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In temperate latitudes, the circadian clock of the fruit fly follows a clear rhythm. Animals that live near the poles in contrast exhibit a highly arrhythmic behaviour.

Circadian clocks coordinate the organism to the alternating cycles of day and night. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have studied how these clocks work in polar regions where days or nights can last for weeks.

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Radar can be used to survey the diversity of species in forests. The picture shows a complex mixed mountain forest.

With freely available radar data from satellites, biodiversity in forests can be analysed very well. In Nature Communications, researchers report that biodiversity even of tiny insects can be reliably modelled from space.

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Honorary doctorate for Ekhard Salje (2nd from left). Group photo (from left) Roland Baumhauer, Alfred Forchel, and Lisa Salje.

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Würzburg awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor Ekhard Salje, the long-standing chair of the university council, in recognition of his scientific achievements and committed work.

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A new approach against cancer: Vaccinia viruses (green) fight tumour cells. (Photo: AG Szalay)

Scientists at the newly established Cancer Therapy Research Centre of the University of Würzburg are working to develop new therapies to fight cancer. Their efforts get financial support from the Hope Realized Medical Foundation.

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A pantaloon bee with pollen baskets visiting blue weed: multiple bee species contribute to pollination services in agricultural landscapes.

Around 20 percent of the world's agricultural areas yields less than it did 20 years ago. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, humans are the culprit: we have not done enough to protect biodiversity.

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Tuberculosis is a highly contagious infectious disease that is typically spread through aerosols and mainly affects the lungs. Every year, an estimated 1.7 million people worldwide die from such an infection.

Researchers at the University of Würzburg and the Spanish Cancer Research Centre have gained new insights into the pathogen that causes tuberculosis. The work published in Nature provides the basis for a new approach in antibiotic therapy.

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Pflanzen schützen sich vor Pilzen und anderen Krankheitserregern (Pathogenen), indem sie ihre Stomata verschließen.

Using special receptors, plants recognize when they are at risk of fungal infection. This new finding could help cultivate resistant crops and reduce pesticide usage.

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Spruces killed by bark beetles in the Bavarian Forest National Park

Removing dead trees from the forests and reforesting on a large scale: this is the German Federal Government's strategy against "Forest Dieback 2.0". Ecologists from the University of Würzburg call for other solutions.

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Man, sitting under a tree, taking a nap

External stimuli can rearrange the hierarchy of neuronal networks and influence behaviour. This was demonstrated by scientists from the universities of Würzburg and Brandeis using the circadian clock of the fruit fly as an example.

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