The gut: performing into old age

Dr. Dagmar Krüger of the Department of Human Biology at TU Munich has examined more than 2200 specimens from around 450 patients with bowel disease. (Foto: Astrid Eckert / TUM)

A breakthrough in basic research and the first comprehensive study on the secretory activity of the human intestine: over a period of eight years, Dr. Dagmar Krüger of the Department of Human Biology at TU Munich has examined...[more]


Fragile bacterial community in the gut: How does the gut microbiota respond to iron replacement?

Interior view of an intestine with Crohn’s disease. (Foto: Fotolia/ Juan Gärtner)

Iron deficiency is often an issue in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. An international and interdisciplinary research group under the aegis of the ZIEL Institute for Food & Health (ZIEL) at the TU Munich has now...[more]


Temporal fluctuations in species ensure stability in ecosystems

The abundance of species is subject to natural variations (dotted lines). The mean variation of the entire community fluctuates less if the individual species are asynchronous. (Picture: Martin Goßner / TUM)

Whether an animal or plant community remains stable despite external impacts does not depend on biological diversity alone: asynchrony across the species is also a crucial factor. The more the species in an ecosystem fluctuate in...[more]


Enteric nerves of patients with irritable bowel syndrome have reduced sensitivity

For the first time, biopsies of patients with irritable bowel syndrome have shown that the nerves in their gut wall respond poorly to a cocktail of inflammatory substances. This refutes the previous theory that patients with...[more]


The Status Quo on Europe’s Mussels: First study on freshwater mussel stocks in 26 European countries

Mussels are the natural treatment plants of bodies of water and, therefore, just as important as bees. Unfortunately, they are equally threatened: most of the world’s mussel stocks are in decline and some species face extinction....[more]


Monitoring farmland biodiversity costs less than you think

Assessment of plant species in a maize field in Bavaria (Credit: Sebastian Wolfrum / TUM)

How can we monitor Europe-wide farmland biodiversity so that it makes sense to farmers, is ecologically credible and still is affordable? An international team of researchers including the Chair of Organic Agriculture and...[more]

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