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03.02.2011

From cellulose to sugar: Microbiologists at the TU Muenchen aim to optimize bio-ethanol production

Plate or Tank? One can gain supply for both from maize. (Copyright: Cynthia Baldauf / istockphoto.com)

Food versus fuel - this rivalry is gaining significance against a backdrop of increasingly scarce farmland and a concurrent trend towards the use of bio-fuels. Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are helping...[more]


17.01.2011

Risky knowledge gaps: The right food supplements during pregnancy?

During pregnancy iodine and folic acid are recommended (Source: Olivier Lantzendörffer / iStockphoto.com).

Nutrients, vitamins, minerals – during pregnancy a woman’s body needs more of them. For most nutrients this increase in demand can be covered with a balanced diet. However, mothers to be should ingest some nutrients in the form...[more]


06.12.2010

Fledgling nature: Researchers looking into development of complete ecosystem

Research area “Chicken Creek” in August 2010. (Copyright: Michael Elmer / BTU Cottbus)

How do ecosystems develop? No one really knows, yet. There is however one project, unique in the world, seeking to answer this question. In a former open-pit coal mining area in Brandenburg, a surface of six hectares was...[more]


17.09.2010

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]


17.08.2010

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: iStockphoto.com / 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]


12.08.2010

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]


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