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Prof. Dr. Katja Hanack (M.) und Anja Hönow (l.) im Interview

Cells with Special Demands – A new detection system for SARS-CoV-2 is being developed at the University of Potsdam

COVID-19 tests are an important tool in pandemic response. Antigen rapid tests provide a result in just a few minutes but are relatively inaccurate.... more
Areas of forest fires in 2018, … | Photo: Dr. Thilo Heinken

The forest of tomorrow – On former burnt areas, researchers are studying how forests can become more resilient

The forest in Germany is doing badly. Since 1984, the health of trees has been published in the annual forest condition report. In 2020, only 21% of... more
PhD student Nastasja Grdseloff and Prof. Salim Seyfried assessing light sheet microscopy images | Photo: Kevin Ryl

Searching for a common denominator – Research network “V.A. Cure” investigates rare diseases

How do you research rare diseases for which there is no lobby? With the help of zebrafish, Potsdam University’s physiologist Prof. Dr. Salim Seyfried... more
Brown hare with transmitter | Photo: Carolin Scholz

Where the hare runs – How animals’ movements contribute to biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

The preservation of biodiversity is a social mandate. In the Research Training Group "BioMove" at the University of Potsdam, experienced experts are... more
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