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    Targeting platelets

    05/25/2018
    Mikroskopische Aufnahme einer Zelle, von der sich junge Blutplättchen abschnüren. (Bild: Rudolf-Virchow-Zentrum)

    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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    Farbige Mikroskopie-Aufnahmen, die Zellen mit normalen (grüne Punkte) und abnormalen (gelbe Punkte) Stressgranula zeigen. (Foto: AG Buchberger)

    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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    Der Kupferfarbene Buntgrabläufer (Poecilus cupreus). (Foto: 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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    Künstlerische Darstellung mehrerer Mikrotubuli, welche durch das optische Nahfeld einer nanostrukturierten Goldoberfläche gleiten.

    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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    Wüstenameisen am Nesteingang (Foto: Pauline Fleischmann)

    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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    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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    Honigbiene auf Kornblume

    Scientists from the University of Würzburg have investigated the impact of a new pesticide on the honeybee. In high doses, it has a negative impact on the insects' taste and cognition ability.

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    Holzfällarbeiten im Wald

    An increasing proportion of the world's protected forests are subject to extensive logging activities. The practice is called "salvage logging" and allegedly aims to protect e.g. areas of windthrow against bark beetle infestation. However, a Würzburg study has found that this instrument is used far too often.

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    Fingerabdruck der Genexpression jeder einzelnen Zelle

    Stroke and heart attack are the leading cause of death in the Western world. Würzburg scientists have used a special technique to get a clearer picture of the cells involved and their activity.

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