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Today’s challenges – Tomorrow's research and teaching

The 21st century faces numerous challenges: global warming, population explosion, food security and dwindling fossil fuel reserves are the crises of our time. Addressing these challenges will require cutting-edge research – both fundamental and applied. As a discipline encompassing this entire spectrum of issues, from food production to the supply of biogenetic raw materials through to the preservation of livable environments, the life sciences will play a leading role in these efforts.

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Technical Innovations Based on Nature: Ten years Bionics Center at TUM

The first prototype of a shading element for buildings based on the tulip blossom, which was developed at the Professorship for Architectural Design and Building Envelope. (© Carla Baumann)

The "Leonardo da Vinci Center for Bionics" was established over a decade ago at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Since then, the cross-faculty research platform has been promoting the technical development and design of...[more]


Preservation of floodplains is flood protection: TUM study gets to the bottom of rivers

The throughflow is decisive for the bottom of a body of water and the chance to change the course of the river creates habitat. (Photo: TUM/J. Geist)

The silting of rivers and streams leads to problems for fish, mussels, and other aquatic organisms because their habitats disappear. However, not only intensive agriculture and erosion are destroying these habitats. Now a study...[more]


How forest fires spoil wine: Formation of unwanted aromas in wine explained

The drier the summer, the more often there are forest fires as seen in the photo of summer 2017 in Southern Italy in the region Basilicata. When vineyards are nearby, the vine takes up the smoky aromas, which can only be ascertained in the finished product. (Photo: iStock / Angelafoto)

If wine is cultivated in an area where forest fires occur more often, such as in Australia or Southern Italy, aromas that make the alcoholic drink unpalatable can develop in the finished product. Until now, it wasn't known why...[more]


Bioengineered livers mimic natural development: Scientists discover that three-dimensional liver buds grown in a dish from stem cells mimic the molecular signatures observed during the natural development of human liver

The treatment of liver disease in the final stage is the liver transplantation. But the number of donated livers is limited. A main goal of regenerative medicine is therefore to produce human tissues that form functioning three-dimensional liver diverticuli. (Photo: Fotolia/Yodiyim)

How do cells work together and use their genome to develop into human liver tissue? An international research team from the Max Planck Institute, headed by Prof. Barbara Treutlein from the Technical University of Munich (TUM),...[more]


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