Risky knowledge gaps: The right food supplements during pregnancy?

During pregnancy iodine and folic acid are recommended (Source: Olivier Lantzendörffer /

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]


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]


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]

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