Breeding success with DNA analysis: Synbreed project bridges the gap between animal and plant breeding

From healthier cattle to corn that is better adapted to climate change, the Synbreed project has made major breakthroughs in animal and plant breeding. The methods used are based on DNA analysis, which allows scientists to...[more]


Important mechanism in plant immunity decoded: Plants detect bacterial endotoxin in similar process to mammals

Similar to humans and animals, plants possess an innate immune system that protects them from invading pathogens. Molecular structures that do not occur in people, animals or plants enable recognition of these pathogens and...[more]


Study investigates impact of catastrophic 2013 flooding: Fields with high diversity benefit from being submerged

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent because of climate change. European countries will have to expect further catastrophic flooding on a similar scale to June 2013. Now a research team involving scientists from TUM...[more]


How birds get by without external ears: Scientists discover how birds localize sound sources

Birds can hear without the need for external ears – and now a TUM research team has found out how. (Image: Reddogs / Fotolia)

Unlike mammals, birds have no external ears. The outer ears of mammals play an important function in that they help the animal identify sounds coming from different elevations. But birds are also able to perceive whether the...[more]


Protecting the rainforest through agriculture and forestry: Study investigates land use concepts in tropical mountain forests

Conservationists are always looking for ways to halt the pace of deforestation in tropical rainforests. One approach involves recultivating abandoned agricultural land. An international team* investigating this concept has just...[more]


Scientists develop new technologies for processing milk: How concentrates help to save energy

Powdered milk is a vital ingredient in infant formula and also used in a wide a range of baked goods and confectionary products. It is manufactured using an energy-intensive process chain that involves concentrating and drying...[more]

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