Research projects at HSWT are investigating the climate-protection potential of peatlands—and are at the heart of environmental protection efforts in Bavaria’s rural landscape.
Engineers at TH Rosenheim are addressing the challenges facing wood technology with a new logistics concept, dynamic partnerships and sustainable future industry models.
In part of a recent human study led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), it was found that after eating a curry dish containing pepper, piperine - an alkaloid responsible for the pungency of pepper - was present in the milk of breastfeeding women. The findings help decipher mechanisms that shape our food preferences from infancy.
The question of the causes of species extinction confronts science with complex tasks. Dr Sarah Redlich from the Biocentre on the challenge of creating a study design.
The biodiversity of ecosystems worldwide has changed greatly under the influence of humans. A research team including Prof. Dr Manuel Steinbauer from the University of Bayreuth has studied these processes using birds on ocean islands as an example. The study published in "Science Advances" shows that the number of alien species that become newly established is often higher than the number of species that have become extinct under anthropogenic influences. However, the immigrant species cannot fully replace the diverse ecological functions of extinct species. The loss of native species therefore causes a long-term unification of ecosystems and their functions.
Floods do not stop at borders. That is why, funded by the EU, an international research consortium including the Floodplain Institute Neuburg of the Catholic Univerity Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) has investigated the potential of the renaturization of Danube floodplains in reducing the impact of extreme floods. Having examined five pilote regions, the researchers concluded that floodplains have a verifiable effect in capping flood peaks and shifting water runoff.
The weather conditions in the winter and during the transitional phases from fall to winter and winter to spring have a significant influence on the yield level of key cereal crops, such as winter barley and winter wheat. These were the findings of a research team of scientists at the Chair of Plant Nutrition at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
Tourism and urban settlement are directly linked to a massive decline in insect species on oceanic islands. Scientists from the University of Bayreuth recently discovered this through research on the Maldives. On urban islands, they documented on average 48 percent fewer insect species than on uninhabited islands, on tourist islands even 66 percent fewer insect species. The research team led by Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch at the University of Bayreuth reports on its findings in the journal "Royal Society Open Science".
Dr. Philipp Giesemann has been awarded the Isotope Prize of the Dr. Karleugen Habfast Foundation for his research work in the field of ecology and environmental research in Bayreuth. The foundation awards this prize every two years for outstanding research work in the field of "Application of Stable Isotopes". The awarding of the prize, which is endowed with € 3,000, took place during the virtual annual meeting of the German Association of Stable Isotope Research 2021.
The coronavirus pandemic has the whole world focused on the issue of viruses as a cause of disease. However, it is not only humans and animals that are plagued by viral pathogens, trees can suffer a similar fate. Researchers from several institutions, led by Prof. Dr. Susanne Jochner-Oette, are now investigating how an infection with the plant virus affects ash trees, whose population has already been suffering severe damage from a fungal disease in recent years. Professor Jochner-Oette holds the professorship of Physical Geography/Landscape Ecology and Sustainable Ecosystem Development at the KU.