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Environment - 18.07.2022
Invasive gum rockrose threatens cork oaks in Portugal
Invasive gum rockrose threatens cork oaks in Portugal
Cork oaks change their water use strategy under strong competition from gum rockrose, thereby consuming less water What strategies and adaptive measures does the cork oak ( Quercus suber ) use in savanna-like ecosystems in southeastern Portugal to meet its water needs in summer and winter?

Environment - 18.07.2022
More species could be threatened with extinction than previously thought
More species could be threatened with extinction than previously thought
New experts survey considerably extends the global biodiversity knowledge by underrepresented species groups and regions On average, 30 per cent of all species worldwide have been threatened with extinction or have already become extinct over the last 500 years. This was the result of estimates by 3,331 experts working on biodiversity in 187 countries.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 15.07.2022
Urban agriculture can promote bee communities in tropical megacities
Urban agriculture can promote bee communities in tropical megacities
Research team led by Göttingen University compares biodiversity across rural and urban landscapes Urbanization is a primary threat to biodiversity. However, scientists know little about how urbanization affects biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical regions of the Global South.

Psychology - 15.07.2022
Children compensate for lack of concentration through creativity
Children compensate for lack of concentration through creativity
Study shows that children find their own solutions thanks to broad focus Children have a hard time with concentration tasks, but are often good at discovering hidden "tricks" to make the task easier. Spontaneous strategy changes help them to do this, according to a study on learning behavior in children by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Astronomy / Space Science - 14.07.2022
Neutrino Factories in Deep Outer Space
Neutrino Factories in Deep Outer Space
Neutrinos that reach our planet from the depths of the Universe originate from blazars. Astrophysicists have proven this for the first time. The Earth's atmosphere is continuously bombarded by cosmic rays. These consist of electrically charged particles of energies up to 10 20 electron volts. That is a million times more than the energy achieved in the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva.

Economics / Business - Career - 13.07.2022
Profits caused wages in the financial sector to rise
Profits caused wages in the financial sector to rise
Skills played a secondary role, shows a study by the ECONtribute Cluster of Excellence Companies share rising profits with their employees, which has led to above-average wage increases in the financial sector in recent years. This was revealed by a team led by Dr. Michael Böhm, a researcher at the ECONtribute Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bonn.

Environment - Paleontology - 13.07.2022
Martens, wolverines, skunks and red pandas - Germany was once a paradise for small carnivorans
Martens, wolverines, skunks and red pandas - Germany was once a paradise for small carnivorans
An international team of researchers reports that at least 20 species of carnivorous mammals lived 11.5 million years ago in what is now the Hammerschmiede fossil site in southern Germany. The site has been a focus of attention since the 2019 discovery of the first known ape to walk upright, Danuvius guggenmosi .

Life Sciences - 13.07.2022
A brain network for social attraction
A brain network for social attraction
Specialized nerve cells in the zebrafish visual system enable recognition of conspecifics Humans are famously social animals. But they are not alone in their tendency to team up with other individuals of the same species (conspecifics) to reach their goals. In fact, herds of mammals, flocks of birds, or shoals of fish are abundantly observed in nature.

Life Sciences - 12.07.2022
Molecular Feedback-Loop for Plant Growth
Molecular Feedback-Loop for Plant Growth
Scientists discover previously unknown mechanism that regulates the growth hormone auxin Plant growth is not a uniform process: Plants grow in length at the shoot and root tip in particular, while in other places they form new leaves or flowers. These different processes must be coordinated with each another and at the same time react to external influences such as temperature and light.

Environment - Life Sciences - 12.07.2022
Recovery of the Fin Whale in the Antarctic for the First Time
Recovery of the Fin Whale in the Antarctic for the First Time
Thanks to industrial whaling, the fin whale had become nearly extinct in the Antarctic. Now, for the first time, a research team headed by Dr. Helena Herr from Universität Hamburg has been able to show systematically that the fin whale population is recovering. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports .

Environment - Economics / Business - 12.07.2022
Ecological house construction: panels and walls made of popcorn
Ecological house construction: panels and walls made of popcorn
Researchers at the University of Göttingen develop CO2-neutral building material Affordable housing made from environmentally friendly and CO2-neutral building material: scientists at the University of Göttingen have developed a process for producing panels from hemp, flax and popcorn granules. The great advantage of this granulate is that it is a bio-based, environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to the petroleum-based or gypsum-based products previously used in industry.

Life Sciences - Health - 12.07.2022
Sperm are masters of tetris packing
Sperm are masters of tetris packing
Study sheds light on the process that plays a central role During sperm production, an enormous amount of DNA has to be packed into a very small space without breaking anything. A central role is played by certain proteins around which the DNA thread is wrapped - the protamines. A recent study by the University of Bonn provides new insights into this important mechanism.

Chemistry - 12.07.2022
Protein folding in times of oxygen deficiency
Protein folding in times of oxygen deficiency
Study investigates process by which plants stabilize the shape of protein molecules Protein molecules require a defined shape in order to function. When they are created, their building blocks are therefore linked together in a very specific way. Researchers at the University of Bonn are now taking a closer look at a key step in this process and are investigating the effects of transient oxygen starvation on protein folding in plants.

Health - 11.07.2022
Inflammatory response in blood driving factor
Inflammatory response in blood driving factor
What factors influence the life expectancy of patients with advanced gastric cancer? Scientists at Leipzig University Hospital have discovered that the body's inflammatory response is accompanied by reduced muscle quality in patients and ultimately constitutes the decisive factor for the prognosis. Their results have been published in the -Annals of Oncology-.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.07.2022
Molecules boosting plant immunity identified
Researchers identify two classes of molecules that control immune responses in plants / Publication in Science Two studies published in the journal Science by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany in collaboration with colleagues in China have discovered natural cellular molecules that drive critical plant immune responses.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 08.07.2022
Key to global food security?
Key to global food security?
International research team investigates genetic yield gaps in wheat Exploiting the genetic yield gap in wheat could significantly improve global food security. This is one of the key findings of an international study on yield gaps in wheat, in which the University of Göttingen was involved. The study, which uses a novel process-based modeling approach, also suggests that global wheat production could be doubled if wheat genotypes were better adapted to their target environment.

Environment - 07.07.2022
Climate Change has Caused a Huge Warm Pool in the Pacific
Climate Change has Caused a Huge Warm Pool in the Pacific
A team of researchers in the Cluster of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS) has just discovered a long-term, ever-warming pool of warm water. It measures 3 million square kilometers, can be traced back to human-induced rise in greenhouse gases, and provides favorable conditions for extreme heat waves in the northeast Pacific.

Computer Science - 06.07.2022
The future of encryption
The future of encryption
Cryptographic systems that even quantum computers cannot crack will soon be standard in the USA Whenever you visit a website, send an email, or do your online banking in the future, in many cases algorithms developed with the participation of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy in Bochum and the Ruhr University Bochum will be used to protect your data.

Astronomy / Space Science - 06.07.2022
Early stone tools were not rocket science
Early stone tools were not rocket science
Archaeologically excavated stone tools - some as much as 2.6 million years old - have been hailed as evidence for an early cultural heritage in human evolution. But are these tools proof that our an-cestors were already becoming human, both mentally and culturally? Dr. Claudio Tennie und William Snyder from the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology at the University of Tü-bingen have tested this traditional interpretation in a study funded by the European Re-search Council.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 06.07.2022
Biosynthesis of strychnine elucidated
Biosynthesis of strychnine elucidated
Researchers from Jena show how the poison nut tree forms strychnine A research team at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena disclosed the complete biosynthetic pathway for the formation of strychnine in the plant species Strychnos nux-vomica (poison nut). The researchers identified all genes involved in the biosynthesis of strychnine and other metabolites and expressed them in the model plant Nicotiana benthamiana .