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    The function of the plant hormone ABA and the OST1 kinase regulated by ABA during the evolution of land plants (modified according to 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.

    The pictures show a plant root, which is populated by the fungus Piriformospora indica. The green colour reveals where the protein FBG1 is located. (Pictures: 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".

    The bacterial RNA universe: The structures of the different regulatory RNA molecules are shown left, their preferred protein binding partners on the right. (Picture: 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.

    Jörg Vogel (l.), founding director of the new Helmholtz Institute, and Dirk Heinz, Scientific Manager of the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research. (photos: 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.


    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.

    Allatostatin A-producing cells in the nervous system and midgut (magenta) and genetic labeling (green) in fruit flies. (Photo: Team 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.