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03.02.2018

Ecuador: Deforestation destroys more dry forest than climate change – Study compares dry forest losses due to land use change or global warming

Most of Ecuador's dry forests are located in the southwest of the country, in the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena region. (Photo: Carlos I. Espinosa/UTPL)

Tropical forests all over the world are at risk. Two of the main threats are the deforestation for arable land and climate change. Scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Thünen-Institute compared the losses due...[more]


02.02.2018

Insect die-off: Even common species are becoming rare

Hawkblossom Polyommatus icarus, one of the most common blue owls with rapidly declining populations. (Photo: J. Habel/ TUM)

Together with their colleagues from the Senckenberg German Entomological Institute, scientists of Technical University of Munich (TUM) were able to show that currently widespread insects are threatened with a serious decline in...[more]


12.01.2018

Species identification in the water bottle: Which water body conditions influence environmental DNA analysis?

Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect aquatic organisms without having to catch them: Bernhard Stoeckle (right) fetches a water bottle with liquid from a stream. On the left next to him Sebastian Beggel, while Prof. Jürgen Geist is waiting for the rehearsals. (Photo: A. Heddergott/ TUM)

Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect water organisms without having to capture them first. For the first time, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) systematically investigated the effect of various...[more]


Cascade utilisation is also positive for wood: Exergy Analysis Confirms Advantages of Closed-Loop Recycling of Wood

In cascade use, wood is used much more efficiently with a quota of 46 percent than in simple use. (Photo: R. Rosin / TUM)

Another ten years — that is approximately how long sustainable forestry will be able to satisfy the continuously growing demand for wood. In Germany and Europe, new concepts are therefore being discussed for more responsible and...[more]


Versatile cancer drugs: Study on the interaction of about half of human cancer inhibitors

In more than 6000 hours of mass spectrometry, the international research team analyzed the interaction of 243 clinically proven inhibitors with hundreds of kinases. (Picture: ediundsepp/ Kuester)

Medications which block enzymes belonging to the kinase family, are among the most effective pharmaceuticals for targeted cancer therapies. Scientists at the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) at the Technical University of Munich...[more]


Loss of species destroys ecosystems: The "Jena Experiment" – 15 years of biodiversity research in review

Due to its breadth, the Jena experiment proves for the first time that a loss of biodiversity has negative consequences for many individual components and processes in ecosystems. (Photo: The Jena Experiment)

How serious is the loss of species globally? Are material cycles in an ecosystem with few species changed? In order to find this out, the "Jena Experiment" was established in 2002, one of the largest biodiversity experiments...[more]


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