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13.09.2016

Trees Transpire for a Cool City: Small-Leaved Limes Can Cool Urban Squares Like Air Conditioning Units

Solar-powered measuring system on the green space at Bordeaux Platz in Munich. (Photo: M. Rahman/ TUM)

Small-leaved limes do not transpire to the same extent in all environments as a study by Mohammad Rahman from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) concludes. During the summer heat, transpiration – the loss of water from the...[more]


09.09.2016

Drones for butterfly conservation: Study on predicting suitable habitats for butterfly larvae

First of all, a small proportion of the total area of the study area was examined and searched for eggs for the butterfly larvae on the common bird’s-foot trefoil. (Photo: M. Bauer / TUM).

High-resolution aerial Photographs provides information that is both up-to-date and tailored for the task at hand—information that could previously only be obtained by observations in the field and only for a limited spatial...[more]


01.09.2016

The killer shrimp is not as bad as its reputation: Study reveals role of killer shrimps in the disappearance of species in Central European rivers

At the same time as the invasion of the killer shrimp began in the early 1990s, the populations of many native invertebrates in the large waterways of Central Europe started to decline. (Photo: J. Brandner/ TUM)

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered that the amphipod crustacean, which is native to the Ponto-Caspian region, is not a true predator and only plays an indirect role in the massive species...[more]


17.08.2016

Flowering Meadows benefit Humankind: Greater biodiversity in grasslands leads to higher levels of ecosystem services

Grasslands full of flowers are not only beautiful they also provide many important services for humans. (Photo: Fotolia/ J. Fälchle)

The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in "Nature". More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, including the Technical University of...[more]


11.08.2016

Study establishes the first public collection of bacteria from the intestine of mice: Mouse gut bacteria find a new home

The picture shows the 76 different species included in the miBC collection, including 15 hitherto unknown taxa. (Source: Nature Microbiology)

Mouse models are extensively used in pharmaceutical and medical research, and it is known that the communities of microbes in their intestine can have a significant impact on the research output. However, there is still...[more]


12.07.2016

Research shows how to get more crop per drop

Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. However, our current water usage is already unsustainable today. The fact that plant leaves lose a great deal of water through...[more]


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