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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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Ecology . Plant Research

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Diversity in a monoculture

April 15, 2015

Functional differences within a species ensure its survival and improve the productivity of the whole ecosystem [more]

Plant Research

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Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA

February 26, 2015

RNA interference protects potato plants against herbivore attack [more]

Genetics . Plant Research

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Wild genes enhance stress tolerance

October 14, 2014

The genome of the wild tomato Solanum pennellii provides clues as to why this tomato species is so tolerant to stress [more]

Physiology . Plant Research

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Playing tag with sugars in the cornfield

September 26, 2014

Armyworms deactivate a maize chemical defense by reattaching a sugar in the opposite configuration [more]

Physiology . Plant Research

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Researchers block plant hormone

August 17, 2014

A small molecule inhibits jasmonic acid and helps to explain its effects [more]

Plant Research

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Making new species without sex

June 10, 2014

Plants can transfer their entire genetic material to a partner in an asexual manner [more]

Physiology . Plant Research

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Beetles that taste like mustard

May 09, 2014

Flea beetles outwit their host plant’s mustard oil bomb and use it for their own purposes [more]

Plant Research

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Nectar: a sweet reward from plants to attract pollinators

March 16, 2014

Flowering plants need sugar transporter SWEET9 for nectar production [more]

 
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