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MaxPlanckApp

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MaxPlanckApp

You can now also receive research news from the Max Planck Institutes via an app available from the iTunes store or directly here as an Android version. [more]

Magazine

The discovery of light-sensitive channel proteins in the 1970s and 1980s hardly made a splash outside the scientific community. Initially, no one suspected that these ion channels would become a popular tool for neurobiologists. Today, neuroscientists can use tailor-made proteins to switch individual neurons on and off. This does not only make it possible to investigate the function of neurons in the brain, but also offers promising applications in medicine.

MaxPlanckResearch: Optogenetics

The discovery of light-sensitive channel proteins in the 1970s and 1980s hardly made a splash outside the scientific community. Initially, no one suspected that these ion channels would become a popular tool for neurobiologists. Today, neuroscientists can use tailor-made proteins to switch individual neurons on and off. This does not only make it possible to investigate the function of neurons in the brain, but also offers promising applications in medicine. [more]

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Plant Research

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Ethylene of no effect – why peppers do not mature after picking

August 03, 2012

Climacteric and non-climacteric fruits react differently to the plant hormone ethylene [more]

Microbiology . Plant Research

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Bacterial community inside the plant root

August 02, 2012

Plants choose the soil bacteria that they allow into their roots [more]

Microbiology . Plant Research

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Two species fused to give rise to plant pest

July 03, 2012

A fungal species native to Iran which attacks grasses is the result of natural hybridisation that occurred just a few hundred years ago [more]

Chemistry . Plant Research

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How plants make cocaine

June 06, 2012

The discovery of the first enzyme in the pathway sheds new light on the evolution of alkaloid formation [more]

Genetics . Plant Research

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An international consortium sequences the tomtato genome

May 30, 2012

Scientists of the University of Bonn are involved in the international project [more]

Plant Research

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Tobacco plants advertise their defensive readiness to attacking leafhoppers

May 23, 2012

Herbivores evaluate their host’s readiness for defence [more]

Plant Research

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Early flowering caused by faulty biological clock

May 14, 2012

A change in its internal clock helps barley adjust to cultivation in northern environments with short summers [more]

Plant Research

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Pod corn develops leaves in the inflorescences

April 24, 2012

A leaf gene active in the maize cob causes leaves to grow in the male and female inflorescences [more]

 
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