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Urban trees are growing faster worldwide: International study on the impact of climate change on tree growth

For the study, samples of heartwood from trees in major cities such as here in Vietnam's capital Hanoi were taken and analyzed. (Photo: TUM)

Trees in metropolitan areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas worldwide since the 1960s. This has been confirmed for the first time by a study on the impact of the urban heat island effect on tree growth headed...[more]


Ghana's pineapple farmers need more intensive training: More effective know-how training for sustainable agriculture

Establishing sustainable agriculture is the goal for pineapple cultivation in Ghana. This reduces the irreversible damage to the soil, increases its fertility and, in the end, also yields and income. (Photo: TUM/ D. Wüpper)

Simple technologies can be learned effectively through imitation, while complex methods require professional training. If Ghanaian pineapple farmers are to achieve higher yields through more sustainable agriculture, they will...[more]


7.5 million Dollar for the exploration of the colon: TUM is part of an international consortium to investigate colon functions

The large intestine - here highlighted dark - is an important part of the digestive tract: If his nervous system is disturbed, this causes chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. (Picture: Pixabay / Elionas2)

Professor Michael Schemann from the Department of Human Biology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is part of a consortium that intends to investigate the role of nerves in normal and diseased colon functions over the...[more]


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]


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