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13.06.2019
An antifungal defense: Beewolves sterilize their brood cell with nitric oxide

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Microbial spoilage of stored food is not only a problem for humans. Beewolves, who store large provisions of paralyzed honey bees for their larvae, are also endangered by mold fungi. In the recent eLife publication Dr. Engl and colleagues from Mainz and Regensburg found an extraordinary defense mechanisms: eggs of this digger wasp release high concentrations of the radical gas nitric oxide that downright sterilize the entire brood cell shortly after oviposition....

17.05.2019
Topping-out Ceremony of BioCenter II

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The four story tall building on the campus of JGU will be adjacent to BioCenter I. From autumn 2020 the BioCenter II will provide space for around 300 people working in the Institute of Molecular Physiology, the Biochemistry (FB09) and the Institut für Biotechnologie und Wirkstoff-Forschung (IBWF gGmbH)....

13.05.2019
The Research Training Group Genregulation in Evolution (GenEvo) will be established by the DFG at the Faculty of Biology

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The DFG will provide around 5 Million Euro to establish the research and training program of GenEvo at the Faculty of Biology over the next few years. The goal of GenEvo is to gain a better understanding of the Evolution of complex gene regulatory Systems. Within GenEvo the Faculty of Biology collaborates with the IMB. Therefore, Prof. Foitzik (FB10) as well as Prof. Ketting (IMB) will be the speakers of GenEvo. ...

29.03.2019
Designer organelles in cells produce synthetic proteins

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A research team led by Prof. Lemke from the Institute of Molecular Physiology has engineered a designer organelle in a living mammalian cell in a new complex biological translation process. The created membraneless organelle can build proteins from natural and synthetic amino acids carrying new functionalities. ...

20.02.2019
Arms race between ant societies: Gene activity in defenders depends on invading slavemaking ants

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T. americanus is a slavemaking ant found in northeastern America. These tiny social insects neither rear their offspring nor search for food themselves. Instead, they raid nests of another ant species, Temnothorax longispinosus, kidnap their larvae and pupae to bring these back to their own nest. Biologists of the Foitzik group examined the special relationship between the parasites and their host and made an exciting discovery....

14.02.2019
Honeybees' waggle dance no longer useful in some cultivated landscapes

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For bees and other social insects, being able to exchange information is vital for the success of their colony. One way honeybees do this is through their waggle dance, which is a unique pattern of behavior, which probably evolved more than 20 million years ago. A bee's waggle dance tells its sisters in the colony where to find a high-quality source of food. Results of Dr. Grüter from the Foitzik Group have been published in Science Advances....

24.01.2019
Further Funding for Research Project ISIBELa

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Successful project in the field of cancer therapy is prolongued for a second round. The Project is headed by the University Medical Center Mainz. From FB10 Research group Hankeln is taking part. Congratulations!...

11.12.2018
ERC Consolidator Grant for Martin Kaltenpoth

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he SYMBeetle project will investigate the symbiont supported biosynthesis of the cuticula as a key mechanism which potenially has supported the evolutionary success of beetles....

26.11.2018
CRC 1361 will be established by the DFG at the Faculty of Biology

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The new collaborative research center focussing on DNA repair and genome stabilty will bring together scientists from JGU, IMB, TU Darmstadt, LMU Munich and Goethe University. The speaker is Prof. Ulrich who is professor at FB10 and director at IMB. ...

18.10.2018
How plants bind their green pigment chlorophyll

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Whenever you see green color out in nature, you are likely to look at chlorophyll. This is the pigment used by all plants to do photosynthesis. There are two versions, chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b. These are structurally very similar to one... ...

18.10.2018
How beetle larvae thrive on carrion

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Burying beetles rely on their gut symbionts in order to transform decaying carcasses into nutritious nurseries for their young. ...

15.10.2018
Professorship in Functional Neruobiology

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Prof. Heine will start his research and teaching at JGU in the winter term. His research focusses on the plasticity of synapses and neuronal networks using electrophysiological methods....

08.10.2018
Professorship in Cellular Neurobiology

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Prof. Jacob will start her research and teaching at JGU in the winter term. Her research focusses on the maintenance and regeneration of the nervous system by chromatin remodelling. ...

28.09.2018
Professorship in Microbiology

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Prof. Heermann will start his research and teaching at JGU in the winter term. His research team works on the molecular principles of the regulation of the interplay between symbiosis and pathogenicity of bacteria. ...

26.09.2018
Professorship in Molecular Plant Sciences

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Prof. Wachter will start his research and teaching at JGU in the winter term. His research focusses on the molecular mechanisms of alternative splicing in plants which for example has implications for the gene regulation. ...

27.09.2018
IRP Schellenberg Research Prize for Prof. Jacob

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The IRP foundation awards the proze every second year for extraordinary researchers in the field of paraplegia. Prof. Jacob received the award for her work on Schwann cells in the peripheral nervous system and its plasticity. Photo (c) Urs Albrecht, Fribourg (CH). ...

07.09.2018
Best Paper Prize for Dr. Max Lauterbach

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Dr. Lauterbach did his doctoral thesis in the group of Gudrun Kadereit und has reeived the prize of for a paper resulting from this work. Congratulations! ...

29.08.2018
A study of ants provides information on the evolution of social insects

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The success of ant colonies is based on a strict division of labor. However, until now the genes responsible for regulating the behavior of the workers have not been known. ...

18.07.2018
Lateral gene transfer enables chemical protection of beetles against antagonistic fungi

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Scientists of the Kaltenpoth group and the HIK in Jena have discovered that bacteria associated to Lagria villosa beetles can produce an antifungal substance very similar to one found in tunicates living in the marine environment. ...

30.07.2018
Acceptance of W2 professorship in Microbiology

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Dr. Heermann from LMU Munich has accepted the offer of the W2 professorship in Micorbiology. He will start his research and teaching at FB10 of JGU on October 1, 2018. ...

13.07.2018
International Symposium on Usher Syndrome in Mainz

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The Usher syndrome the most common form of hereditary combined deaf-blindness in human. Biologists around Dr. Nagel-Wolfrum (IDN) and Prof. Wolfrum (IMP) organize the 4th Internatonal symposium in cooperation with an international alliance. ...

04.07.2018
Acceptance of W3 professorship in Molecular Plant Sciences

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Dr. Wachter from the University of Tübingen has accepted the offer of the W3 professorship in Molecular Plant Sciences. He will start his research and teaching at FB10 of JGU on October 1, 2018. ...

30.06.2018
Acceptance of W2 professorship in Cellular Neurobiology

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Prof. Claire Jacob from University of Fribourg (Switzerland) has accepted the offer of the W2 professorship in Cellular Neurobiology. She will start her research and teaching at FB10 of JGU on October 1, 2018. ...

25.06.2018
Opening of BioCenterI and laying of corner stone for BioCenter II

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BioCenter I will provide space für 200 people on 4.700 m2. The building integrates modern lab space as well as teaching and other space. It is expected that the construction of BioCenter II will last until autumn 2020. ...

19.06.2018
Brood care gene steers the division of labor among ants

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The success of ant colonies is based on a strict division of labor. However, until now the genes responsible for regulating the behavior of the workers have not been known. ...

09.05.2018
New DFG priority program on the dark proteome at the Faculty of Biology

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Prof. Edward Lemke will coordnate the new SPP, which will foster research on the biogenesis of special protein complexes in the cell. The DFG has granted 6 Mio Euro from 2019 onwards for the next three years. ...

08.05.2018
Peter Baumann receives Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

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Today, Prof. Peter Baumann was honored with the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. In Berlin he received the highest german research award in the presence of a delegation from JGU, the Faculty of Biology and the IMB. ...

02.05.2018
Funding of IMB extended to 2027 by Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and State Rhineland-Palatinate

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The Instiute of Molecular Biology (IMB) of JGU will be funded by additional 106 million Euro. This announcemnet was given today by prime minister Malu Dreyer and Christoph Boehringer, CEO of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation. ...

30.04.2018
Acceptance of W3 professorship in Functional Neurobiology

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Martin Heine from the Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology in Magdeburg has accepted the offer of the W3 professorship in Functional Neurobiology. He will start his research and teaching at FB10 of JGU on October 1, 2018 ...

23.03.2018
Dr. Jan Werner receives the Arnold Berliner Award 2018

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The journal The Science of Nature has awarded Dr. Jan Werner for his paper „Was endothermy in amniotes induced by an early stop in growth during ontogeny? (Werner J. & Griebeler E.M. 2017) “. Congratulations! ...

15.03.2018
New insights into the origin of elongated heads in early medieval Germany

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By analyzing DNA obtained from these elongated skulls, Professor Joachim Burger's team revealed that these women likely migrated to early Bavarian settlements from eastern Europe. Publication in PNAS. ...

14.03.2018
Short-term memory shows age-dependent degradation in fruit flies

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The APP-similar protein is necessary for the maintenance of the working memory and inhibits age-dependent memory loss. Publication of the Strauß group at IDN in Current Biology. ...

09.03.2018
Acceptance of W3 professorship in Molecular Neurodevelopmental Biology

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Marion Silies from the European Neuroscience Institute in Göttingen has accepted the offer of the W3 professorship in Molecular Neurodevelopmental Biology. She will start her research and teaching at FB10 of JGu on January 1, 2019. ...

07.03.2018
Researchers identify the genetic basis for raids of ants

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Some ants raid hosts and integrate the hosts offspring in their own colony in order to gain an advantage. These raids are regulated by different genes in closely related temnothroax ants. Publication of the Foitzik group at iOME in Scientific Reports. ...

02.03.2018
Project "Durch die BLUME" sends 400 sets for research to schools in Rhineland Palatinate

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Teachers can use the contents of the sets to demonstrate diversity in biology classes. The project was initiated by the didactics group of the Faculty of Biology. ...

16.02.2018
Tag des Fachbereichs

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A comprehensive program of talks, poster sessions and social events showed the research and teching at the Faculty and shows future perspectives. More than 200 people participated in the event. ...

14.02.2018
68 Million years of usage of the same antibiotics

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Researchers of the Kaltenpoth lab could show that beewolves use an cocktail of antibiotics to protect their offspring against mold fungi that basically did not change since 68 million years. Published in PNAS. ...

13.02.2018
NMFZ Research Award 2018 for Dr. Jacob

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The NMFZ has awarded Dr. Jacob for his studies on the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae which were published in 2017 in the journal Microbiology. Jacob works in the group of Prof. Thines at the iMP.

24.01.2018
Ants rapidly adapt their wax layer to climate conditions

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Individuals react to changes in the climate within three weeks by changing the hydrocarbon profile of their wax layer. The results of the study are published in Functional Ecology. Read more... ...

17.11.2017
Bacteria enable beetles to feed on a leafy diet

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Togehter with an international team, the group of Prof. Kaltenpoth describes bacteria in leaf beatle that aids the beatle to digest parts of the plants cell wall. Read more... ...

18.09.2017
Project "Durch die BLUME" receives international award

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An innovative teaching concept of the didactics group of FB10 has been honored as a project of United Nations decade of biological diversity. Congratulations! ...

30.08.2017
Postdocs at the Faculty of Biology receive stipends of the Carl Zeiss Foundation

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The applications for postdoctoral stipends for Dr. Christina Müller (2nd from left) and Dr. Stefan Jacobs (first from right) were successful. They will be funded for 2 years doing research in PD Albers group (Müller) and Prof. Thines group (Jacobs). ...

18.07.2017
Modern domestic dog has a single geographic origin

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By analyzing the DNA of two prehistoric dogs from Germany, an international research team led by Krishna R. Veeramah, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University in the USA has determined that their genomes were the probable ancestors of modern European dogs. More.. ...

12.07.2017
Acceptance of W3 professorship in Molecular Biology

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Prof. Peter Baumann, HHM Invesitgator at the Stowers Institute in Kansas City has accepted the position. The Faculty and the IMB were successful in applying for of a Humboldt professorship for Prof. Baumann. He will start at JGU on Oct 1, 2017. ...

11.07.2017
Lipids stabalise LHCII by a complementary structure

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The group of Harald Paulsen has measured the stabilty of LHCII through single molecule force microscopy. Seiwert at al. have published their findings in Scientific Reports. Read more... ...

30.06.2017
New insight into how telomeres protect cells from premature senescence

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Researchers at the Faculty of Biology and at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) and have further uncovered the secrets of telomeres, i.e., the caps that protect the ends of our chromosomes. Read more... ...

28.06.2017
Chemical profile of ants adapts rapidly

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The bodies of ants and other insects are covered with a thin, wax-like layer that protects them from desiccation and enables them to exchange information, in social insects, for instance, to differentiate between enemies and nestmates. Read more... ...

07.06.2017
Fruitflies react to continued stress similar as humans

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Continued stress leads to a depression-like state in drosophila melanogaster. This results in bahavioral changes in climbing, walking and waltz as shown in the study by the Strauss group published in Nature Communications. ...

01.06.2017
Dr. Sara Kuntz has been awarded at the Dies Academicus

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The biologist has received award of the the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for her dissertation on the identification of sigmnal pathways for visual navigation memory in the Strauss group. ...

28.04.2017
Cooperation of burying beetle witth microbes during carcass utilization

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A research team around the Kaltenpoth lab has found a mechanism for conserviation and preparation of food for offspring and protection against competitors. ...

10.05.2017
Gene inactivation inhibits development of a larvae in Drosophila

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The group of David Rosenkranz has discovered that inactvatio of the hop gene leads to disturbance of the production of piRNAs adn finally to programmed cell death in fly eggs. ...

25.04.2017
Symbiotic bacteria: Guarding of herbivorous beetles

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Microbes can act as allies in interactions of animals with plants. A research team of the group around M. Kaltenpoth have found a microbe which seems to have two faces.. ...

26.04.2017
Philpp Girr accepted to the Gutenberg Academy

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PhD student Philpp Girr is currently doing his thesis research in the group of Harald Paulsen. His research focusses on the biological function of the water-soluble chlorophyll protein. Congratulations! ...

25.04.2017
Acceptance of W3 professorship in Molecular Physiology

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Dr. Edward Lemke, currently PI at the EMBL in Heidelberg, has accepted the position of a W3 professorship at JGU's Faculty of Biology. He will start to work at JGU on January 1, 2018. We are happy to welcome our new colleague! ...

20.04.2017
Slavemaker ants carry less informative chemical signals

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Scientists of the Foitzik group have discovered that slavemaker ants carry a chemical stealth and are therefore not recognised by its' offenders. ...

31.03.2017
Topping-Out Ceremony of BioCenter I

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The topping-out ceremony of BioCenter I has taken place after 12 months of construction work. The building will host large parts of the Faculty of Biology which is now quite distributed over the campus. ...

23.02.2017
Spineless bees employ soldier bees to protect their nests

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The results of Dr. Grüter and coworkers have been published in Nature. ...

10.02.2017
Appointment of Dr. Brian Luke as Heisenberg professor for Chromosomal Biology and Senescence Research

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Prof. Brian Luke has started his research and teaching in Mainz. His research focusses on the age-dependent shortening of chromosomal telomeres and their role in genome stability and DNA repair. ...

23.01.2017
Institutional Rearrangement of the Faculty of Biology

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A generational change of the professors within the Faculty of Biology is accompanied by a change in the structures of the Faculty. Formerly, the Faculty cobnsisted of nine institutes which have now been replaced by three newly formed institutes. ...

14.11.2016
E-Learning project of Lisa Kissi

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PhD student Lisa Kissi of the Prof. Dreesmann's "Didaktik der Biologie" group has develop an e-learning module that allows school kids to learn about biological diversity through a rallye of the Botanical Garden. ...

27.10.2016
Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Howard Hughes Investigator Peter Baumann

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Prof. Peter Baumann from the Stowers Institute in Kansas City (USA) has received a Humboldt professorship in conjunction with a proseeorship opening at JGU's Faculty of Biology. The ceremony will take placve in May 2018 in Berlin. Congratulations! ...

27.10.2016
Biology's Student Body has won a video competition set by the Gutenberg Teaching Council

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For the third time the Gutenberg Teaching Council and the Mediacenter of JGU have launched a video competition for students. This timne the topic was "Interdisciplinarity - Studies and Teaching at JGU". We congratualte our student body at the Faculty of Biology! ...

25.08.2016
Start of Infrastructural Renewal: Laying of the Cornerstone for BioCenter I

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The cornerstone for the new Biocenter was set by the minister for research, JGU's president, JGU's chancellor and the dean as well as the vice dean of the Faculty of Biology. The new building will house two out of three future institutes of the Faculty of Biology. ...

03.03.2016
Social insects and the division of labor: In case of interferences, allrounders have the edge over specialists

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