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“Curiosity Is the Most Important Personality Trait of a Researcher” – Philip Wigge Is Interested in How Plants Sense Temperature

When we feel cold, we get goosebumps and put on warm clothes. When it’s very hot, we start to sweat. Plants, too, sense the temperature and use this... more
Foto: Prof. Dr. Jana Eccard. Foto: Thomas Roese

Every Individual is Different – Biologists explore the individual behavior of small mammals

In the ancient fables of the Greek poet Aesop, animals have a character. The rural mouse is careful and has problems being around people. The urban... more
Rädertierchen. Foto: AG Ökologie und Ökosystemmodellierung.

Interplay of Nature – How biodiversity relates to ecological dynamics

Biodiversity is rapidly declining worldwide, on land and in the water. In Germany alone, a quarter of all plants and a third of all animal species are... more
Prof. Dr. Katja Hanack. Foto: Karla Fritze.

Cozy in the Petri Dish – Bioscientists at the University of Potsdam are breaking new ground in antibody production

They are the weapons of our body against unwanted invading microorganisms. Antibodies bind to the surface of viruses and bacteria. Specialized... more
Foto: Markus Grebe betrachtet eine acht Wochen alte Ackerschmalwand-Pflanze im Pflanzenraum. Foto: Thomas Roese.

Everything in Its Right Place – Plant physiologists examine control mechanisms in cell plants

Whether in plants, animals, or human beings, cells are the buildings blocks of life. Their interiors are little organisms in themselves, consisting of... more
Prof. Dr. Dirk Wagner. Foto: Karla Fritze.

Quite Warm, Quite Cold – Geomicrobiologist Dirk Wagner researches the smallest lifeforms in extreme environments

The Arctic, deserts, and volcanos: Life exists in very unexpected places – and on a surprising scale. Geomicrobiologist Prof. Dr. Dirk Wagner tracks... more
Prof. Dr. Michael Hofreiter. Foto: Karla Fritze.

Fishing for DNA – A drilling core reveals the history of an entire ecosystem

How wild horses and chickens were bred thousands of years ago, which species were closely related to the long-extinct European straight-tusked... more
Prof. Dr. Elke Dittmann. Foto: Thomas Roese.

Old as the Hills and Still in Top Form – Cyanobacteria are survival specialists – and the research focus of Elke Dittmann

It could have all turned out differently. Looking back, Prof. Dr. Elke Dittmann attributes her success in becoming Professor of Microbiology at the... more
In Experimenten ließen die Wissenschaftler die Algen unter verschiedenen Bedingungen wachsen. Foto: Elly Spijkerman

A Question of Transport – Microalgae Fixate Carbon Dioxide

They are invisible to the naked eye. Only in massive quantities do they color water green. Aquatic microalgae are tiny organisms, which usually... more
Björn Huwe und Annelie Fiedler machten die Moose „fit“ fürs All. Foto: Annelie Fiedler

Surviving in Space – Why There’s Moss on the ISS

All the lights on campus are off. Only in Björn Huwe’s office a screen is flickering. The biologist is sitting at his desk in the institute building... more