Regional seed material performs better

[Translate to english:] Die Acker-Witwenblume (Knautia arvensis) zeigt ausgeprägte genetische Unterschiede zwischen Nord- und Süddeutschland und zusätzlich noch regionale Anpassung. (Foto: Walter Durka)

Colorful and extensively used meadows and pastures provide valuable habitats for many plant and animal species. However, they have become very rare. In order to re-establish such grasslands, the plants they contain must be sown....[more]


Nature conservation areas no haven for butterflies

What do the brimstone, meadow brown and small heath butterfly species have in common? All of them are rather habitat specialists, with no specific ecological demands, they tend to have modest requirements when it comes to...[more]


Obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically inherited

“The results showed that both oocytes and sperm passed on epigenetic information, which particularly in the female offspring led to severe obesity,” said Prof. Johannes Beckers. (Photo: Fotolia/ cervis)

Diet-induced obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically inherited by the offspring via both oocytes and sperm. Scientists from Technical University of Munich in collaboration with researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the...[more]


The gut: performing into old age

Dr. Dagmar Krüger of the Department of Human Biology at TU Munich has examined more than 2200 specimens from around 450 patients with bowel disease. (Foto: Astrid Eckert / TUM)

A breakthrough in basic research and the first comprehensive study on the secretory activity of the human intestine: over a period of eight years, Dr. Dagmar Krüger of the Department of Human Biology at TU Munich has examined...[more]


Fragile bacterial community in the gut: How does the gut microbiota respond to iron replacement?

Interior view of an intestine with Crohn’s disease. (Foto: Fotolia/ Juan Gärtner)

Iron deficiency is often an issue in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. An international and interdisciplinary research group under the aegis of the ZIEL Institute for Food & Health (ZIEL) at the TU Munich has now...[more]


Temporal fluctuations in species ensure stability in ecosystems

The abundance of species is subject to natural variations (dotted lines). The mean variation of the entire community fluctuates less if the individual species are asynchronous. (Picture: Martin Goßner / TUM)

Whether an animal or plant community remains stable despite external impacts does not depend on biological diversity alone: asynchrony across the species is also a crucial factor. The more the species in an ecosystem fluctuate in...[more]

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