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]


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]


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]


Fish oil during pregnancy offers no protection for offspring against obesity

In Europe almost one in three schoolchildren under ten is overweight. In the search for the cause of this phenomenon, fetal programming was put under scrutiny. That the mother's diet might have some influence could not be...[more]


Thousands on one chip: New Method to study Proteins

Protein microarrays like this allow the investigation of thousands of proteins in a single experiment. Microarrays are only a few centimeters in size and host thousands of individual test spots on very small space. (Photo: TUM/Falter-Braun)

Since the completion of the human genome an important goal has been to elucidate the function of the now known proteins: a new molecular method enables the investigation of the function for thousands of proteins in parallel....[more]


Gene mutation causes juvenile mortality in calves

Based on genome data, breeders and scientists are able to determine which hereditary factors and which genetic diseases cattle pass on to their offspring. A mutation located on chromosome 19, for example, is responsible for...[more]

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