news 2011

Environment - Sep 28
Environment
Orchids may be decorative, but many orchid species are also threatened by land conversion and illegal harvesting. However, only a fraction of those species are included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, because assessments require a lot of time, resources and expertise. A new approach, an automated assessment developed under the lead of biodiversity researchers from Central Germany, now shows that almost 30 per cent of all orchid species are possibly threatened.
Environment - Sep 28
Environment

Agroecologists from Göttingen University compare pesticides, fertilisers, manual pollination and farming costs in Indonesia.

Pharmacology - Sep 25
Pharmacology

Nanoparticles with synthetic DNA can control release of drugs - Medications often have unwanted side-effects.

Life Sciences - Sep 28
Life Sciences

As the developers of 2-n-way, Dr. Jürgen Schmitz, Dr. Liliya Doronina, Norbert Grundmann, Fengjun Zhang and Dr. Gennady Churakov (from left) are delighted at the publication of their project in the specialist press.

Physics - Sep 24
Physics

If the spins of phosphorus atoms in silicon are cleverly excited with microwave pulses, a so-called spin echo signal can be detected after a certain time.


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Life Sciences - Health - 07.01.2011
The Import Business of Cellular Power Plants Freiburg Scientists Reveal Newly Discovered Communication Path in Cells
Scientists from Freiburg's two Excellence Institutions Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (BIOSS) and Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM) have discovered a new signaling path in cells: a mechanism which enables the transport of proteins into mitochondria to be adjusted depending on the current metabolic state of the cell.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 07.01.2011
Proteins Need Chaperones
Freiburg Biochemist Describes Newly Discovered Processes in Production of Proteins in 'Nature' Freiburg, 07.01.2011 The chaperone ZRF1 helps the ribosome to regulate protein synthesis. A new study shows that it also participates in the regulated translation of DNA segments into transcripts in the nucleus.

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