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

Photo: TUM

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]


Food process engineering: TUM researchers develop environmentally friendly process to improve storage stability of probiotics

Lactobacillus sakei, 10.000-times magnified (Bild: Jörg Groth / Blessing Biotech GmbH)

You will find them in yoghurts, muesli blends and infant formula – probiotic bacteria are rapidly gaining ground as healthy food supplements. However, the production of this “functional food” has its pitfalls: Only few probiotic...[more]


Making timber safer: TUM researchers recommend new EU standards for machine strength grading of engineered wood products

Detecting weaknesses in timber using the GOLDENEYE multisensor method (source: Martin Rattini / MiCROTEC)

Be it in houses, halls, towers or bridges – timber is a versatile and environmentally friendly construction material. In order to ensure that wooden structures are sufficiently stable for their required purpose, the timber used...[more]


Synthetic biology: TUM researchers develop novel kind of fluorescent protein

Interplay of two dyes in the biosynthetic fluorescent protein (graphics: A. Skerra / TUM)

Since the middle of the 1990s a bright green fluorescent protein has been used in research laboratories worldwide. Protein designers at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) in Weihenstephan have now taken the existing...[more]

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