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16.03.2017

Molecular mechanism responsible for blooming in spring identified: Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'?Molecular mechanism responsible for blooming in spring identified: Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'?

For many plant species, such as the thale cress, which is often used in research, but also for food crops such as corn, rice and wheat, there are now initiatives currently mapping the genome of many subspecies and varieties. (Photo: Regnault/ TUM)

Plants possess molecular mechanisms that prevent them from blooming in winter. Once the cold of win-ter has passed, they are deactivated. However, if it is still too cold in spring, plants adapt their blooming behavior...[more]


13.03.2017

Domino Effect in the Amazon Rainforest: Increased Periods of Drought Set off Downward Spiral in the Amazon

Reduced rainfall in the Amazon rainforest is increasing forest mortality. Fewer trees exacerbate regional periods of drought, leading to a self-amplified forest loss. (Foto: TUM/ Rammig)

Reduced rainfall in the Amazon rainforest is increasing forest mortality. Fewer trees exacerbate regional periods of drought, leading to a self-amplified forest loss. A study conducted by an international team of researchers...[more]


A study of 3,000 PET scans yields new data on the proportion of brown fat: Humans have three times more brown body fat

The two scientists Tobias Fromme (l.) and Carlos Gerngross revealed that some persons have an easier time activating their brown fat, or even have more of it. (Photo: TUM/ Astrid Eckert)

Compared to white fat, brown body fat burns energy at an extraordinary rate. However, until now the proportion of brown fat in humans was thought to be quite small. Now a study conducted by researchers at the Technical University...[more]


Milestone for the analysis of human proteomes

Researchers led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) report on the synthesis of a library of more than 330,000 reference peptides representing essentially all canonical proteins of the human proteome. It is a major...[more]


Antibodies as ‘messengers’ in the nervous system

Antibodies are able to activate human nerve cells within milliseconds and hence modify their function — that is the surprising conclusion of a study carried out at Human Biology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This...[more]


01.12.2016

Intensification of Land Use Leads to the Same Species Everywhere

In places where humans use grasslands more intensively, it is not only the species diversity which decreases — the landscape also becomes more monotonous, and ultimately only the same species remain everywhere. This results in...[more]


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