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Public Impact via educational films and television shows featuring our research programme

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2015 Documentary: The Seductive Pathogen. Directed by Onome Ekeh/ Featurezoo

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2014 Documentary: Scents and Sensibilities: The Invisible Language of Smell. World Science festival, New York 2014

  • 2014 Documentary: How Do Aliens Think? Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Discovery Science Channel.
  • 2013 Documentary: What Plants talk about.  Nature, PBS TV.
  • 2013 Documentary: Invisible Nature- Plants communicating. Monalisa Productions for French Public Television (France 5). ( awarded a best series prize at the 15th Polish Wlodzimierz Puchalski Nature Film Festival)
  • 2012 Documentary: Plant behavior and communication. The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, CBC TV. (Best science/nature documentary, Canadian Screen Awards)
  • 2011 Documentary: Intelligent Plants. Matthew Productions, German/French public television. (Winner of the silver world medal at the 2011 Best television & films New York festival, NYC)

Public Impact via academic and popular press coverage



Plants can see, hear and smell - and respond, Josh Gabbatiss, BBC Earth, January 2017


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Was machen die da drin? (PDF, 6.5 MB) [in German], Mathias Plüss, Das Magazin,  8. Oktober 2016

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Ein kleiner Schatz verlässt Reichenburg in Richtung ETH (PDF, 136 KB) [in German], Ivan Theiler, Höfner Volksblatt, 19. August 2016

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Geheimnisvolle Welt der Insekten [in German], Video by Doris Fanconi, published in Tagesanzeiger online 19 July 2016

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Treasure Trove (PDF, 282 KB), Article by Inken De Wit, published in "ETH life magazine" volume 2, 2016

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Stadt der Toten (PDF, 203 KB) [in German], Patrick Imhasly, NZZ


  • Malarial mice smell better to mosquitos, K. Hopkin, Scientific American
  • Malaria parasite 'can manipulate body odour of mice. S. Mudasad. BBC News
  • Malaria Makes You Smell Delicious To Mosquitoes, Thus Helping The Disease Complete Its Life Cycle”, Anthony Rivers. Medical Daily
  • Mosquitoes Attracted to Malaria-Infected Mice. Trace Vence. The Scientist
  • Malaria parasite alters host body odor to entice mosquitoes. Geoffrey Mohan. LA time Science Now
  • Malaria may change the way you smell making you irresistible to mosquitoes”, Sarah Griffiths. The daily Mail
  • Your Scent May Change When You're Infected with Malaria: Natural Mosquito Attractant, Catherine Griffin. Science World Report


  • Plants smell danger. Bob Hirshon. AAAS Science Update (Jan 4 podcast).
  • On the Scent? Johnna Rizzo, National Geographic Magazine
  • Put Off the Scent. Ashley Braun, Natural History Magazine
  • Plant sniffs out danger to prepare defenses against pesky insect. Science Daily
  • Plants smell danger from flies on the prowl.


  • Do Plants Smell Other Plants?  This One Does, Then Strangles What it Smells.  Robert Krulwich. NPR. May 24, 2012.
  • Common Scents:Plants Constantly Catch a Whiff of their Neighbors’ Perfume. Daniel Chamovitz. Scientific American. May, 2012.


  • A quick sniff and she’s off. Caroline Ash. Science: Editors’ Choice. Feb. 29, 2010.
  • Aphid deception. Nature: Research Highlights. Feb. 10, 2010.
  • Plant virus tricks teach evolutionary pest management. Brandon Keim  Wired Science. Feb.2, 2010.
  • The grass isn’t always greener.  Dr. Jim Caryl.  Mental Indigestion. April 7, 2010.
  • Virus makes plants lie to insects. Susan Milius. ScienceNews. Jan. 16, 2010.

Press coverage before 2010

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