30.06.2010

A worm bites off enough to chew

Pristionchus pacificus is preying upon a smaller Caenorhabditis elegans worm. Photo: Andreas Weller / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Max Planck researchers have uncovered an ingenious evolutionary trick: a signalling chain is allocated several functions, enabling optimal adaptation to environmental conditions[more]


29.06.2010

Robot, mix me a drink!

Oliver Kroemer, PhD Student at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Photo: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.

PhD Student from Tübingen wins international award. [more]


24.06.2010

Recognition at first sight

The Thatcher illusion: Local changes in facial features are hardly noticeable when the whole face is inverted (rotated 180°), but strikingly grotesque when the face is upright. In the Diagram two faces of an individual are presented. One picture is normal, while the seems grotesque by an upright presentation, but not if the faces are rotated 180°. Moreover, this illusion disappears if faces of another species are manipulated in the same way (see monkey faces). Graphics: Christoph Dahl / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Max Planck scientists investigate the way faces are recognized[more]


23.06.2010

Plant growth hormones: antagonists cooperate

Optical cross-section of the growth zone of Arabidopsis. The distribution of an essential regulator is shown in green, the cytokinin and auxin molecule are shown in red and green. Picture: Jan Lohmann / University of Heidelberg.

Stem cell researchers from Heidelberg and Tübingen (Germany) elucidate complex interaction between auxin and cytokinin[more]


10.06.2010

Biologist from Tübingen has been elected into the French Academy of Sciences

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard looking at a fish tank containing zebra fish (Danio rerio). Photo: L'Oréal / Max-Planck-Institut for Developmental Biology

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, director at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, has been elected into the French Academy of Sciences.[more]


02.06.2010

No free lunch in nature either – the dilemma of plants fighting infections

Scanning electron micrograph of an Arabidopsis leaf infected with powdery mildew. The tree-like structures are leaf trichomes, the white filaments are vegetative structures and the white rods are reproductive organs of the fungus. The "storm" in the background is from electrons scattering on the surface of the microscope chamber. (Image: Jürgen Berger and Marco Todesco / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology)

Scientists from Tübingen reveal an evolutionary dilemma: plants that are more resistant to disease grow more slowly and are less competitive than susceptible relatives when enemies are rare.[more]


01.06.2010

"Nothing else matters - but the colors"

Spuren IV - Painting by Ingrid Krüger 54x37cm, 2006

The Max Planck House is showing paintings of Ingrid Krüger.[more]


19.05.2010

An island as a reflection of the world

Insects are attracted by light. In order to get a better picture of the beetle biodiversity on the island La Réunion, white sheets were hung up and illuminated with black light. The attracted beetles were caught and described later in the lab. Photo: Matthias Herrmann / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Réunion is to Ralf Sommer and Matthias Herrmann from the Max Plank Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen what the Galápagos Islands were to Charles Darwin. The island in the Indian Ocean is where the biologists are...[more]


18.05.2010

How plants adapt to environmental changes

The blossom and growth behavior of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana is examined at the Max Planck Institute for Development Biology. Photo: Bernd Schuller/Max Planck Institute of Development Biology

Two biologists from Tübingen are involved in a new DFG priority program[more]


17.05.2010

Heli Trainer flight simulator presented exclusively at the ILA

Heli Aviation GmbH together with KUKA Roboter GmbH and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics will be presenting a concept study for a new helicopter flight trainer at the ILA. (Photo: Jo Teichmann)

The flight simulator Heli Trainer will be presented exclusively at the ILA fair in Berlin.[more]


20.04.2010

„BeGrenzen“ - Experiments with Art

„Verschleiert", 70 x 100, Acryl Malerei und Spray Paint auf Leinwand, von Helga Mayer

The Max Planck House is showing paintings of Helga Mayer.[more]


13.04.2010

Girls’ Day: The fascinating world of research

Girls Day at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen on the 23rd of April 2009. Photo: Lisa Braun/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

At the Max Planck Campus in Tübingen girls turn for one day into scientists and boys into service providers in kitchen, administration and press office. Major of Tübingen, Boris Palmer, will be looking over the girl's shoulders.[more]


15.03.2010

How plants put down roots

DIC image of immature seed after the first embryonic cell division. Proembryo (yellow), suspensor (blue), endosperm (green), and remaining pollen tube (red) are false colored. Image: Martin Bayer / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Tübingen-based developmental geneticists research organ development in the plant embryo[more]


22.02.2010

MAMU: An art exhibition

„Sein und Bewusstsein" aus der Serie „Dichter" 2006, Acryl auf Leinwand, 120x90. Bild von MAMU

An art exhibition on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen[more]


11.02.2010

Detlef Weigel receives Otto Bayer Prize 2010

Detlef Weigel, head of the Molecular Biology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. Image: Anne Faden / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Director at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen is honored for his work in the field of plant genetics / His results allow predictions on how wild as well as agricultural plants will adapt to climate...[more]


03.02.2010

The quick and the dead: evidence that movement is swiftest in response to events in the environment

Two people were challenged to press a row of buttons faster than their opponent. Photo: Nancy Mendoza/Max Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics

German and British scientists proofed, that we move faster when we react to something than we do when we initiate the action ourselves[more]


28.01.2010

Uncorrelated activity in the brain helps function

Neurons in Cortical Circuits. Photo: Alexander Ecker; Jakob Reimer; Andreas Tolias

Interconnected networks of neurons process information and give rise to perception by communicating with one another via small electrical impulses known as action potentials.[more]


27.01.2010

The roots of food security

Increased lateral root density after treatment with the hormone auxin. Photo: Ive De Smet

Max Planck Scientists discovered how certain hormones control aspects of root branching in plants[more]


22.01.2010

Nino Shervashidze wins Outstanding Student Paper Award

Nino Shervashidze. Photo: Stephanie Bertenbreiter/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Nino Shervashidze received one of the most prestigious awards in Machine Learning, the NIPS Outstanding Student Paper Award 2009.[more]


12.01.2010

„abstrakt“ – an art exhibition

"Verzückend" A picture painted with acrylic paint on paper from Cora Kürner

An art exhibition on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen[more]


08.01.2010

Micro RNAs make Genes shut up

Research as Art: Micro RNAs make Genes shut up, Image: Hannes Rall and Michael Meier, created after the idea of Christoph Bächtle and Ralf Kindervater.

German researchers have discovered a novel mechanism for gene regulation[more]


31.12.2009

Evolution caught in the act

Different strains of the common thale cress Arabidopsis thaliana; Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

US-German team measures how quickly genomes change[more]


21.12.2009

A facial expression is worth a thousand words

Interpreting this facial expression correctly (as a „thoughtful“ expression) is very difficult based on this photo alone. When showing the corresponding video sequence, however, recognition becomes easy, which underlines the importance of the temporal dimension for effective communication.

Moving pictures are more suitable to interpret the mood of a person than a static photograph.[more]


07.12.2009

How to read brain activity?

The electroencephalogram (EEG) is widely used by physicians and scientists to study brain function and to diagnose neurological disorders. Photo: Kevin Whittingstall/Max Planck Institute for Biolological Cybernetics

For the very first time, scientists have shown what EEG can really tell us about brain functioning[more]


03.12.2009

A special kind of flight training

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff conducting a perception experiment in the flight simulator in of the Cyberneum in Tübingen. Image: Anne Faden/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

A new generation of flight simulators will attempt to make air traffic safer[more]


03.11.2009

Mobile microscopes illuminate the brain

New data from rats with head-mounted microscopes shed light on how we put the world together seamlessly while we move around. Image: Jason Kerr / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Tiny laser-scanning microscope images brain cells in freely moving animals[more]


13.10.2009

Jürgen Berger and Mahendra Sonawane won the Focus Photo Contest

Zebrafish larvae, first prize Image: Jürgen Berger and Mahendra Sonawane / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Their image of two-day-old zebrafish larvae convinced the jury.[more]


09.10.2009

Open House at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Isolating DNA from bananas. Image: Susanne Diederich / Max Planck Campus Tübingen

On Saturday, October 17th, 2009, from 2 pm the Max Planck Institutes for Developmental Biology and Biological Cybernetics will open their doors and present their research highlights.[more]


03.09.2009

Mirror carp with gene in reserve

Nicolas Rohner catches zebrafish for his experiment, Photo: Bernd Schuller/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

A duplicated gene provides the mirror carp with a back-up copy that protects against the effects of mutations and ensures sparse squamation.[more]


27.08.2009

Motivation Impetus for Researcher on Bacteria

Dirk Linke

Dirk Linke (37) has been awarded the Advancement Award of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie, DGHM)[more]


21.08.2009

The blossoms of maturity

Arabidopsis thaliana, Image: Jürgen Berger / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

A newly discovered signaling pathway ensures that plants remember to flower – even without positive signals from the environment.[more]


20.08.2009

Walking in circles

Walking trajectories in the Bienwald forest (Germany). Participants started walking from two different starting positions (red dots). The participants KS, PS and RF walked on a cloudy day. When SM walked, the sun was visible (except for the first 15 minutes). Image: Jan Souman, Google Earth

Scientists from Tübingen, Germany, show that people really walk in circles when lost[more]


13.07.2009

Getting to the bottom of rice

Rice genome diversity reflects the landscapes where rice is grown - from lowland paddy fields to sloping uplands. Seed of the 20 OryzaSNP varieties arranged by variety type, with Nipponbare (temperate japonica) at the bottom and IR 64-21 (indica) at the top, Image: Artwork conceptualized by K. McNally, and photography courtesy of Chrisanto Quintana of IRRI.

Global rice research community provides critical tools to unravel the diversity of rice [more]


29.06.2009

The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory celebrates forty years of successful research

Employees of the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Image: Bernd Schuller / Friedrich Miescher Laboratory

The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory celebrates forty years of successful research[more]


29.04.2009

International honour for two Tübingen Max Planck researchers

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Detlef Weigel and Nikos Logothetis have been elected to the American National Academy of Sciences[more]


27.03.2009

Benjamin Schlager receives the PhD award of the German Society for Developmental Biology

Benjamin Schlager. Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Benjamin Schlager, PhD student in Ralf Sommers group at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, received the prize for his studies on the development of the nematode vulva.[more]


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