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Aphids puncture the phloem vessels of plants. They can be used as biosensors for measuring electrical signals.

Do plants have some kind of nervous system? This is difficult to establish as there are no suitable measurement methods around. Plant researchers from Würzburg used aphids for this purpose – and discovered that plants respond differently to different kinds of damage.

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An expert in maths didactics, Hans-Georg Weigand works on further enhancing calculators for use in classrooms.

The new ClassPad Mathe calculator brings state-of-the-art technology to classrooms. Professor Hans-Georg Weigand from the University of Würzburg develops and evaluates such calculators in collaboration with Casio Europe GmbH.

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Professor Samuel Kounev (right) and doctoral student Simon Spinner.

With the Google Research Award, Professor Samuel Kounev and his team of scientists have won a prestigious award that comes with a high prize money. Their project on more efficient server utilisation was chosen out of 800 other applicants from 48 countries.

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The Hans Haffner Observatory in Hettstadt, a facility jointly operated by the University of Würzburg and the association "Naturwissenschaftliches Labor für Schüler am FKG".

Pupils, teachers, students and scientists observe the cosmos together at the Hans Haffner Observatory in Hettstadt near Würzburg. The school and university observatory is set to be extended in spring 2016.

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Klaus Brehm, tapeworm researcher at the JMU, has won the Memento Research Award.

Tapeworm expert, Professor Klaus Brehm and his team from the University of Würzburg, have won the EUR 5,000 Memento Research Award in honour of their fight against neglected diseases.

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Dead Rose

How do people cope with losing a beloved one? Psychologists from the University of Würzburg have investigated this question in a new study including more than 500 participants. Their results correct some common misconceptions about grieving.

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Hakan Kayal with a model of the nanosatellite that is set to be launched into orbit in 2019 within the scope of the SONATE mission.

The University of Würzburg has two new space projects in the pipeline which are concerned with the observation of planets and autonomous fault correction aboard satellites. The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy funds the projects with around 1.6 million euros.

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Dr. Grzegorz Sumara

A European Research Council grant worth around 1.5 million Euros has been awarded to Dr. Grzegorz Sumara, a biologist from Würzburg (Germany). It supports his outstanding research proposal about the widespread disease obesity.

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Christian Schneider, Viktoria Däschlein-Geßner, Grzegorz Sumara, Barbara Händel

Four scientists from the University of Würzburg are receiving "Starting Grants" from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC awards the grant to excellent up-and-coming researchers. The scientists each receive 1.5 million euros for their work.

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Unique: Nine different cell structures were fluorescence labelled at once to become distinguishable under the microscope.

Advance in biomedical imaging: The University of Würzburg's Biocenter has enhanced fluorescence microscopy to label and visualise up to nine different cell structures simultaneously.

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Bedbugs and their offspring.

An international team of scientists has managed to sequence the genome of the bedbug. Among them are neurogeneticists from the University of Würzburg's Biocenter. They studied genes that control the circadian clock, secretion and moulting processes.

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Dr. Elmar Wolf at his desk in the University of Würzburg's Biocenter.

Molecular biologist Elmar Wolf is interested in proteins which are responsible for the uncontrolled growth of many tumour types. Now the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG) has approved a new Emmy Noether Junior Research Group.

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Plants can do maths

01/21/2016
Insect on a Venus flytrap – it has not snapped shut yet.

The carnivorous Venus flytrap carefully plans its meals: It can count how often it is touched by an insect to calculate the digestive effort. This discovery has been made by plant scientists of the University of Würzburg.

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A new method developed at the University of Würzburg allows researchers to shed light on the details of what happens in pathogens and affected host cells during an infection. The image shows human cells (red/blue) infected with Salmonella (green).

A new approach pioneered by researchers at the University of Würzburg may prove to be a big step forward in the study of the molecular basis of infectious diseases. For the first time, the scientists have shown in detail which genes are activated or repressed in both the pathogen and in the host cell during an infection. The results are published in the journal Nature.

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BOECs tube formation showing vasculogenesis ability.

Fighting haemophilia A, a bleeding disorder, with the body's own cells: That is the goal of a new international research consortium led by scientists from Würzburg. The EU funds the project with around €5.5 million.

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