News - 2018

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Plant scientists discover new molecular signaling pathway

Jasmonic acid ensures that leave pores close if leaves are injured. WWU team arround Prof. Kudla involved.

Plant biologists, including Prof. Jörg Kudla from the WWU Münster have shown: A mechanical injury of plant leaves causes rapid stomatal closure. This closure process is initiated by the plant hormone jasmonic acid.

© WWU - Norbert Robers

Dandelion rubber gets ready for the market: tyre manufacturer Continental opens "Taraxagum Lab Anklam"

Research done by Prof. Dirk Prüfer and his team makes transfer possible / "Taraxagum project is an outstanding example of the way that Münster University stands for top-level research"

The foundations were laid by a team led by Prof. Dirk Prüfer at the Institute of Plant Biotechnology at Münster University with their years of research into dandelion rubber – and now tyre manufacturer Continental has officially opened its "Taraxagum Lab Anklam" research and testing laboratory in Anklam, in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

© WWU - Peter Grewer

Drei WWU-Professoren unter den meistzitierten Forschern

Zitations-Ranking 2018 von "Clarivate Analytics" veröffentlicht

Zu den weltweit meistzitierten Forschern gehören drei Professoren der WWU: Laut dem Zitations-Ranking 2018 des US-amerikanischen Konzerns "Clarivate Analytics" sind der Mediziner Frank Baumgartner, der Chemiker Frank Glorius und der Biologe Jörg Kudla dabei.

© Agustin Zsögön/Nature Biotechnology

Pioneering biologists create a new crop through genome editing

From wild plant to crop: CRISPR-Cas9 revolutionizes breeding / New tomato contains more valuable antioxidants

For the first time, researchers have created, within a single generation, a new crop from a wild plant – the progenitor of our modern tomato – by using a modern process of genome editing. Participating in the study was a team led by Prof. Jörg Kudla from the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Münster.

© WWU - Karen Zinzius

Biotechnologen entschlüsseln Struktur eines zentralen Fotosynthese-Molekülkomplexes

Mechanismus ermöglicht Pflanzen Anpassung an wechselnde Lichtbedingungen und schwankenden Energiebedarf

Pflanzen-Biotechnologen der Universitäten Münster und Queensland (Australien) haben mit einem Forscherteam die Struktur einer an der Photosynthese beteiligten Molekülverbindung visualisiert. Die Ergebnisse könnten dazu beitragen, mithilfe von einzelligen Algen künftig fossile Brennstoffe zu ersetzen.

© WWU - Jonas Giese

Plant physiologists discover new mechanism of photosynthetic regulation

German-Finnish team shows how previously unknown mechanism facilitates switchover between molecular light harvesting complexes

A German-Finnish team led by Prof. Iris Finkemeier from the University of Münster has discovered a regulatory mechanism which plays a part in photosynthesis. Plants in which the “NSI acetyltransferase” is defective can only adapt to changed light conditions to a limited extent.

© WWU - Heiner Witte

Rectorate awards Transfer Prize for two projects

Awards for Business Information Specialists and Biotechnologists / Each prize worth 10,000 euros

A brace of awards: As before, in 2016, the Rectorate of the University of Münster has again awarded two Transfer Prizes this year. One went to biotechnologist Prof. Dirk Prüfer, and the other was awarded to business information specialist Prof. Jörg Becker.

© WWU - Laura Grahn

Förderung für europäisches Verbundprojekt in der Pflanzenphysiologie

Netzwerk “ERA-CAPS“ unterstützt Konsortium um Prof. Dr. Iris Finkemeier bei Erforschung der Protein-Regulation in Pflanzenzellen

Für ein Projekt zur Erforschung der Protein-Regulation in Pflanzenzellen erhält ein Konsortium um Prof. Dr. Iris Finkemeier von der WWU etwa 850.000 Euro durch das "ERA-CAPS"-Netzwerk. Zu diesem internationalen Verbund haben sich Organisationen zur Forschungsförderung aus zehn Ländern zusammengeschlossen.