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Schematic representation of the coherent control of a spin defect (red) in an atomic layer of boron nitride. Boron nitride consists of boron (yellow spheres) and nitrogen (blue spheres) and lies on a stripline. The spin defect is excited by a laser and its state is read out via photoluminescence. The qubit can be manipulated both by microwave pulses (light blue) of the stripline and also by a magnetic field.

Spin Defects Under Control

During drought, the signalling molecule GABA is produced and inhibits the opening of leaf pores (left). If the enzyme GAD2, which converts glutamate to GABA, is genetically switched off, the pores remain open even during drought - the plants lose more water (centre). If the gene for GAD2 is reintroduced into the closing cells, the defect is reversed. The experiment shows that the sphincter cells autonomously perceive stress and react to it with GABA production.

Plants Remember Drought

Violet light triggers a signalling chain in the light sensor protein switch-Cyclop, blue or green light stops the chain. At the end, the production of the signalling molecule cGMP is regulated by the enzyme guanylyl cyclase (GC).

Optogenetics: Light Regulates an Enzyme

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Science in Motion

In our series ‘Science in Motion ’, we present the people behind the cutting-edge research at the Julius-Maximilian-University of Würzburg (JMU). In this episode, RNA researcher and biochemist Jörg Vogel takes us to HIRI - the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research.

Cluster of Excellence

The Cluster of Excellence  ‘Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter ’ investigates topological and complex quantum materials as well as their potential applications.