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10. Jun. 2021
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Sun light heats up plant evolution - Climate change and ice ages bestow new species on evening primroses

How do different species actually develop? So far, we know that in many living organisms there is an incompatibility between the...

28. Jan. 2021
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How plants stabilize their water pipes: New techniques allow live-observation of forming cell walls in the vascular tissue

Plants, especially trees, are by far the tallest organisms on Earth. Height growth is made possible by a specialized vascular system that conducts water from the roots to the leaves with high efficiency, while simultaneously providing stability. The so-called xylem, also known as wood, is a network of hollow cells with extremely strong cell walls that reinforce the cells against the mechanical conflicts arising from growing tall. These walls wrap around the cells in filigree band and spiral patterns. So far, it is only partly known, how these patterns are created. Dr. René Schneider from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Dr. Kris van't Klooster from Wageningen University and their colleagues study the formation of such reinforced and patterned cell walls. Their results have been published in Nature Communication.
21. Jan. 2021
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Getting shapes into numbers

In nature, many things have evolved that differ in size, color and, above all, in shape. While the color or size of an...

20. Jan. 2021
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Type 2 Diabetes: New Evidence Underlines the Role of Obesity in Late Complications

German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE)

A press release from the Leibniz Association

January 20th,...

10. Aug. 2020
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How Protein Protects against Fatty Liver

German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE)

News from the Leibniz Association

10. August 2020

How Protein...
31. Jul. 2020
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What we can learn from survivalists - How research on specialists can help our crops

At locations with extreme environmental conditions, the motto for organisms is: adapt or perish. In the case of plants...

29. Jul. 2020
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Genetic key to "healthy" tea - Analysis of more than 200 different tea varieties provides the basis for breeding healthy teas

Tea (Camellia sinensis) is one of the world's most popular drinks with a wide range of flavours and health benefits. Researchers...

01. Jul. 2020
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The recipe for successful life on land

One of the most significant events in the history of life on Earth took place about 500 million years ago, when a...

13. May. 2020
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T6P - the “insulin” of the plants - How a small molecule influences sugar metabolism in plants

In a process known as photosynthesis, plants use the energy of...

19. Jul. 2019
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Regulation of root growth from afar: How genes from leaf cells affect root growth.

Plants possess diverse and complex communication channels, with good reason. Communication errors or "false news" could...

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