Healthier fruits through yeast extracts: How TUM researchers are employing natural substances to improve

A model system for immune defence: cells of a callus (yellow) release bioactive polyphenoles when treated with yeast extract. (Copyright: FG Obstbau / TUM)

It sounds like every gardeners dream come true: A purely organic crop protection product that safeguards apples and pears from disease without chemicals – while at the same time improving the nutritional value of the fruits. This...[more]


Chronically stressed intestines: A new mechanism has been discovered in the development of inflammatory bowel disease

Inflamed intestinal epithelial cells lose their important immune response functionality. (Copyright: D. Haller/TUM)

Inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is a lifestyle disease and on the rise. Even though the underlying cause of this condition remains unclear, scientists are one step closer to...[more]


No more barnyard doping tricks: A new test against anabolic steroid abuse in cattle feeding

The researchers in Weihenstephan investigate the influence of anabolic steroids on the growth of cattle. (Copyright: BLE / Thomas Stephan)

In Europe the use of anabolic steroids in livestock farming is forbidden, but nonetheless economically enticing. Consumers ultimately pay the price for abuse: residual steroids in meat can result in dangerous side effects ranging...[more]


Pest resistant maize: The natural resilience is in the genes

The defense mechanisms of maize are fortified using “Smart Breeding” in the greenhouses of the Center for Food and Life Sciences Weihenstephan. (Copyright: Alfons Gierl / TUM)

Maize (Zea mays) is among the most important food and fodder crops worldwide. However diseases and pests cause significant damage to harvests. Geneticists at the Center for Food and Life Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW) of the...[more]


Microcapsules for functional food: A milk protein wrapper protects probiotic microbes

A single microcapsule is filled with some 20,000 probiotic microbes that remain safely tucked away until they reach the intestines. (Copyright: Thomas Heidebach / TUM)

Food products should be tasty and filling – but healthy, too. In an attempt to give nature a helping hand, products are increasingly being enriched with vitamins, plant extracts or probiotics. Unfortunately, the health benefits...[more]

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