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    Grafik Zuckertransport in der Pflanze

    That plants which store a lot of sugar taste sweet is a known fact. What is new, however, is that these plants also produce a greater yield and have proven to be far more resistant to cold temperatures. Why this happens to be so has now been examined more closely by scientists from the universities of Würzburg and Kaiserslautern.

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    Der Malat-aktivierte Anionenkanalstrom ähnelt in seinen elektrischen Eigenschaften (Spannungsabhängigkeit) den elektrisch erregbaren Ionenkanälen menschlicher Nervenzellen. (Abzisse:  Spannung in mV; Ordinate: Stromdichte in Picoampere/Picofarad). Im H

    An ion channel that plants use to protect themselves against drying out has been discovered by Würzburg and Zurich researchers. What is special about it is that it functions in a similar way to the ion channels found in people and animals.

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    Für die medizinische Diagnostik kommen unter anderem schwach radioaktive Substanzen zum Einsatz. Mit dieser Gammakamera lassen sie sich im Körper der Patienten nachweisen. Das Ergebnis der Messung bildet vorwiegend die Funktion eines Organs oder Organsy

    Low-level radioactive substances are used in medicine for diagnosing cancer, among other things. Progress in this area is the objective of a European project coordinated at the university hospital in Würzburg.

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    Gewaltiger Unterschied: Links eine herkömmliche Fluoreszenz-Aufnahme der 2B-Histone im Zellkern, rechts die superaufgelöste Variante, erstellt aus 10.000 Einzelaufnahmen mit der Methode dSTORM (direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy). Bilde

    Individual molecules and their dynamics can also be made visible in living cells using conventional fluorophores at a resolution of around 20 nanometers. How this is done is being revealed for the first time by researchers from Würzburg, Bielefeld, and New York in the journal “Nature Methods”.

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    Eine Tasse Espresso

    Not everyone can tolerate coffee; in some people the caffeine can even trigger symptoms of anxiety. This is down to a small variant in their genetic make-up. Its effect can however be mitigated through regular coffee consumption.

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    In Peking unterzeichneten Würzburgs Universitätspräsident Alfred Forchel und der Vize-Universitätspräsident der Peking-Universität Li Yansong die Partnerschaftsvereinbarung zwischen beiden Hochschulen. Foto: Joshua Seufert

    The University of Würzburg continues to expand its networking activities with the world’s elite institutes of higher education: it has now concluded a partnership agreement with the renowned Peking University.

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    Mit Computer-Modellierungen lassen sich die Eigenschaften elektronisch korrelierter Festkörper analysieren. Eine neue Forschergruppe, an der Physiker der Uni Würzburg beteiligt sind, will auf diesem Gebiet Fortschritte erzielen. Bild: Marcus Kollar

    A crucial role in technical progress is being assigned to correlated solids. How can the properties of these materials best be analyzed? This is the focus of a new research group involving Würzburg physicists.

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    Kämpfen nach festen Regeln als Möglichkeit zur Gewaltprävention: Wie gut das funktioniert, überprüfen Sportwissenschaftler der Uni Würzburg. Foto: Sportzentrum Uni Würzburg

    Setting youngsters with violent tendencies on a different path by encouraging them to pursue combat sports and physical experiences in a club setting – this is the goal of the new “Socius” project by the Institute of Sports Science.

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    Maisacker bei Würzburg im Juli 2010: Gerade einmal hüfthoch stehen die Pflanzen, wo sie doch schon längst übermannsgroß sein sollten. Schuld daran sind die anhaltende Hitze und Trockenheit. Wie sich Pflanzen gegen Dürre besser wappnen lassen, ist da

    36 degrees in the shade, little rain for weeks. The maize is not growing, grains are ripening too early. How can plants survive ever-lengthier periods of heat and drought unscathed? This very issue will be examined by a new Bavarian research association involving the University of Würzburg.

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    In Tokio unterzeichneten Vertreter der Universitäten Würzburg und Tokio die neue Partnerschaftsvereinbarung. Vorne die Universitätspräsidenten Junichi Hamada und Alfred Forchel; dahinter (von links) die Professoren Hiroshi Mitani, Department of Integr

    The University of Würzburg maintains contacts with the renowned University of Tokyo in a variety of areas, such as medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, and IT. This collaboration is set to flourish further, according to a new partnership agreement between the two universities.

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    Taj Mahal - beim Anblick dieses prächtigen Gebäudes denken die meisten Menschen sofort an Indien. Ansonsten ist das Wissen über Indien eher wenig ausgeprägt. Foto: André Reinhold / Pixelio.de

    A Center for Indian Studies is being set up at the University of Würzburg. The Federal Ministry of Research and Education is backing the venture with EUR 460,000.

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    Kinderhände mit verschiedenen Hautfarben. Foto: Dieter Schütz / Pixelio.de

    First-graders readily include children from other cultures in their social interaction. This is the outcome of the country’s first study into the integration of migrants in this age group. The study was coordinated by the University of Würzburg.

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    Sex in der Maisblüte: Pollenschläuche (rot gefärbt) wachsen zu den Samenanlagen, um dort die unbeweglichen männlichen Spermazellen zur Befruchtung der Eizellen freizusetzen. Bild: Universität Regensburg

    Sperm swim to egg cells and fertilize them – at least that is what happens in people. In many flowering plants, however, the sperm cells are immobile. So, how do they reach their destination? Researchers from Würzburg and Regensburg know the answer.

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    Ulrike Kutay (Foto privat)

    At present, cell biologist Ulrike Kutay still works at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Now she has received the highest-endowed international research award in Germany. Thus, Kutay is soon to continue her studies as Alexander von Humboldt professor at the University of Würzburg.

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    Eine Tumorzelle (rot) wandert durch ein Kollagengewebe (grau). (Foto: Peter Friedl)

    Tumors disappear if you inhibit the genes responsible for their formation. Previously, any suggestions as to why they behave in this way were nothing more than theories. Researchers at the University of Würzburg now present concrete evidence, confirming a long-held assumption in this matter.

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