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The possibilities of molecular biology are developing rapidly. | Photo: AdobeStock/ipopba

Scissors for Genetic Material – Lena Hochrein optimizes molecular methods

The possibilities of molecular biology are developing rapidly. Today, researchers are able to modify the genome of every cell quickly, economically,... more
The research team in Namibia | Photo: Olwen Evans

Where Kudu and Springbok Live – Researchers from Potsdam examine if good wildlife management can help the savanna

The savanna is in danger. The African grasslands - picturesque groups of trees on wide plains, large herds of wild animals passing by, vigilantly eyed... more
Bioreactor for cultivating microorganisms in the innoFSPEC lab | Photo: Ernst Kazcysnki

Not Without Alternatives – Bioplastic made from waste replaces conventional plastics

Plastic is a part of our everyday life. It has been made from oil, natural gas, and coal for over 100 years. The negative consequences of this flood... more
In the laboratory. | Photo: Thomas Roese

When Plants Sound the Alarm – How genes and molecules protect plants from heat

Isabel Bäurle is a biologist who researches the heat stress memory of plants at the molecular level. Her findings could give fresh impetus to the... more
Bank vole | Photo: Thomas Roese

Animal ecologists in the home office – What can be done when researchers cannot experiment?

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Dr. Karin Schneeberger just published the latest findings on the behavior of Norway rats in the open access journal PLOS Biology. Now, the biologist,... more
Datenassimilation findet in vielen Gebieten Anwendung – mit am längsten eingesetzt wird sie in der Meteorologie. Grafik: Andreas Töpfer.

The Best of Both Worlds - The Connection between the Weather, Amoebae, and the Human Gaze

Data is all the rage. Satellite images make the entire world available - in detail and around the clock. Humans, too, are being captured down to the... more
Foto: Mike Thornton.

“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