Rhodiola improves memory


So far, no drugs are known to prevent age-related memory loss. A study now proves the memory-enhancing effect of a plant ester as an active ingredient from the medicinal plant Rhodiola rosea. more info

Too hot or too dry?

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

The summer of 2018 saw losses in arable crops of up to 50 percent in some regions of Germany. As such weather extremes are likely to increase, adapting agriculture to climate change is crucial.  more info

Predatory publishers harm academia

Predatory publishers that only simulate academic quality-assurance procedures harm the credibility of academia, which must develop greater awareness of this kind of business model. more info

Insulator-metal transition

Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

There are materials that can exhibit metal or insulator behaviour depending on their temperature. Being able to switch their properties, these materials could lead to a new generation of electronic... more info

Brood care gene steers the division of labour among ants

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

A strict division of labour prevails in the ant colony. Scientists have identified a gene, whose activity regulates the sensitivity to brood scent and thus influences the brood care behaviour of ants. more info


Sugar molecules modulate immune system

28/11/2018 | Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology

Sugar is more than just a pure source of energy. The body itself produces a whole battery of complex sugar chains which can influence mechanisms of the immune system, e.g. in reproductive biology. more info

Loyal consumers are left to foot the bill

28/11/2018 | Centre for European Economic Research

Electricity companies tend to increase their baseline electricity tariffs if more consumers search for cheaper tariffs on the internet. The ones that are losing out are consumers who remain loyal. more info

Multifunctional forests

22/11/2018 | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Timber production, recreation, carbon storage - forests have a lot on their plate. A study now reveals that diverse and old forests generally fare best in terms of services they provide. more info

Danger in the desert

22/11/2018 | German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

An infection with the MERS virus causes only a cold in camels, but can be fatal for humans. Researchers now analyze mutations to predict the risk of a pandemic. more info

New era for gene banks

14/11/2018 | Leibniz Insitute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

In the past, practical applications of gene banks in breeding were limited. Now, researchers have characterised at the molecular level a collection of barley comprising more than 22.000 seed samples. more info

Like the earthworm

21/11/2018 | INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials

Due to a dirt-repellent, lubricating layer earthworms are always clean. Inspired by this, researchers developed a friction-reducing material that might be applicable in industry or biomedicine. more info

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