Plant breeding, patience and molecular biology: Researchers at the TU Muenchen aim to make good strawberries even better

The strawberry varieties Elsanta, Senga sengana (pictured) and Calypso serve as control groups. Certain genes are investigated with techniques of molecular biology. (Copyright: Ruth Habegger / TUM)

Small, red, delicious: Strawberries are among the most popular fruits in Germany. For us consumers the season is over, but the research team of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) deals with the red fruit the whole year...[more]


How the storehouses of cells are formed: TUM researchers discover a new protein crucial in the formation of plant vacuoles

To bite an apple destroys the plants' vacuoles. (Copyright: / Sandor Kacso)

Bite into a sour apple and you destroy them – plant cell vacuoles. Even though these vacuoles make up the largest volume of plant cells, only little was known about how these cellular storehouses form and how the substances...[more]


Hope for effective drugs for patients: Researchers at TUM are on the trail of causes of irritable bowel syndrome

transection of the gut wall (Copyright: Michael Schemann / TUM)

Irritable bowel syndrome makes life miserable for those affected - at least ten percent of the population. And what really rankles with many of them is that they are often labeled as hypochondriacs, since physical causes for...[more]


Environmental protection for China’s agriculture: Green WindowsTUM technology could reduce nitrogen runoff

Nitrogen measurement on a wheat field (Copyright: Yuncai Hu / TUM)

Eutrophication is a wide-spread problem in China’s lakes and rivers. In particular, the tons of nitrogen that are applied as agricultural fertilizers year after year are contributing to this disruption of freshwater ecosystems....[more]


Metabolic fingerprints: Clues for a new kind of investigation

Detailed information about the test person's metabolism is needed before researchers can start their studies in Metabolomics: for example the determination of the basic metabolic rate. (Copyright: ZIEL / TUM)

The old excuse, “I am only overweight because of my genes,” is suddenly gaining credibility as researchers uncover ever more evidence that the way our bodies digest and process nutrients in the food we eat is different for every...[more]


A resourceful approach to climate research: Alpine ibex horns and old hay shed light on how grassland reacts to climate change

In ibex' horns one can find isotopic information about the water use of plants the animal has eaten. (Copyright: / Steeve Roche).

How do plant ecosystems react to rising concentrations of the greenhouse gas CO2 in the atmosphere over the long term? This fundamental question is becoming increasingly pressing in light of global climate change. Researchers...[more]

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