Topics for Journalists

Are you a journalist looking for a topic? For example, about an exciting research project, or a professor with a particular field of interest, or a development for the market of the future? Freie Universität has a collection of stories ready for you. To help facilitate your search for new topics, we offer journalists a monthly selection of newsworthy contributions, features, and background reports – as a reference and stimulus for your own articles. If you publish something, we would greatly appreciate a copy or a link to the online text or radio or television broadcast.

Die elektronenmikroskopische Aufnahme der Sprossspitze zeigt, dass diese in Arabidopsispflanzen, in denen das ROCK1 Gen mutiert ist, größer ist. ROCK1-Pflanzen entwickeln daher schneller neue Blüten.

A Sweet Kind of Control

Plant biologists from Freie Universität have discovered how a nucleotide sugar transporter affects the growth of plants.

What does a specific nucleotide sugar transporter have to do with plant hormones? Plant researchers at the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences (DCPS) at Freie Universität asked themselves this question as part of their studies of the plant hormone cytokinin.

Entzündliche Verdichtungen des Gewebes sind bei bakteriellen Pneumonien auf dem Röntgenbild oft gut sichtbar. Was genau in der Lunge passiert, wenn sie von Erregern wie Pneumokokken befallen ist, ist noch nicht erforscht.

An Underestimated Risk

At a collaborative research center, researchers are working to find answers to previously unresolved questions involving lung inflammations and infections.

Each year 740,000 people in Germany contract some form of pneumonia outside a hospital. About one-third of them become so sick that they require inpatient treatment. Even with medical attention, twelve percent do not survive the infection.

Wandmalerei mit Kraftausdrücken: „Cacator / cave malu“ (dt. „Scheißer, hüte dich vor Ärger“) warnt eine antike Göttin den nackten hockenden Mann an einem Gebäude in Pompeji.

Where Even the Gods Were Powerless

Pollution was a problem even back in antiquity – and lack of awareness wasn’t the issue then, either.

Chemical waste, vehicle exhaust, soil poisoned by fracking: Nowadays, industrial progress since the 19th century is considered the main cause of pollution. But were people 1,000 or 2,000 years ago more environmentally conscious in their actions because there was no industry in the modern sense? Did they live in harmony with nature, as idyllic depictions in ancient and medieval literature would seem to suggest?

Last Update: Apr 20, 2015