Even moderate zinc deficiency is bad for digestion: A diet lacking in zinc is detrimental to human and animal health

As the trace element zinc only exists in small amounts in an organism, it has to be consumed by way of nutrition. (Photo: iStock/davidf)

The trace element zinc has an impact on the essential metabolic functions of most living organisms. New research carried out by the Chair of Animal Nutrition at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has found that even minimal...[more]


"Does beer even have to be liquid?": Interview with Professor Thomas Becker

Professor Thomas Becker testing the properties of a fresh brew in the TUM research brewery. (Photo: TUM/ A. Heddergott)

Professor Thomas Becker of the Chair of Brewing and Beverage Technology at Technical University of Munich (TUM) on the discussion surrounding the Reinheitsgebot – the German beer purity law –, the latest research projects and the...[more]


Neurobiology: The neural basis of vocal learning

In terms of vocal learning humans and bats have much in common. In a new international project, neurobiologists Uwe Firzlaff from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Lutz Wiegrebe from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität...[more]


Regional seed material performs better

[Translate to english:] Die Acker-Witwenblume (Knautia arvensis) zeigt ausgeprägte genetische Unterschiede zwischen Nord- und Süddeutschland und zusätzlich noch regionale Anpassung. (Foto: Walter Durka)

Colorful and extensively used meadows and pastures provide valuable habitats for many plant and animal species. However, they have become very rare. In order to re-establish such grasslands, the plants they contain must be sown....[more]


Nature conservation areas no haven for butterflies

What do the brimstone, meadow brown and small heath butterfly species have in common? All of them are rather habitat specialists, with no specific ecological demands, they tend to have modest requirements when it comes to...[more]


Obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically inherited

“The results showed that both oocytes and sperm passed on epigenetic information, which particularly in the female offspring led to severe obesity,” said Prof. Johannes Beckers. (Photo: Fotolia/ cervis)

Diet-induced obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically inherited by the offspring via both oocytes and sperm. Scientists from Technical University of Munich in collaboration with researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the...[more]

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