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Today’s challenges – Tomorrow's research and teaching

The 21st century faces numerous challenges: global warming, population explosion, food security and dwindling fossil fuel reserves are the crises of our time. Addressing these challenges will require cutting-edge research – both fundamental and applied. As a discipline encompassing this entire spectrum of issues, from food production to the supply of biogenetic raw materials through to the preservation of livable environments, the life sciences will play a leading role in these efforts.

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Urban trees are growing faster worldwide: International study on the impact of climate change on tree growth

For the study, samples of heartwood from trees in major cities such as here in Vietnam's capital Hanoi were taken and analyzed. (Photo: TUM)

Trees in metropolitan areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas worldwide since the 1960s. This has been confirmed for the first time by a study on the impact of the urban heat island effect on tree growth headed...[more]


Ghana's pineapple farmers need more intensive training: More effective know-how training for sustainable agriculture

Establishing sustainable agriculture is the goal for pineapple cultivation in Ghana. This reduces the irreversible damage to the soil, increases its fertility and, in the end, also yields and income. (Photo: TUM/ D. Wüpper)

Simple technologies can be learned effectively through imitation, while complex methods require professional training. If Ghanaian pineapple farmers are to achieve higher yields through more sustainable agriculture, they will...[more]


7.5 million Dollar for the exploration of the colon: TUM is part of an international consortium to investigate colon functions

The large intestine - here highlighted dark - is an important part of the digestive tract: If his nervous system is disturbed, this causes chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. (Picture: Pixabay / Elionas2)

Professor Michael Schemann from the Department of Human Biology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is part of a consortium that intends to investigate the role of nerves in normal and diseased colon functions over the...[more]


Technical Innovations Based on Nature: Ten years Bionics Center at TUM

The first prototype of a shading element for buildings based on the tulip blossom, which was developed at the Professorship for Architectural Design and Building Envelope. (© Carla Baumann)

The "Leonardo da Vinci Center for Bionics" was established over a decade ago at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Since then, the cross-faculty research platform has been promoting the technical development and design of...[more]


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