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Flavor research for consumer protection - Flavorings containing benzaldehyde can develop benzene under the influence of light

[Translate to english:] Aromaforschung für den Verbraucherschutz

In 2013, the Stiftung Warentest found harmful benzene in drinks with cherry flavor. But how did the substance get into the drinks? Was the source benzaldehyde, an essential component of the cherry flavoring? And if so, how could...[more]


Rainforests absorb less CO2 - bioscientist warns against an acceleration of climate change

The rainforest suffers from climate change.

Tropical forests provide medicine, food, shelter and water for people and currently play a major role as a carbon sink by removing anthropogenic carbon emissions from the atmosphere and storing it in their biomass . Rainforests...[more]


A molecular map for the plant sciences - First comprehensive map of the proteome of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana

Plants are essential for life on earth. They provide food for essentially all organisms, oxygen for breathing, and they regulate the climate of the planet. Proteins play a key role in controlling all aspects of life including...[more]


Preserved and fresh - Neutrons show the details of the drying process during freeze drying

Evaluating the data of the freeze drying experiments.

Freeze drying has provided us with tasty dried fruits in muesli, long-life yoghurt cultures and many other important products. For the first time, using neutron beams from the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) research neutron...[more]


Eat or be eaten - Biodiversity increases the efficiency of energy use in grasslands

Aerial photo of the Jena Experiment in 2016

Plants obtain their energy from the sun. Other beings rely on eating to survive. Yet how does the energy flow inside ecosystems function and are there differences between ecosystems with many species in comparison to those with...[more]


Looking beyond the horizon - new Master's programme combines agricultural and life sciences

In the Master's programme Agricultural Biosciences, knowledge from the animal and plant sciences is taught.

The new Master's programme in Agricultural Biosciences combines the different disciplines of the agricultural and life sciences in a unique form and creates excellent conditions for committed young scientists. The application...[more]


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