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Loss of species destroys ecosystems: The "Jena Experiment" – 15 years of biodiversity research in review

Due to its breadth, the Jena experiment proves for the first time that a loss of biodiversity has negative consequences for many individual components and processes in ecosystems. (Photo: The Jena Experiment)

How serious is the loss of species globally? Are material cycles in an ecosystem with few species changed? In order to find this out, the "Jena Experiment" was established in 2002, one of the largest biodiversity experiments...[more]


Optimizing wheat cultivation – by comparing genomes with natural ancestors

The decoding of the complex genome sequence lay the foundation for targeted breeding and consequently improved wheat quality. (Photo: Uli Benz / TUM)

With substantial participation by a honorary professor at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, an international team of scientists has decoded the complex genome sequence of goatgrass (Aegilops tauschii), an ancestor of...[more]


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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