Explaining Stevia’s bitter side: Bitter taste receptors for Stevia sweeteners discovered

Stevia is regarded as a healthy alternative to sugar. Yet there are drawbacks to the Stevia products recently approved as sweeteners by the European Union. One of these is a long-lasting bitter after-taste. Scientists at...[more]


A look at tomorrow’s climate: Pollen levels are rising across Europe

From Reykjavik to Thessaloniki, pollen levels are on the increase. A team of researchers headed by Prof. Annette Menzel at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen reports that pollen counts have already risen across Europe in recent...[more]


Perinatal programming: Fish oil during pregnancy does not protect against excessive adipose tissue development

Omega 3 fatty acids don't prevent expansive adipose tissue development. (Photo: Olivier Lantzendörffer /

Is obesity in infants “programmed” in the womb? Previously, researchers assumed that consumption of “bad” fats during pregnancy contribute to excessive infant adipose tissue growth and that “good” Omega 3 fatty acids prevent...[more]


New EU research project: Reliable Coexistence of food products with and without Genetic Modification


The conditions under which organic, conventional and genetically modified (GM) agricultural products can be grown, transported and marketed side by side is established by the EU member states. A new European research project now...[more]


Ecological impoverishment of rivers: TUM scientists record species decline at weirs

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Dams and weirs have a stronger impact on the ecosystem of watercourses than was previously realized. Species diversity in the dammed area upstream of weirs shows a significant decline: the diversity of fish species is one-quarter...[more]


Grundlagenbiologie: TUM-Forscher finden neuartigen Schalter für Resistenz gegen Pflanzenkrankheiten

Der Echte Mehltau ist ein trickreicher Krankheitserreger: Der Pilz kann Gerste so manipulieren, dass die Zellen des Getreides ihm nicht nur Einlass in die Pflanze gewähren, sondern den Krankheitserreger auch noch mit Nährstoffen...[more]

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