Microbial Population Biology) and numerous independent research groups.  It employs nearly 200 people from more than 30 nationalities.
 
In complex organisms, two basic types of cells are found: on the one hand, reproductive cells, which are responsible only for the reproduction of the living being, and on the other hand, cells specialized for the vegetative functions of the body. This division of cells is irreversible, that is, the vegetative cell type produces only vegetative cells that are no longer involved in the process of reproduction. Why has this division of labor evolved, what are the advantages? This is what scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön are researching with the help of mathematical models.

Reproduction: How can the division of labor of cells prevail?

In complex organisms, two basic types of cells are found: on the one hand, reproductive cells, which are responsible only for the reproduction of the living being, and on the other hand, cells specialized for the vegetative functions of the body. This division of cells is irreversible, that is, the vegetative cell type produces only vegetative cells that are no longer involved in the process of reproduction. Why has this division of labor evolved, what are the advantages? This is what scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön are researching with the help of mathematical models.

Researchers at the Kiel Evolution Center succeed for the first time in demonstrating that changes in certain proteins involved in packaging of the genetic material have a causal effect on the frequency of mutations.

Can living organisms influence changes in their genes?

Researchers at the Kiel Evolution Center succeed for the first time in demonstrating that changes in certain proteins involved in packaging of the genetic material have a causal effect on the frequency of mutations.

MrWissen2go Mirko Drotschmann explains the methods of Gene Drive. Expert interviews with Chaitanya Gokhale (Research Group Leader Theoretical Models of Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics) and Guy Reeves (Evolutionary Genetics Department).

Gene Drive - Explainer Video (German)

MrWissen2go Mirko Drotschmann explains the methods of Gene Drive. Expert interviews with Chaitanya Gokhale (Research Group Leader Theoretical Models of Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics) and Guy Reeves (Evolutionary Genetics Department).

On 1 July, Paul Rainey will become the new Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology. He succeeds Diethard Tautz, who remains Deputy Managing Director. The change comes as part of the rotation principle in place at the Institute, whereby each of the three directors (Paul Rainey, Diethard Tautz and Arne Traulsen) is appointed in turn as Managing Director for three years each.

Change of Leadership at the Max Planck Institute in Plön

On 1 July, Paul Rainey will become the new Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology. He succeeds Diethard Tautz, who remains Deputy Managing Director. The change comes as part of the rotation principle in place at the Institute, whereby each of the three directors (Paul Rainey, Diethard Tautz and Arne Traulsen) is appointed in turn as Managing Director for three years each.

Demolition work on the old buildings will start on March 10. Everything is to be completed by the end of 2024, including the refurbishment of the parts of the building that will remain.

Construction starts at the Max-Planck-Institute Plön

Demolition work on the old buildings will start on March 10. Everything is to be completed by the end of 2024, including the refurbishment of the parts of the building that will remain.

Researchers from the department of Evolutionary Theory have collected scientific information and statistics about the COVID19 pandemic and explained it for the public on a special website.

COVID19 pandemic explained

Researchers from the department of Evolutionary Theory have collected scientific information and statistics about the COVID19 pandemic and explained it for the public on a special website.

News

Reproduction: How can the division of labor of cells prevail?

October 18, 2021

In complex organisms, two basic types of cells are found: on the one hand, reproductive cells, which are responsible only for the reproduction of the living being, and on the other hand, cells specialized for the vegetative functions of the body ...

Can living organisms influence changes in their genes?

October 11, 2021

Researchers at the Kiel Evolution Center succeed for the first time in demonstrating that changes in certain proteins involved in packaging of the genetic material have a causal effect on the frequency of mutations.

About speciation research

September 23, 2021

An article has appeared in the New Yorker entitled "Where do species come from?" describing the development of speciation research in recent decades. The MPI for Evolutionary Biology and the work of Diethard Tautz are also included.

A microbe's view on metaorganisms

July 12, 2021

- Joint press release by Kiel University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology Plön -

All living organisms - from the simplest animal and plant organisms to humans - live in close association with a variety of microorganisms that ...

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Interaction networks in microbial communities

Oct 26, 2021 11:00 - 12:00
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The evolutionary ecology of host defence and counter-defence

Nov 16, 2021 11:00
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