Researchers discover vaccine to strengthen the immune system of plants.<address>© Sruthi Sreekumar</address>
© Sruthi Sreekumar

Deciphering the sugar code

Like animals and humans, plants possess a kind of immune system. Researchers of the University of Münster now found that plants can react to a certain pattern in chitosan, stimulating their immune system. Their results are published in JACS (Journal of the American Chemical Society).

<address>© Kyle Glenn - Unsplash</address>
© Kyle Glenn - Unsplash

Humboldt Day: Hans-Christian Pape on international cooperation and exchanges

To mark the first Humboldt Day on 30 January at the University of Münster, Prof Hans-Christian Pape, president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and researcher at Münster University, talks in this interview about international academic mobility, the University’s Research Alumni Strategy and the importance of the financial support provided by the Humboldt Foundation.

Emotional styles of language – whether aggressive or enthusiastic – can harm science communicators’ trustworthiness as well as the credibility of their arguments.<address>© ivector -</address>
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When discussions become emotional

Emotional language styles – whether aggressive or enthusiastic – can damage the trustworthiness of science communicators and the credibility of their arguments. In a guest commentary, Dr. Lars König describes the results of two studies of the interdisciplinary DFG (German Research Foundation) Research Training Group “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World”.


Ion channels in a tumour cell, dyed with a selective fluorescent probe. On the right: a 300 percent enlargement.<address>© Münster University/Chembion - Kathrin Brömmel</address>
© Münster University/Chembion - Kathrin Brömmel

"Our vision is to provide interdisciplinary training for the doctoral students"

“Chembion” is a new Research Training Group at the University of Münster starts work on January 27. It was approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Chembion spokesman Prof Bernhard Wünsch from the Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medical Chemistry at the University of Münster explains the challenges involved in this interview.

Researchers reconstruct 500 million years of insect evolution.<address>© Created by R. M. Waterhouse, Nutzung lizensiert CC BY 4.0</address>
© Created by R. M. Waterhouse, Nutzung lizensiert CC BY 4.0

Researchers reconstruct 500 million years of insect evolution

What genetic mechanisms are responsible for the evolutionary success of arthropods, which also include insects, for example? A team of international researchers studied these species and tracked the evolutionary origin of key adaptations over 500 million years. The study was published in the journal "Genome Biology".

At the Sino-German Cooperation Conference, representatives of Chinese institutions showed a great deal of interest in an exchange of information and experience with Münster University’s press officer, Norbert Robers (left).<address>© private</address>
© private

China cannot be ignored

Also at the University of Münster, numerous scientists, institutes and departments have maintained intensive contacts with China for many years. Not least because China has already set out to become a world leader in science. However, diplomats recommend great sensitivity in the exchange of knowledge.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Günthner<address>© WWU - Julia Harth</address>
© WWU - Julia Harth

"The clash of traditions and belief in progress is fascinating"

Dr. Susanne Günthner, a Professor of German, is an expert on China and has been head of the Department of German Studies’ Partnership with Xi’an International Studies University since 2017. In an interview she talks about the Chinese interest in German studies, the working conditions at Chinese universities and the differences between the university systems.

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© - peshkova

"The universities of Twente and Münster complement each other perfectly"

The Universities of Twente and Münster have maintained a close partnership for many years. Now they want to deepen their strategic partnership and identify further cooperation and strengthen existing research networks. A three-part series highlights special features and plans of the partnership. Part II: Start-up culture and entrepreneurship.

The dinosaurs must have died because of an asteroid impact.<address>© Adobe Stock/ boscorelli</address>
© Adobe Stock/ boscorelli

Dinosaurs died because of an asteroid impact

Was it volcanic eruptions in western India or an asteroid impact that caused the death of dinosaurs and many other animal species 66 million years ago? An international research team as now presented evidence for the theory of the meteorite impact. Researchers at Münster University were also involved in the study, which was published in the journal "Science".

Study author Kalipada Jana<address>© privat</address>
© privat

Chemists allow boron atoms to migrate

Organic molecules with atoms of the semi-metal boron are important building blocks for synthesis products to produce drugs and agricultural chemicals. However, the boron unit is often lost during the conversion of substances. Chemists at Münster University are now presenting carbon-carbon couplings in which the boron atom is retained.

The researchers from Münster and Bielefeld emphasize that attention and trust towards juvenile offenders are often more effective than harsh sentences.<address>© Papaioannou Kostas - Unsplash</address>
© Papaioannou Kostas - Unsplash

Researchers present results of long-term study "Crime in the modern City"

The criminologist Prof. Klaus Boers (University of Münster) and the sociologist Prof. Jost Reinecke (University of Bielefeld) have presented the results of their long-term study "Crime in the modern city". The scientists have observed and analysed the delinquency behaviour of around 3,000 people for almost 20 years.

From left to right: University&#039;s Rector Prof. Johannes Wessels , Dr. Christoph Hoppenheit (UKM), Dean Prof. Frank-Ulrich Müller, Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Prof. Hugo Van Aken (UKM), Mayor Markus Lewe, District President Dorothee Feller and Dr. Theodor Windhorst (Medical Association).<address>© MFM - Erk Wibberg</address>
© MFM - Erk Wibberg

Ground-breaking ceremony for "Research Campus East"

At a traditional ground-breaking ceremony today (January 16), building work began officially on a large-scale project worth millions at Coesfelder Kreuz – the so-called Research Campus East, where a large number of researchers from a variety of disciplines from Münster’s Medical Faculty will be working in future.

NRW Science Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (l.), Rector Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels (2nd from left) and Academy President Prof. Wolfgang Löwer (r.) congratulated Dr. Lena Frischlich.<address>© AWK NRW - Andreas Endermann</address>
© AWK NRW - Andreas Endermann

Young College admits Dr. Lena Frischlich

As first communication scholar since its foundation in 2006, Dr. Lena Frischlich from the University of Münster has been accepted for the prestigious Young College ("Junges Kolleg") of the North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of Science and Arts (AWK NRW). As head of the junior research group "DemoRESILdigital", she deals with manipulative online communication at the Münster University

Dr. Ashish Arora in the lab experimenting with laser light<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Physicist Ashish Arora does research in high magnetic fields – a lab visit

The diameter of a hair, but a hundred thousand times thinner – the products made by Dr. Ashish Arora and his colleagues in the laboratories of the Institute of Physics are difficult to imagine for outsiders. The materials they deal with on a daily basis hold a world record because they consist of a single layer of atoms, the smallest building blocks of nature.

Ultrahigh vacuum system for research at CeNTech<address>© CeNTech</address>
© CeNTech

CeNTech convinces as a "public-private partnership" institution

According to current statistics from the journal "Nature", the Center for Nanotechnology (CeNTech), a joint institution of Münster University and the City of Münster, is the second most powerful "public-private partnership" institution in high-tech research worldwide.

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