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Professor Susanne Hartmann is developing the field of immunology of infectious disease as a research area at Freie Universität Berlin.
Worms that live in the human intestine or skin leave most people feeling nothing but disgust. But these parasites can also be useful: They are apparently able to keep the human immune system in check in an intelligent way. This property could help precisely those patients whose immune systems “go crazy,” attacking even the body’s own tissue and missing invasive pathogens.
At the Institute of Meteorology, a guest researcher from Iran is helping to develop models to better understand the distribution of air pollution in Berlin.
They measure sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, benzene, and particulate matter. Some of the things they record are odorless, while others have a distinctive unpleasant smell – and yet, the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment has given its air quality measurement network an evocative name: BLUME, German for “flower.”
Biochemist Tina Romeis of Freie Universität Berlin has decoded the mechanisms used to transmit stimuli in plants.
Researchers from Freie Universität Berlin have shown how stimuli are transmitted long distances in plants. Tina Romeis, a professor of biochemistry, and her team analyzed controlled attacks by bacteria on the plant Arabidopsis thaliana (mousear cress). They were able to show for the first time in an experiment that information spreads from cell to cell within a plant via a signal chain.