Research Group Biochemical Ecology and Molecular Evolution


     The name alkaloid is derived from the "alkali-like" properties of this class of compounds.


     Animals feeding on plants are called herbivor.

Common ragwort

     Latin name: Jacobaea vulgaris (formerly called: Senecio jacobaea)

Jacobaea vulgaris

     This plant was renamed due to the most recent data of plant taxonomy. The former name was Senecio jacobaea.

Secondary metabolism

     Also called "specialized metabolism". Has to be distinguished from primary metabolism that is responsible for the production of all metabolites essential for the living cell.


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     Pheromones are (often volatile) chemical compounds used by insects to communicate between individuals of the same species.