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    JMU's Main building. (Photo: Daniel Peter)

    The University of Würzburg ranks among the top contributors to "Nature" journals: It's among the 100 highest performing institutions worldwide and among the top four in Germany. The University also belongs to a leading group in the U-Multirank.

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    The surface of the enzyme levansucrase has been redesigned to produce sugar polymers. (Picture: AK Seibel)

    Chemists have modified the enzyme levansucrase using a new method. The enzyme can now produce sugar polymers that are exciting for applications in the food industry and medicine.

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    Mareike Huhn diving for her research. (Photo: Felix Mehlhaus)

    Mareike Huhn studied biology in Würzburg. Today she lives and researches on the Banda Islands, an archipelago in the Indonesian Maluku Islands. Encounters with hammerhead sharks and manta rays makes living there worthwhile for her.

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    Targeting Platelets

    05/25/2018
    Emerging platelets (white arrows) are buded off by their progenitor cells, the megakaryocytes. Here the cytoskeletal components tubulin (green) and actin (red) and the nucleus (blue) are colored. (Picture: Rudolf Virchow Center)

    New Collaborative Research Centre for Würzburg and Tübingen: The aim is to decode the insufficiently understood functions of platelets. These blood cells are likely to be involved in many more diseases than previously thought.

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    Microscopic colour image showing cells with normal (green dots) and abnormal (yellow dots) stress granules. (Photo: Buchberger team)

    When cells become stressed, they activate specific response patterns. Würzburg researchers have identified new details of these responses, which can help to get a better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.

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    The ground beetle Copper Greenclock (Poecilus cupreus). (photo: Fabian Bötzl)

    A high abundance of flowering grasslands in agricultural landscapes is beneficial: These grasslands provide shelter for predatory beetles and spiders and help farmers control pests.

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    Ants do not always take the shortest route when they are in a hurry. Their navigational system occasionally makes them take detours to speed up their journey.

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    The effects of climate change are felt especially in the Alps. How capable are insects, which are important pollinators, of adjusting to this development? A new junior research group is looking into this question.

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    Teresa Deckert

    Teresa Deckert studied Political and Social Studies at the University of Würzburg. Today she is promoting sustainable behaviour in Essen.

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    Artistic representation of several microtubules, gliding through the optical near field of a nanostructured gold surface.

    Physicists from Dresden and Würzburg have developed a novel method for optical microscopy. Using biological motors and single quantum dots, they acquire ultra-high-resolution images.

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    Desert ants (Cataglyphis) at the nest entrance.

    Desert ants use the Earth's magnetic field for orientation, a new study has found which was conducted by scientists of the University of Würzburg. This provides ants the cue to find their way back to the nest.

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    Processes in a leaf pore (stoma) of grasses. When the leaves open and close, a shuttle service takes ions to and fro between guard cells and subsidiary cells. (Picture: Dietmar Geiger)

    Cereal is much more drought-tolerant than other plants. Researchers from Würzburg have now found out why that is so. Their insight could help breed crops that are more resistant to drought.

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    Frank Würthner

    Würzburg chemist, Frank Würthner, has been awarded an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council worth EUR 2.5 million. He wants to use the money to push the conversion of solar energy to fuel.

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    Krischan Lehmann

    A non-stop party occasionally interrupted by study: This is how Krischan Lehmann remembers his time at the University of Würzburg. Today, he is in charge of the digital section of multimedia company Condé Nast in Munich.

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