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    Die Funktion des Pflanzenhormons ABA und der von ABA regulierten Kinase OST1 während der Evolution der Landpflanzen (verändert nach McAdam et al., 2016, PNAS).

    Sex determination, dormancy, water balance: The phytohormone abscisic acid has branched out in the process of evolution. An international research team presents new insights on this subject in the science journal PNAS.

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    Die Bilder zeigen eine Pflanzenwurzel, die vom Pilz Piriformospora indica besiedelt ist. Die grüne Färbung deckt auf, an welchen Stellen sich das Protein FBG1 befindet. (Bild: Stephan Wawra)

    A newly discovered protein from a fungus is able to suppress the innate immune system of plants. This has been reported by research teams from Cologne and Würzburg in the journal "Nature Communications".

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    Das RNA-Universum der Bakterien: Links die Strukturen verschiedener regulatorischer RNA-Moleküle, rechts deren bevorzugte Protein-Bindungsparter. (Bild: Alexandre Smirnov)

    Pathogenic bacteria use small RNA molecules to adapt to their environment. Infection researchers from Würzburg have now pinpointed a protein involved in regulating the activity of these molecules.

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    Jörg Vogel (l.), Gründungsdirektor des neuen Helmholtz-Instituts, und Dirk Heinz, wissenschaftlicher Geschäftsführer des Helmholtz-Zentrums für Infektionsforschung. (Fotos: JMU / HZI)

    Now it's official: The Helmholtz Association has resolved to establish a Helmholtz Institute at the University of Würzburg. The new spin-off will focus on researching infectious diseases and new therapies.

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    On 7 October, Secretary of State Bernd Sibler inaugurated the new building to accommodate the Center for Nanosystems Chemistry (CNC) of the University of Würzburg. The centre will provide ideal conditions for the staff of Professor Frank Würthner to develop innovative concepts of harnessing solar energy among other research activities.

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    Allatostatin A-herstellende Zellen im Gehirn und Mitteldarm der Taufliege (magenta) und genetische Markierung (grün). (Foto: AG Wegener)

    Neurogeneticists from the University of Würzburg have discovered a peptide in Drosophila that has a strong impact on the fly's feeding and sleeping habits. At the same time, it is associated with the insects' circadian clock.

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