Like humans and animals, plants defend themselves against pathogens with the help of their immune system. But how do they activate their cellular defenses? Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now discovered that receptors in plant cells identify bacteria through simple molecular building blocks.
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In the near future we may see electric vertical take-off aircraft taking passengers to their destinations as aerial taxis high above traffic jams. But the flight system controls for these aircraft still represent a major challenge. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have applied their enormous expertise in this area to develop a control technology which is now being used in the prototype V600 from AutoFlightX.
Shortly before the curtain drops on the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones” (GoT), students attending a computer science seminar at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) embarked on an unusual scientific mission: predicting which character has the best chance to sit the coveted Iron Throne.
Bacteria protect themselves from free radicals using certain natural products in their membrane. Working groups at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Goethe University in Frankfurt have now mapped the biosynthesis of aryl polyenes, the most common protective pigments
Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will be visiting several villages in Mali every six months in the future. They are studying entrepreneurial activities following the construction of local solar power stations. Project director Frank-Martin Belz, Professor of Corporate Sustainability, explains why the study is looking at entire families, and how the situation is reminiscent of Germany around 100 years ago.
The dark skin pigment melanin protects us from the sun’s damaging rays by absorbing light energy and converting it to heat. This could make it a very effective tool in tumor diagnosis and treatment, as demonstrated by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Helmholtz Zentrum München. The scientists managed to create melanin-loaded cell membrane derived nanoparticles, which improved tumor imaging in an animal model while also slowing the growth of the tumor.
A new Fraunhofer Institute for software technologies for cognitive systems will be led by professors from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) at the Garching research campus. Six new professorships are being created to cover the assignments of the new institute, four of which will be at TUM. The institute is being created as a part of the Bavarian Competence Network for Artificial Machine Intelligence.
Human cells have a sophisticated regulatory system at their disposal: labeling proteins with the small molecule ubiquitin. In a first, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in marking proteins with ubiquitin in a targeted manner, in test tubes as well as in living cells. The procedure opens the door to exploring the inner workings of this vital regulatory system.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has awarded the 100th fellowship in its postdoc program. The recipient is the Taiwanese biotechnologist Chien-Yun Lee from the National Chung Hsing University. She will spend her one-year stay at TUM working with the team of Prof. Küster (Proteomics and Bioanalytics) in Freising-Weihenstephan.
Informatics, robotics and machine intelligence are central fields of research at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Now TUM is networking as a part of the new Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit (HAICU) to strengthen these future-oriented fields. Fabian Theis, Professor for Mathematical Modelling of Biological Systems at TUM, will head the Germany-wide research network.