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]


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]


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]

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