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).
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 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”.
“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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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".
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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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