Mitochondria control stem cell fate: If the powerhouse of the cell is disrupted, stem cells in the gut suffer

HSP60 in mitochondria control stem cell proliferation in the gut epithelium. HSP60 negative crypts show a loss of positive stem cells (brown staining), while stem cells hyperproliferation occurs in HSP60 positive gut epithelium. (Photo: Team Haller/ TUM)

What happens in intestinal epithelial cells during a chronic illness? Basic research conducted at the Chair of Nutrition and Immunology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) addressed this question by generating a new model...[more]


Forest Management Yields Higher Productivity through Biodiversity: Big Data Publication in "Science" Verifies Forest Biodiversity as a Key Factor for Forest Yields

Experimental plots with mixed stands of Douglas fir-European beech in Bavarian lowlands . (Photo: Leonhard Steinacker/ TUM)

Scientists have conducted the first worldwide study of biodiversity and its impact on the productivity of forests. Data from more than 770,000 observation points from 44 countries were evaluated for this purpose. The samples...[more]


Big data processing enables worldwide bacterial analysis: New bioinformatics tool for searching sequencing data

The Sequence Read Archive, a public database for deposition of sequences, currently stores over 100,000 gene sequence datasets which previously could not be evaluated in their whole. (Photo: Fotolia/ Dreaming Andy)

Sequencing data from biological samples such as the skin, intestinal tissues, or soil and water are usually archived in public databases. This allows researchers from all over the globe to access them. However, this has led to...[more]


Defying frost and the cold with hormones: New mechanisms uncovered explaining frost tolerance in plants

Pictured are frozen flowers of an apple tree in South Tyrol, Italy that have been protected from damage by late frost with frost-protection sprinkling. Eremina et al show that in the freezing tolerance of plants steroid hormones take part, and elucidate molecular pathways, which contribute to this activity. (Photo: courtesy of D. Mitterer-Zublasing)

Plants cannot simply relocate to better surroundings when their environmental conditions are no longer suitable. Instead, they have developed sophisticated molecular adaptation mechanisms. Scientists at the Technical University...[more]


Science you can touch: The TUM School of Life Sciences presents current research projects at the Central Agricultural Festival

Student of Agricultural Sciences working for a research project with drones in the field. (Photo: U. Benz/ TUM)

Coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Oktoberfest in Munich, the Bavarian Central Agricultural Festival (ZLF) will also be opening on September 17, 2016 on the Theresienwiese. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) will...[more]


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]

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